BEAR IN HEAVEN, LOWER DENS, SUN AIRWAY
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Evoking Teutonic chill while simultaneously sounding lovingly and longingly warm, the songs of BrooklynÍs Bear in Heaven take familiar, current-day indie soundsÓunderwater synths, tribal drumsÓand make something altogether unique. NED LANNAMANN
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) We always knew Emmylou Harris was a class act, but if you needed any further proof, tonight's show is a benefit for the Portland Rescue Mission and the Shepherd's Door Rescue for Women. These ministry centers help homeless people get back on their feet, and it's incredibly generous of Harris to dedicate her time to the local charities' efforts. For this show, she'll be backed by drummer Brian Blade, bassist Chris Thomas, and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz—plus Daniel Lanois, the producer who helmed what might be the best album of Harris' career, 1995's Wrecking Ball. Having Lanois, a fine singer/songwriter in his own right, take time out of his busy schedule—he just produced Neil Young's brand-new album Le Noise, and is also getting a new band, Black Dub, under way with Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late Chris Whitley—means that this won't be a typical Emmylou Harris show. With proceeds going towards the missions' efforts, your money couldn't be better spent. NED LANNAMANN
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