DOLLAR DOLLAR BILL Y'ALL: LUCK ONE, GRYNCH, SOLE PROVIDER, GEN. ERIK, KENNY MACK (Salmon Street Studios, 109 SE Salmon) ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS—The only thing better than local Pacific Northwest hiphop is paying only a buck to take it all in. Dollar Dollar Bill Y'all presents a few of our region's top emcees— Luck-One, Grynch, Sole Provider—for a door charge you can find in your couch cushions. EAC
WALT CURTIS BENEFIT: KING AND MOORE, LARRY YES, RICHARD MOORE, DUSTY SANTAMARIA (Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd) FROM ASHES—Legendary Northwest poet Walt Curtis lost everything he owned when the bookstore where he lived burned down in May. Friends and admirers host a benefit to help him recover: Tom Spanbauer, Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson, and other Portland literary talents will read, along with live jazz and more. SK
OLD 97's, DAVID WAX MUSEUM (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) England is a long way from Texas, where Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is busy mixing new songs for the band's forthcoming record at Texas Treefort Studios in the hills just outside Austin. Yet for almost two decades the Old 97's have had a pretty decent go of it making those disparate worlds play nice. In fact, in that span you'd be hard pressed to find a band that has married the chug and twang of outlaw country as seamlessly with tried-and-true British Invasion hooks. The Dallas-born four-piece (these days members are scattered between Texas, New York, and Los Angeles) continues to make music just out of earshot of Top 40 radio and fickle bloggers, instead settling for the unconditional love of cultish followers. ML
Jon Garcia coming up after the jump!
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JON GARCIA, MERE MENTION, LEONARD MYNX (Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) The biggest concern in the earliest material from Jon Garcia was volume. His quiet voice and bedroom production buried everything into a barely audible mix of soft guitars and even softer vocals. Yet with The Lake, his latest LP, Garcia has transformed from an introverted singer/songwriter to a brash frontman leading a fleshed-out rock band through shimmering alt-rock numbers. It's quite the transition, one that Garcia doesn't always master, but The Lake is consistently bolstered by solid arrangements and the confident voice of Garcia. He might have to update his bio and lose the Tim Buckley description, but perhaps a comparison to Buckley's son Jeff would be more fitting anyway. EZRA ACE CARAEFF