Built to Spill, Lee Ranaldo, Chastity Belt tonight; Pro-Magnum, Oquoa, Skypiper Saturday; Lincoln Calling weekend…
by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com
Whenever discussing Built to Spill with anyone who remember the Sokol Underground days, the band’s smoky 1999 show inevitably comes up, the one where Dave Foley and Lea Thompson — both cripplingly inebriated — were hanging all over people in the crowd. That show is described in this 2007 interview with frontman Doug Martsch, a story set up by this seminal question: Which version of Built to Spill will show up for the concert — the poppy version or the jam-band version?
That same question applies to tonight’s show at The Waiting Room, though I have a feeling I already know the answer. The last two times I saw Built to Spill (that 2007 show and the Slowdown’s outdoor parking-lot gig (and why doesn’t SD do those outdoor gigs anymore?)) both were very jam-heavy affairs, with songs that featured long, drawn-out Martsch guitar solos. B2S is still touring on 2009’s There Is No Enemy, the same album they were promoting at that outdoor Slowdown gig.
But just as much of a draw as Built to Spill tonight is the opener, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and his band, the Dust. His new Matador release, Last Night On Earth, has that same trippy style that SY’s slower grinders are known for. If you’ve heard Thurston or Kim’s latest efforts, you already know that this is the closest thing you’re going to get to Sonic Youth other than Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship. Opening is fellow PWN band Slam Dunk. $22, 9 p.m.
That’s not the only thing going on tonight. House of Loom is hosting a very cool indie/garage show featuring PNW band Chastity Belt. The band’s latest album, No Regrets, carries on the spirit of ’90s college indie (i.e. early Liz Phair, etc.) and is pretty fantastic. Also on the bill is Seattle garage duo Pony Time (Per Se Records). The show is being promoted as a costume thing, which will keep me away, but shouldn’t keep you away, especially since it’s only $7. Starts at 10. More info here.
Also tonight, Phantom Scout plays at O’Leaver’s with Portland band Genders and local boys Let Alone making their stage debut. $5, 9:30 p.m.
Holy shit, it’s like the Pacific Northwest is invading Omaha tonight…
And of course Lincoln Calling is in full swing all weekend. Get the full schedule before you head to the Star City from Lincoln Calling website.
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Tomorrow night’s pretty busy, too.
Pro-Magnum headlines a punk show over at The Brothers Lounge with The Bugs. $5, 9 p.m.
Over at fabulous O’Leaver’s Oquoa returns with Water Liars. $5, 9:30 p.m.
Down at Slowdown Jr. Skypiper headlines a show with The Kickback and Canby. $7, 9 p.m.
And don’t forget the Almost Music grand opening celebration Saturday at 7 with in-store performances by Simon Joyner and Noah Sterba of The Yuppies. It starts at 7 p.m. and is free, though you’ll probably part with some ducats when you see the store’s selection of fine vinyl.
That’s all I got for the weekend. If I left anything out, put it in the Comments section. Have good one.
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