Tonight in Music: Denver, PDX Pop Now!, Weinland & More
DENVER, MICHAEL HURLEY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Denver.
PDX POP NOW!
(AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison) See All-Ages Action!
WEINLAND, HOOK AND ANCHOR, PETER RAINBEAU
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Aside from their super-popular New Year's shows, it's been quite a while since the Adam Shearer-fronted Weinland—one of Portland's best bands—has gotten together to play original work. Tonight they are, and you shouldn't miss it! Seeing Weinland a few years ago in the barn at Pickathon is still one of my favorite shows ever. ERIK HENRIKSEN
LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) When country sounds good, it sounds like Lyle Lovett. This Texas-born artist has been a household name for longer than you can remember. With a career that's spanned more than three decades, Lovett has not only played it all, he's defined his own brand of country, incorporating blues, jazz, and even gospel into his rich, intricate sound. His sweet tenor voice and signature curly mop have made numerous film and television appearances, in addition to his many years of live performances. He's the original cowboy hipster—a shy, slender singer/songwriter, ready to envelop you in his complex lyrics and quiet charm. ROSE FINN
DREAD ZEPPELIN, COMMONLY COURTEOUS, ROTARY AGE, MR. PLOW
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) This is quite a week for throwbacks, including the expected (Journey and Steve Miller at Sleep Country Amphitheatre, Sun July 20); the always welcome (Rakim at Hawthorne Theatre, Tues July 22); the shrug-I-guess-that-makes-sense (Grand Funk Railroad at the Linn County Fair in Albany, Sat July 19); and the oh-dear-god-kill-it-already (the Crystal Method at Whiskey Bar, Sat July 19). But the weirdest, most WTF throwback this week has got to be Dread Zeppelin turning up on the Tonic's calendar. An iffy prospect even in 1990, Dread Zeppelin were perhaps the first band to take nostalgia to grotesque extremes, performing awful reggae versions of Led Zeppelin songs (who had a couple awful reggae songs of their own already—looking at you, "D'Yer Mak'er" and "Fool in the Rain"). Their lead singer was/is a 300-pound Elvis impersonator named Tortelvis, and they somehow parlayed their gimmick into a contract with IRS Records and an opening gig with INXS. I don't know who on Earth is going to this show, but they're probably the same ones who shelled out for that Macaulay Culkin pizza thing a couple months ago. NL