Recommended by Santi Elijah Holley
Commenting on the years following the First World War, songwriter Hoagy Carmichael described the 1920s as coming in "with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals, and wild weekends." This is also an apt description for the music of Tumbledown House. The San Francisco band (and former Portlanders) play the kind of music that once filled speakeasies and other houses of ill repute, providing the soundtrack to the Prohibition era. More than a nostalgia act, Tumbledown House writes material that sounds just as at home in this decade as it did during the Roaring Twenties, while frontwoman Gillian Wolfe purrs and snarls onstage like Edith Piaf at the end of a five-day bender. The band has released three albums, most recently 2016's Sum and Substance, with nine original songs ranging in subject from Josephine Baker to Peruvian shamans. Head downstairs into the dim and clandestine Jack London Revue, order a gin rickey, and make believe you're rubbing elbows with Jay Gatsby.