Welcome to the first week of “The In”, which will feature my Wed-Tues music and event picks of the week or where I’d be if I could clone myself. Including: my write ups from The Mercury, where I just came on board this week! xoxo Jeni
The Liquor Store – Salon, The Century, Mothertapes, 9 pm
“Meeting over craigslist in 2007, multi-instrumentalist Pete Bosack and drummer Tommy Franzen found an easy collaboration, launching as three piece pop rock outfit Wax Fingers. After their breakup, the two streamlined their sound, re-emerging as Mothertapes in 2013. Combining well stewed math rock with new wave power pop, their live show likens to watching chemists deftly create sensorial explosions. Mothertapes recently signed on to DIY label collective Self Group, with a full length expected late summer. Pop rock favorites The Century and fellow math rock newcomers Salon round out what is bound to be a night of energetic posi-power pop.” -Jeni Wren Stottrup The Mercury
Wonder Ballroom – Built to Spill, Genders, Honey Bucket, 8:30 pm
Party Boy Mansion – PIZZA PARTY LOSER BOYZ – The Shivas, Dræmhouse, Is/Is, 7 pm
Friday/Sat/Sunday: PDX Pop Now!
Now in it’s 12th year, PDX Pop Now! has never been more important with the major shifts in Portland music in the last 24 months. The all ages, free and completely volunteer run party that has broken out more than a few bands over the years(this girl included as a member of Shy Girls, THANK YOU PPN!) takes place down at Audio Cinema underneath the Hawthorne bridge this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With this years lineup including Nurses, Chanti Darling, Catherine Feeny, Talkative, The Domestics, Moon by You, Coco Columbia, bed., Hands In and many exciting newcomers on two outdoor stages PLUS the annual Rigsketball tournament, there is nowhere you’d rather be. Pick up the festival guide for my write ups on bed., Blue Cranes, Catherine Feeny, Dad Rock and Talkative.
Bunk Bar – PDX Pop Later! The Official After Party Presented by XRAY, 11:30 pm
Mississippi Studios–Ear Candy: The Singley/Fimbres Orchestra, 9 pm, free