“” “Cleromancy” isn’t a word one normally finds in rock lyrics. Then again, In Spades – the forthcoming album by The Afghan Whigs, from which the new song “Oriole” hails – is defined only by its own mystical inner logic. The term means to divine, in a supernatural manner, a prediction of destiny from the random casting of lots: the throwing of dice, picking a card from a deck. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery. “It’s a spooky record,” notes Greg Dulli, Afghan Whigs’ songwriter and frontman. “I like that it’s veiled. It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.” “”
“Fox & Bones: These two lovable maniacs are departing once again for a 30 day European tour. Send them off with a free soiree at The White Eagle
They are playing with these other bands: CORNER – Well crafted pop/folk tunes fronted by the intricate harmonies of the Lariza sisters. Alvie & The Breakfast Pigs – “Trashy Blues Rock” on tour from SF (with/ Brandon D Icenberg founding member of Scott’s orignal band “King Mixer”) Matthew Michael & Christina Marie – Hauntingly beautiful folk duo from Illinois.It’s free ya bums!”
DJ Set by Skull Diver DJs: DJ Boi Brow and DJ Messy Bunz
This show is free admission but we ask that if possible everyone brings a warming item (jackets, blankets, sweaters, gloves, etc) in good condition or canned food to be donated to a local shelter to help prep for winter.
“Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. This gift has been a matter of common knowledge since 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently at age 20. It was no secret before then, going back to those lucky witnesses who heard him belt “Johnny B. Goode” onstage at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band. Throughout his life, Broussard has been tapped as a talent to watch.”
Chuck Prophet describes his new album Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins (Feb 10, Yep Roc) as a California Noir, an album inspired partly by the mysterious death of rocker Bobby Fuller in LA in 1966. California has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs.
Gritty and jangly, Chuck’s new album features 13 original works that explore doomed love, loneliness and fast-paced violence via Chuck’s muscular songwriting craft. They include songs about Fuller, the death of David Bowie, and the killing of a San Francisco security guard named Alex Nieto that drew international headlines as Death by Gentrification.
North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their second decade with what is unquestionably the most vital album of their brilliant career. Released by Sony Legacy, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees North Mississippi Allstars continuing to think globally following 2013’s Earth-shaking WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING.
Balto w/ Smokey Brights and Weezy Ford
Balto’s return to the LP after a 5 year absence lands with a swell of feedback, a heavy downbeat, and a punch to the gut. “I’ve known love asa fleeting beauty lost upon the young.” It’s a coming of age album in the fullest sense, a 10-cut meditation on the realization that time is pushing us all closer to the void and away from one another, and that the doe-eyed romanticism of Balto’s early writing has long since sobered. Yet underneath that disillusionment is a sense of confident celebration in not only knowing a craft, but loving it. It’s an album of unbridled american rock’n’roll – steeped in the mythology of the legendary songwriters and Motown’s almighty groove. Biting cynicism, instant classics, tear-your-heart-out live energy, a willingness to swagger, rip hard, and live behind the beat.
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There are three events happening Saturday night, all for good causes. If only I were an octopus so I could attend all of them.
The one I will be attending is the 2017 Fall Benefit: The World Premiere of Nasty Woman! This is a project I am thankful to be part of because the first time I heard #NastyWoman, I knew it was gold, and it benefits Planned Parenthood’s Columbia-Willamette Chapter. To be at the recording session at Jackpot Studio was amazing. Over 20 musicians came and went that day and night to add guitar, drums, horns, and even a choir, which made for an anthemic sound if there ever was one. Ara Lee and Beth Wood‘s song was born from the fury caused by Trump when he called Hillary Clinton a “Nasty Woman.” It is an anthem for our time, standing up to the current administration, trumpeting female power and raising money for Planned Parenthood at the same time, a cause that has become synonymous with female rights. This event will be the official Fall Fundraiser for P.P. and will feature a cocktail hour followed by musical performances that will knock your socks off, including the Nasty Woman song and showing of the its video. Joining Ara and Beth are some of the musicians who recorded on the song; Sarah Clarke, Marilyn Keller, Bre Gregg, Shelly Rudolph, Dan Gildea, Steven Skolnik, Paul Brainard, Jeff Langston, and more.
Saturday, October 14, Doors & cocktail hour at 7pm, Show 8-10pm at The Old Church
1422 S.W. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR. 97201
Tickets: $25-75 sliding scale, pay-what-you-can
Event #2 is African Road‘s, Harvest Celebration with Jujuba African Band
Saturday, October 14, 7-10 p.m.
Cerulean Wine Tasting Room
1439 SW Marshall St., Portland, OR 97209 Tickets (Donation) $10 Adv, $15 DOS, $100 VIP — Includes a bottle of wine, snacks, and a reserved table for two
African Road is a local non-profit organization that works to empower entire communities not through charity or aid but empowerment for transformation, fueled by friendship and stories of hope. I accompanied them to Africa in 2013 and saw first-hand the amazing work they are doing in Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi. This event is in celebration of the Batwa Tribe of Burundi who “are now harvesting their own food and fighting malnutrition for the first time in recent history.” This “huge step forward would not have been possible without friends of African Road so please join them and celebrate as the Batwa do — with music and dancing.” To help you do just that the critically-acclaimed Jujuba, an 11-piece African band, will bring their funky beats to Cerulean for the party of the year.
Saturday night also offers a CD release show that will pack quite a punch because “the girl with the incredible voice,” Debra Arlyn, is releasing her much-anticipated new EP, “Diamond,” with her band, Debra Arlyn & The Goodness. Hers is a voice you need to hear, it is soulful and has captivated audiences at colleges, festivals, music venues, and wineries. She was the opening act at the recent Moody Little Sister Farewell Concert and wowed everyone there. The Brian Copeland Band will also perform.
You might be able to watch a clever video to the first single off the new album, “I Am Queen,” here.
You can watch the moving video to “Under the Porchlight” here.
ARTISTS: Floater, Jimmy Boyer, King Black Acid, Mickey Newbury, Quasi & Sean Croghan
SIDE PLAYERS: Louis Pain, Peter Boe & Richard Cousins
INDUSTRY: Chris Monlux, Lisa Lepine & Tres Shannon
The music artistry awards include:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – case/lang/veirs
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Lisa Mann: Hard Times, Bad Decisions
With a passion for music and a love of all things radio, Jen Emerson joined the PRP team in 2016. Jen’s musical involvement includes a long history of choral music as well as a career as a solo jazz artist in Dallas, Texas in the late 2000s. She hosts "Fresh Spins with Jen Em" every Friday and often co-hosts Sounds of PDX on Tuesdays.