Another week, another Mercury music section to read while you save your Zimbabwean 100 billion dollar bills. Sadly, this is how much a loaf of bread costs in Zimbabwe. But to be fair, it's pretty great bread.
We talk PDX Pop Now! with local musicians who went from the crowd to the stage. Consider this your reminder: All glorious weekend long, at Rotture, two stages, four dozen bands, totally all-ages, and free free free!
The Builders And The Butchers - "Bottom Of The Lake" (performing Friday)
Starfucker - "German Love" (performing Saturday)
Sandpeople - "Just A Name" (performing Sunday)
Drinking gin from a jam jar with the party pit kings in the Hold Steady. I have a feeling that with this show and PDX Pop going down in the same weekend, next week is going to be a hungover mess. No loud noises please.
The Hold Steady - "One For The Cutters"
New Jersey theater-geeks Titus Andronicus name their band after the Bard, quote Black Flag, and give it up for the Boss. I think I am in love.
Titus Andronicus - "Arms Against Atrophy"
In this week's music columns, Cary Clarke writes about the Penny Jam and Lost Gospel, while I discover a television network that plays music (and loves Portland). Get this, it's called MTV. I have a feeling this is going to catch on with the kids.
End Hits: Anxiously awaiting the new season of Real World: Portland.