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Night Train with Blood Feathers at KFN July 1

It’s another Night Train dance party tonight at Kung Fu Necktie with special guests Blood Feathers and hosts Ian St. Laurent and Dennis Wolffang. Blood Feathers are the first and lone act signed to the fledgling Philebrity Label. They play traditional upbeat rock ‘n roll with catchy pop hooks, adorned with sweet twangy blues guitar alluding to some deep southern roots, as demonstrated best in their song, “Great God Almighty”. Running the road, knee-shaking kisses, black and white photographs, and your grandmother’s broach will all remind you of their traditional yet universal songs. Their crowd-pleasing sound will certainly be rockin’ the stage this evening! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 10pm, $5, 21+ - Katie Bennett
 

 

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Sean Flinn and the Royal We Headline Triple-Threat Lineup at Holocene Thursday, July 1st

 

Holocene will play host to a three-pronged easy-does-it rock block this Thursday July 1. If you're looking to start the new month off on the right foot, try this lineup on for size:

Quiet Life will open the show with a greased-up, slick and sputterin' Americana sheen, and no doubt lay a fine foundation with which to coax your drinking (and dancing) shoes. The band enjoyed a stint as back-up band for Port O'Brien earlier this year, before getting back to Portland to scour the Northwest wilderness, and release their brand new full-length - the excellent good-time rock 'n' roll acumen of Big Green - sometime in July.

Newer Portland group Alameda will occupy the second slot on this supple bill. The band is currently enjoying the release of their EP The Floating Hospital, a stoic four-song set of moving, minimalist acoustic-based tunes. Vocalist/guitarist Stirling Myles (also of Autopilot is for Lovers, also a contributor to The Deli Portland) stirs lush melodies with ample yet subdued accompaniment from bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and other various effects-laced gadgets that, when dialed in correctly, evoke a melancholy, though cathartic kind of slow-burn orchestral-folk.

Rounding it all out will be the affable, affecting brood of Sean Flinn and the Royal We. Flinn's organic compositions hold both child-like cadence and a predilection for ever-maturing musical magic, like a wild-eyed tramp crooning pure truth, injecting finite detail, leaving nothing unverified and everything real in every note, every pluck of the string, every measured melody. His is a musical palate ingratiated not only by the wiles of the ubiquitous, rambling, road-weary minstrel, but also by more contemporary visions of first wave rock 'n' roll and R&B, not unlike the wide swath M. Ward casts - though that comparison is admittedly a stretch. Flinn and his Royal We (featuring members of Y La Bamba, and Meyercord among other notable local acts) are in a class all their own, and you can sponge up your lesson tomorrow night.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $5. 21 and over.

- Ryan J. Prado

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PJ Harvey Tribute, 6/28/10 @ Springwater

The PJ Harvey Tribute show served up some major sassiness on Monday night at Springwater, compliments of several local ladies, including, but not limited to, Murielle Rae of The Grayces, Thelma & The Sleaze, and The Deli’s own Erin Manning. The show was organized by Taco Party owner, Lauren Gilbert, in order to raise money for the new local art store at the Little Hamilton collective. Unsurprisingly, the show was successful, just like Gilbert’s previous shebangs, such as the Nashville Femme Vegan Cupcake Calendar show, benefiting Planned Parenthood. Even for people who wouldn’t be considered “die-hard PJ Harvey fans,” the songs and performers were wildly entertaining.

Decked out in all black and strutting their stuff on stage, the girls had the common sense and decency to showcase a wide variety of Harvey’s expansive material, opening with favorites such as “Big Exit,” (click the links to see some low-quality iPhone videos) and, “Down By The Water,” before barreling into some deep tracks, such as the Nick Parrish collaborative, “Black Hearted Love,” which was sung by Murielle Rae. The girls clearly specialized in garage/grunge, judging by the downright raunchy renditions of “Rid of Me,” “50ft. Queenie,” and “Long Snake Moan.” Lauren Gilbert and Amaretta from Pushy Lips took turns with lead vocals, and were backed by Jackie Mackree and Emily Zimmer of Thelma & The Sleaze, and JoJo Jackson from Xpia. Things simmered down a bit during the middle of the set with some PJ Harvey ballads, including “Grow, Grow, Grow,” and, “The Devil,” which were performed by Erin Manning on keyboard/vocals, as well as an acoustic-guitar-accompanied, “C’mon Billy,” sung by Olivia Scibelli.

Seeing such true fans engaged in the on-stage exploration of the in’s and out’s and eccentricities of PJ Harvey’s sick-ass songs was a sight to see. Rumor has it that the gals might go for round two of the tribute show because it was that good. This would be quite fortunate. (Let’s hope they do).—Deli Staff

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Univox Droppin’ the Lethal Harmonies at KFN June 30

Frenetic and robust rock locals Univox are coming to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Many of their songs show the bands vocal versatility with four different members taking turns rockin’ the mic. Each voice distributes their energy in different ways highlighting the many strengths and vast post-pop sensibilities. I prefer the baritone who muses over the frantic sounds of “Everybody Knows”. By the looks of them it is the extra large Josh ‘The Mongolian” Jones who is responsible for the voice, but big things come in little packages no matter what that bitch said the other night. They can create scrappy garage rock in the vein of the Stooges or barnstorm with the best of them. They’ll be joining experimental noise-pop outfit Hermit Thrushes. Univox are currently promoting their debut ST album on NY’s indie label ROIR. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Dennis Manzanedo)- Adam G.

 
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New video by young gentlemen The Postelles - album out in the fall



There's something very gentlemenly about The Postelles' songs, which will make us say that they sound like a less sunovabitch version of The Strokes. It must be the Doo-Wop influences or something... It's funny because probably in the 50s most parents were looking at the guys playing in Doo Wop bands like if they were real sunovabitches who were ruining their children and stuff, while now that music sound harmless and cute to us. It's amazing what the world went through in just 60 years - and no doubt, Rock'n'Roll was a big force in making icons and stars out of more or less rebellious bastards. But The Postelles aren't like that, they are very talented boys who want to seduce you respectfully... The young NYC band has just released this video and is getting ready for a fall release of their debut full lenght.

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