Lovin’ and Listenin’

Wednesday, July 6

thebrotheregg, Blue Cranes

Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St.
Free!, 21+
Have you heard thebrotheregg? Imagine a date where there’s no booze and your beautiful partner is exponentially more intelligent than you are. Best date ever.

House Warming 4 featuring King Fader, Auditory Sculpture, Kaitlyn Ni Donovan
Berbati’s Pan, 321 S.W. Ankeny St.
Free!, 21+
The fourth installment in Berbati’s brilliant exercise in lovin’ on Portland features some trippy electro wizzes and the eerie and beautiful talents of Kaitlyn Ni Donovon. Why is everyone in our city so fucking talented?

Thursday, July 7

Zen Tricksters
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St.
$10, 21+

The Crystal claims that “Zen Tricksters music features extended collective improvisations as well as strong, melodic songwriting.” I claim that this is another sad jam band full of frumpy white guys in over-washed double large Terminator Stout tie dyed T-shirts, wanking off with mandolins. I also claim that I would rather drink a cupful of sweat from the underside of Bill O’Reilly’s teste sack than see this band.

Blue Scholars (Record Release Party), Braille, Ohmega Watts
Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St.
Free!, 21+
Ohmega Watts’ recent 12-inch on San Francisco super label Ubiquity Records proves my theory that Portland hip-hop is finally getting its propers. Too bad it’s happening everywhere but Portland. Step up.

Friday, July 8

OhNo, Diverse, DJ Shines (Lifesavas/Misfit Massive)
Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St.
$10, 21+
Madlib’s little brother OhNo takes lib’s trademark stoner beats and rolls them up with 100 percent Jeep bumpers. Awesome.

Saturday, July 9

The Clumsy Lovers, Laura Gibson
Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St.
$11, 21+
Twangy pop snooze fest. Yay! Cowboy shirts!

Sunday, July 10

Gogol Bordello

Berbati’s Pan, 321 S.W. Ankeny St.
$10, 21+
Punk rock was never as punk as Gogol Bordello. Unihibited dance brilliance in the form of postmodern European folk music. I’ll be the fat sweaty one in ecstasy with a rose on his lapel.

Monday, July 11

Why doesn’t anything good happen on Mondays? I feel like fucking Garfield up in this shit.

Tuesday, July 12

Feist, Holcombe Walle
Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St.
$8, 21+
Feist, a former member of Canada’s brilliant Broken Social Scene took her act to Paris and came out with one of the most lauded pop albums of last week.