DIRTY PROJECTORS, DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE
ROBYN HITCHCOCK, JOE BOYD
MATT AND KIM, FANG ISLAND, DELTA BRAVO
School of Seven Bells, Lifesavas, and Jon Langford and Skull Orchard, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump.
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS, ACTIVE CHILD, THEMES
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Alpinisms, the first album from School of Seven Bells—the collaboration of sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza with former Secret Machines guitarist Benjamin Curtis—featured some whooshingly gorgeous music that sounded like a hit of pure oxygen. Their second record, Disconnect from Desire, is a bit more stifled, a bit more grounded in early '90s sounds, and a bit more darkly dance-goth than the ethereal sounds of Alpinisms. If that means the new record isn't initially as mysterious as its predecessor, it also means that School of Seven Bells have stripped away some of the ornamentation from their songwriting and musicianship, to good effect. The melodies are some of their best yet—"Windstorm" and "Bye Bye Bye" tickle deep reaches of your pop-music memory to sound instantly, reassuringly familiar—and the Dehezas' vocals are now even more capable of steering the band's widescreen vistas. NL
ACLU UNCENSORED: LIFESAVAS, THE ANGRY ORTS, DJ ANJALI
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) I know it's Banned Books Week and I know how absolutely essential the ACLU is to our society and how great their second annual Uncensored Celebration will be, but honestly all I care about right now is Lifesavas. Portland hiphop's finest, the 'Savas have been more or less dormant since the album cycle for Gutterfly died down last spring. Details are scarce on their new recording, tentatively titled iDentifi, but anytime you hand mics to Vursatyl and Jumbo, and place DJ Shines behind the ones and twos, good things happen—as they most surely will tonight. EAC
JON LANGFORD AND SKULL ORCHARD, WALTER SALAS-HUMARA, EUGENE WENDELL AND THE DEMON RIND
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Jon Langford continues to be the great rock and roll bridge between punk's back alleys and country music's windswept plains. For more than three decades Langford has had his hands in countless projects, most notably the Mekons, the band he helped form at the University of Leeds in 1977 (also the birthplace of Dave Allen's Gang of Four). That started the paper trail for the Three Johns, the Waco Brothers, Killer Shrews, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Hillbilly Love Child, his several solo albums for Bloodshot Records, and collaborations with everyone from the Old 97's to Barbara Manning. His new project, Skull Orchard, offers up more cynical yarns—spun by Langford's gruff pipes and fleshed out by a band that's as much CBGB as it is Grand Ole Opry. ML
Full show listings can be viewed here!