DREW GROW AND THE PASTORS' WIVES, KELLI SCHAEFER, NO MORE TRAIN GHOSTS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland if there weren't a bevy of local bands showcasing their talents for a good cause. Artists from local label Amigo/Amiga are hosting a party to celebrate the season, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Oregon Food Bank. Longstanding troubadour Drew Grow has just released an EP of his startlingly stark solo work, The Comfort Feel; it's haunting music that should not be listened to alone on a dreary winter day. Meanwhile, the angel-voiced Kelli Schaefer recently led a successful campaign on fundraising website Kickstarter to drum up the money needed to put out a new full-length, which will compile previously released tracks like "Our Makeshift Gears Grind Gracefully"—a five-minute-long song so epic and mournful, it makes Joanna Newsom sound soulless. MARANDA BISH
SECRET CENTURY, BRITTLE BONES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's Brittle Bones week in Portland! In addition to the band's three shows this week, singer/guitarist Tasha "Trasher" Christensen will see double duty tonight as a member of billmates Secret Century. The all-female trio debuts their Pleasures Treasures LP tonight, a concise offering of upbeat pop numbers orchestrated by the band's founding member, Heidi Hull. Pleasures Treasures ricochets from straightforward rock and roll to electro-tinged pop numbers, all of which are capped by the desperate voice of Hull—the Secret Century frontwoman sings every word as if it's her last. EZRA ACE CARAEFF Also Read our article on Brittle Bones.
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