The Old Believers, A Weather, Super XX Man & Hello Damascus @ Doug Fir + Win Tickets | June 27

(We gots TICKETS to giveaway. Look at bottom of post for details.)

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March 16, 2009 By Christine Taylor

Review: Super XX Man Swept Me Away | Mississippi Studios

Last Friday night, Super XX Man (pronounced "super double ex man") played a fantastic show at the nice and newly reopened Mississippi Studios. However it made me question the Portland music scene a little. How is it a band this good could have under 50 people in attendance in a city famed for it music followers? Granted it was cold outside, and the new venue is a bit crisp, but Scott Garred is a seasoned Indie-folk songwriter with at least 12 LP's under his wings (all of which are good and you can listen to at

His voice is reminiscent of the The Violent Femmes' continue review

From Press Release:

The Old Believers, A Weather, Super XX Man, Hello Damascus 6/27 @ Doug Fir

The Old Believers, A Weather, Super XX Man & Hello Damascus

The Old Believers

From OPB:
Alaska natives but now calling Portland home as much as anywhere, The Old Believers (Nelson Kempf and Keeley Boyle) released Eight Golden Greats earlier this summer (08). As impressive as the marriage of old and new sounds on the self-produced album is, it's even more so when one considers that neither member of the band can legally get a drink in many of the venues they play. The Old Believers' age, in other words, belies the experience their sound suggests as they take on influences covering decades.

From Willamette Week Best New Band 09:

This pedigreed collective is currently at work on the Old Believers' debut full-length. As yet untitled, the LP is slated for a late-2009 release on Brave Records, a label Kempf and bandmate Dhani Rosa are in the process of cultivating. Like all Old Believers output, the record finds its emotional center in Boyle and Kempf's experiences and its execution in their painstaking dedication to that vision.

"We're not in a rush," says Kempf. "We want to make sure we get things right, no matter how long it takes."


A Weather

From deep within the confines of the storied Portland mist comes indie-folk outfit A Weather  and their debut album, Cove, out on Team Love records. A postcard from the green and gray environs of Portland, Cove is moody and warm, rife with odes of looming loss, hopeful notes to self and hushed revelations that speak directly to the  yearning heart.  Produced by Adam Selzer (M. Ward, The Decemberists, Norfolk and Western), the songs on Cove are marked with an intimacy so striking that it feels like you're eavesdropping on the pillow talk of two forlorn lovers.  Indeed, this is music to curl up with.  At the core of AWeather's warm, soft-spoken sounds are the comely vocals of  frontman/singer/songwriter Aaron Gerber and singer/drummer Sarah Winchester. With remarkable restraint and understated delivery, their harmonies trace each other, cross paths, diverge and intertwine, undercutting the gravity of A Weather's material.  "In one way  Cove is a catalogue of closely observed moments and particulars," says Gerber. "In anoth-
er it is an oddly inspirational document of transience and entropy and trying to keep your-
self together when things are falling apart."

"A Weather's songs are heart-stoppingly beautiful." — Portland Mercury

"Forsaking reverb for clean, detailed production, the band makes intricate and
thoughtful music that has a life all its own and grows more rewarding with every listen." — Indie Folk Forever

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Super XX Man

Scott Garred started off his career as Super XX Man (pronounced “super double ex man”) in the mid-'90s while still a member of the Austin, TX indie pop trio Silver Scooter, putting out a pair of self-released cassettes. Garred has since relocated to Portland, OR, continuing a steady stream of releases that have moved from home recorded four-track material to full fledged studio productions. Along the way, he has also turned Super XX Man into a bona fide band, that these days features his wife Michelle on accordion, singer Ali Wesley, Kelly Dachtler, and drummer Bob Ham.
Super XX Man has been featured on OPB and recently NPR's: Tiny Desk Concert Series on  All Things Considered.

Hello Damascus

Hello Damascus is a folk-rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band is comprised of Matt Lounsbury (born in Knoxville, TN) on vocals and guitar; Jason Madore (born in Pittsburgh, PA) on piano and bass; Blake Hoover (born in Eugene, OR and also of the band Science of Yabra) on guitar and bass; and Jeff Hardison (born in Louisville, KY) on drums.

In July 2006, Antler Records released Hello Damascus' debut album "Harvest Dolls" on vinyl, which can only be ordered directly from the label (Rico Myszewski at [email protected]). In addition to featuring former members Jason Medema (guitar) and Geoff Cecil (keyboards), the album "Harvest Dolls" includes backing-vocal contributions from Lisa Molinaro (Talkdemonic and Decemberists) on the first track, "Randy." "Randy" can also be heard on the "2006 PDX Pop Now!" CD compilation. Another song from the debut album, "Etheridge," can be found on the 2007 Portland music compilation "Pop Tomorrow."

Hello Damascus recently finished recording their 2nd album to be released later this year.

Saturday June 27th 9pm $8
Doug Fir
830 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-9663


Win tickets: We have two pairs of tickets to give away to this show. Comment on why you like one (or all) of these bands or why you like the Doug Fir. I will draw a winner on Friday around noon.

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0 Responses to The Old Believers, A Weather, Super XX Man & Hello Damascus @ Doug Fir + Win Tickets | June 27

  1. stacy*day June 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Super XX Man…
    For their generous consideration of our stretched pocket books + sharing all their music online to listen for FREE:
    Can’t believe I still haven’t seen a live show!

    • Caitlyn June 25, 2009 at 11:18 am #

      I’ve seen both A Weather and Old Believers at the Doug Fir, which is the perfect venue for warm quiet folk music. Also looking forward to catching Super XX Man and Hello Damascus, two bands I haven’t seen live yet. Looking forward to a great show at one of my favorite music venues.

  2. Jennifer Davis June 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Jeff Hardison, drummer for Hello Damascus, is one of those multi-talented man-about-town that is always showing up on stage: in the technology community and in the local arts scene. Can’t wait to hear his band!

  3. myrrh larsen June 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    i like a weather. for their sound, but also for their lyrics; for the fact that you can listen to a song a dozen times before it hits you like a ten-ton truck.

  4. Nicole Anstedt June 25, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    A Weather..who can resist a band that writes about hedgehogs? I luvs them.

  5. Louisa June 25, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    I would heart anyone who gave me tickets to this show! Sounds like a peach of a time!

  6. mike harper June 26, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    The Old Believers, soon starting a tour with Laura Veirs down to Southern California (my old home town) – I just blogged about their wonderful tunes after hearing them from my girlfriend (who’s been living here for months now). I would love to go.

  7. Jill June 26, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Doug Fir supports local artists as well as those less known. Their acoustics are awesome too!!!

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