Tonight In Eugene… 8/28

by on August 28, 2014

Tonight In Eugene… check out a bunch of your favorite local bands presenting stripped-down acoustic versions of their stuff and showcasing a different side of themselves. Featuring Thor Slaughter of Martian Manhunter, Pat Trant of Black Delany, and Sam Wartenbee of The Illusionists. Rounding out the night will be a uke-folk set by one girl army, I Kill Cameron and an acoustic set by our editor Joshua Isaac Finch’s solo project, Entresol.

If you’re not into acoustic music, maybe check out black metal by Usnea and cello/guitar gloom-duo Strix Nebulosa at Wandering Goat.

If neither of these shows spark YR interest, you can always check out our full event listings here.

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Post image for Trioscapes “Digital Dream Sequence” (2014 Metal Blade)

If you’re looking for an album with mostly-odd melodies and obscure jazz runs, that only has bass, saxophone, flute and drums, this is your album. Trioscapes includes Between The Buried And Me bassist Dan Briggs, saxophone/flute player Walter Fancourt, and drummer Matt Lynch. As a fan of BTBAM, my interest was sparked when I heard of Briggs’ involvement. I listened to their first album Separate Realities a handful of times, but haven’t heard it since 2012. I definitely enjoyed it, but it didn’t captivate me enough to have it on repeat for days. I don’t feel that way with Digital Dream Sequence.

The occasional electronic elements that chime in to wish and woosh in the background really add to the atmosphere. Briggs tends to add lots of effects to his bass that really widen and expand the sound. I feel as if some fans will be coming to this album to hear music similar to these musicians’ other projects, but that’s where the downfall will be. It doesn’t sound anything like Between The Buried And Me, Casual Curious or Eyris. I mean that in the best way possible. With jazzy beats, obscure (almost) John Zorn-esque saxophone leads, and drums that are expressive when they need to be, this album is a must listen. – Stephen Parker

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It can be hard to find all the rock, punk, metal and indie listings in one place. There’s lots going on and sometimes promotion can slip through the cracks. What’s a fan to do? How do you decide where to be? Well, even our listings aren’t complete, but we do cover a lot of the bases. Here’s YR Eugene Area Show Listings for 8/27-9/3CALCAL

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Post image for Tonight In Eugene… Exiled In Eugene Presents Dispirit, Thrones & Words Are Wind

Tonight In Eugene… Exiled In Eugene Proudly Presents: Dispirit, Thrones & Words Are Wind.

Tonight at 8pm at Wandering Goat, hailing from Oakland, Profound Lore’s black death/doom monsters Dispirit (Ex-Weakling, Asunder) come crushing with support from black synth act, Thrones (Ex-Melvins, Ex-Earth) and local black noise, Words Are Wind (Arkhum, Maestus, etc) the combined experience of these three bands cannot and should not be overlooked. Prepare your faces for melting, and your hearts for sinking: this is gonna get GRIM.

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Post image for Free Beard “Free Beard” (2014 Dagger Records)

Free Beard’s debut full length has been a longass time coming. It has been many beers, many shows at dive bars, many dishes washed, and day jobs worked by the band (and fans, coincidentally) since the boys recorded at the now defunct, Lazarus Pit, and far far longer since the band’s inception and creation of the first handful of these tunes.

If Danielson’s Daniel Smith lost his faith and started a shwasted rock n roll band with members of Superchunk this might just be the end result. All of the garage, punk, occasional moments of 60′s rock and roll, and sheer weirdness are there. The bizarro-madman-rockstar-charm of vocalist Joey Isaakson shines through in ways that I was fearful might not translate off-stage, but they do.

The dilemma with a long-delayed first record is the ability, or often inability, to recognize that just because you have a million songs that you play live, even regularly requested tunes, it doesn’t specifically mean that your debut album needs needs to contain all one million songs. As great as it is to have at-home versions of “Televisio” and “Buggsie” finally, this debut is just… girthy. Sitting at 18 tracks and 59 minutes, Free Beard plays a little bit more like a “first five years” retrospective, but with more uniform production. In short, the record works better when broken into thirty minute, punk-rock-sized halves. Or better yet, re-organized to showcase the two sides of Free Beard: The party songs, and The come down jams. In fact… I think I’m putting those playlists together myself right now. – Joshua Isaac Finch

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