By Terry Gentry
Hello Portland! Here are my pick's for live shows in the Rose City for February 17th -23rd. There are good shows all week so get your disco naps and don't blow all your money on Friday and Saturday, save some dough for shows during the week.
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Since there are so many shows to choose and not unlimited funds, I start this week with three excellent local bands at a very cool venue, Mississippi Studios, and an excellent priceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬¦Free.
I recently stumbled into an Archers show, and was impressed by the energy these power pop/post punkers displayed live. As noted by a friend of mine, there seems to be a "Post Punk" movement currently happening in our fair city.Ãƒâ€š Archers, currently have four tracks on their bandcamp site, check them out.
This show fully indulges my guilty pleasure of low-fi beach music. Best Coast and Wavves gained a significant amount of press in 2010, and since Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino is dating Wavves' Nathan Williams the natural outcome was the Summer is Forever tour.
They are joined on the tour with Best Coast's fellow Mexican Summer label mates No Joy. Mexican Summer has also released on iTunes Summer Is Forever ep with songs from all three artists.
I have been a fan of the quirky band Telekinesis since seeing them in 2009 open for Cut off Your Hands and Ra Ra Riot. Now they are co-headlining with Love Language. Telekinisis is supporting their new release (Feb. 15th) 12 Desperate Straight Lines. The Love Language supporting last summer's Libraries is a emotionally packed power pop product of Stuart McLamb. Should be a great show with 3 quality bands, and the solid price of $10.
One of the most anticipated indie hip hop albums of the year is Beans' new album End It out February 15th. Beans is a member of the iconic Anti-Pop Consortium. End it has an all-star line up of collaborators and producer including TV On The Radio, Four Tet, TOBACCO, In Flagranti, members of Interpol, etc.
Opening for Beans for the Portland show is DJ Hostile Tapeover—the person that turned me on to Anti-Pop Consortium and Beans. I'm looking forward to hearing all the new material live.
Terry Gentry is a native Portlander and a graduate of PSU. He spends his days as a Banker and dreaming of starting a record company. He is often found at Portland music venues checking out the national and local acts.