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The Broken Prayers & Psalmships Long for the Old West at Tritone June 5

The Broken Prayers and Psalmships bring you sounds that you might find in the Old West: the classic heart and soul of country music. These cowboys sing with heavy hearts about lost love, little old towns, the pearly gates, wooden porches and rocking chairs. Their guitar twang can be as slow as the tumbleweed rolling across the road in front of you, or as hand-clappin, toe-tappin-ly upbeat as the Saturday night barn dance. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Katie Bennett



The Thermals Personal Life Due September 7 On Kill Rock Stars

Our beloved savage indie-poppers The Thermals have had a busy year. Less than a year ago, the trio released its fourth LP (first on Kill Rock Stars) Now We Can See, and between promoting the record and touring the world (five tours in the US, three in Europe, one in China), the threesome has miraculously managed to write and record another album, Personal Life, due September 7th from Kill Rock Stars.

This release marks the third project The Thermals have worked on with Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), who also mixed the first Thermals LP (More Parts Per Million, 2003) and produced the band's 2nd LP (Fuckin' A, 2004). For you analog geeks out there, the album was recorded to 2" tape and mixed to 1/2" tape, and vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to know the vinyl was mastered straight from tape.

The lead-off single from Personal Life, "I Don't Believe You" will be released by Kill Rock Stars August 10th, 2010, but for now, all we have is a track-listing:

Personal Life Track List

01. I'm Gonna Change Your Life

02. I Don't Believe You

03. Never Listen To Me

04. Not Like Any Other Feeling

05. Power Lies

06. Only For You

07. Alone, A Fool

08. Your Love Is So Strong

09. A Reflection

10. You Changed My Life

Thermals Tour Dates

July 1 - Calgary, AB @ Distillery - Sled Island Festival

July 2 - Calgary, AB @ Olympic Plaza - Sled Island Festival

July 3 - Calgary, AB @ Republik - Sled Island Festival

July 5 - Chicago, IL @ Jay Pritzker Pavillion - Millenium Park

September 6 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

September 9 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - Music Fest NW

-Katrina Nattress


MusicfestNW Announces 2010 Lineup

It's that special time of year, when the sun is shining (for five minute increments between torrential downpours) and our friends at Willamette Week announce the lineup for Portland's very own music festival, MusicfestNW. The typical structure for the now ten-year-old fest is 17 clubs, four nights, and 160 bands, but this year MFNW is changin' it up a bit and adding an outdoor venue in the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square.

If this news alone isn't tantalizing enough for you, just wait until you hear what bands will be headlining the outdoor Pioneer Square Levi's Stage: The Decemberists on Saturday, September 11, and The National on Sunday, September 12. I know it's tough, but if you're around other people right now, please refrain from squeals of ecstasy.

The festival runs from September 9-12 and features bands including Ausin's Okkervil River, New York's The Walkmen, and Portland's own Menomena, The Helio Sequence and The Thermals.

Festival wristbands go on sale June 5, 2010, at two price points:

-$90 for an all-inclusive wristband that gets you into both outdoor shows and the rest of the four-day festival.

-$65 for one of the two outdoors shows (The Decemberists or The National) and the rest of the fest.

Individual tickets for shows at Pioneer Square, Crystal Ballroom, and The Roseland Theater will also be on sale June 5. All ticket information can be found at musicfestnw.com/tickets


Full preliminary lineup:

The Decemberists

The National

Okkervil River

Major Lazer

Sleep performing Holy Mountain


The Thermals

Wiz Khalifa

Ra Ra Riot

The Walkmen

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

The Helio Sequence

Justin Townes Earle


David Bazan

The Tallest Man on Earth

The Gories

No Means No

Man Man

Laura Veirs

Bobby Bare Jr.

Titus Andronicus

Surfer Blood


Crooked Fingers

Shonen Knife


People Under the Stairs

Cold Cave

Frank Turner

The Builders and the Butchers


Washed Out

Black Prairie

Thee Oh Sees

Abe Vigoda

Big Freedia


Laser Sword

From Ashes Rise

Devin Phillips

The Suckers

Trash Talk

Scott Kelly

Rocky Votolato

Blue Giant

The Minus 5

Dan Mangan

Jeff the Brotherhood

Marc Olson

Red Fang

The Zeros

Let’s Wrestle

Pierced Arrows

The Bellrays


Portland Cello Project

The Magic Kids

DJ Beyonda

Richmond Fontaine

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Tu Fawning

Death by Stereo



White Hinterland


Damion Suomi


Y La Bamba


-Katrina Nattress


Weekend Warrior, June 4 - 6

We are in the midst of summer folks so get ready to work on your tans because it’s festival season. Yes, yes - we know. You can’t ignore that this Saturday will be The 3rd Annual Roots Picnic with the hometown heroes inviting local buddies DJ Jazzy Jeff and Pattern Is Movement as well as a few Pitchfork darlings like Vampire Weekend (headlining? - whose picnic is this?), Mayer Hawthorne and The Very Best. Raekwon, Ghostface and Method Man should be a more interesting performance than originally planned Reverend Run and DMC. We’re also diggin’ on 4AD’s Tune-Yards and Brooklyn’s Das Racist. But if you don’t have eighty bucks ($66 ticket + $14 rip-off charge), then you can join us economically-challenged music lovers at Best Fest (check out the feature interview below). Don’t forget your brown bag for your forty! Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., 2pm, $80 w/charges, All Ages
Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore Ave.) Best Fest SAT U.S. Girls 1:00-1:20; Joshua Marcus 1:25-1:45; The Golden People's Game 1:50-2:10; Attia Taylor 2:15-2:35; Death Panel 2:40-3:00; Far-Out Fangtooth 3:05-3:25; Unidos de Filadelfia Samba School 3:30-3:50; Skeletonbreath 3:55-4:15; The Lesbian Dorkestra 4:20-4:40; My Mind 4:45-5:05; Kozak 5:10-5:30; Chosen Dance Company 5:35-5:55; Reading Rainbow 6:00-6:20; Mojohand 6:25-6:45  
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI MC Digga, SAT Black Landlord
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Pilot Cloud, SAT Thinking Machines, SUN Woe
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Buy Star Bombs and Desoto Jones
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Owl Stations, (Late) Toy Soldiers, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, The Divine Lorraine
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Cannons, Mirador, Pet Primative, Northern Valentine
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Codename and Igor's Egg, SAT Levee Drivers 

Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT The Broken Prayers and Psalmships
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Marah
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI The Armchairs and TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb
Mar Bar (200 S. 40th St.) SAT New Madrid Faults
Angler Movement Arts Center (1550 E. Montgomery Ave.) SAT Fatima Adamu and Eric Carbonara



The Armchairs Rocking at DDG June 4

The charismatic psych rock popsters The Armchairs are going to be performing tonight at Danger Danger Gallery. They are bringing with them a bag full of tricks including the brooding garage folk-blues of TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb and get this, custom songs. That’s right, you could hire The Armchairs to write a song about anything, like that lipstick that’s poppin’ or that internet girlfriend that “totally exists”. Dibs on Road House The Musical. I have seen things like this on a way lamer level asking one grand for a name drop, but these cats are practically giving it away. For only 10 bucks a song at a live show of your choice or $20 for a recording. You could have your personal Armchairs song. That’s what you call good business. If that isn’t enough, you can look forward to the release of their long-awaited debut LP Science & Advice. The hook? This show is their last until The Armchairs’ release party in August. You’ve been warned. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $ 10 donation (Photo by Robert Patterson) - Adam G.



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