Church of Hive Presents
HIVE:: Goth-Industrial-Darkwave Dance Party following Soriah
Star Theater 13 NW 6th, Portland
1045pm to close
SORIAH followed by HIVE Dance Party at 10:45pm. No cover for HIVE.
GIFT OF GAB made his name as the technically adept MC in the vaunted underground rap duo BLACKALICIOUS, in partnership with producer DJ CHIEF XCEL. Born Tim Parker, he grew up mostly in Pacoima, part of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley region, but attended high school in Sacramento. There he first met CHIEF XCEL (born Xavier Mosley) in 1987. Parker, then calling himself TINY T or GABBY T was already developing keen skills as a battle MC, and he and Mosely teamed up the following year. After graduating, Parker returned to Los Angeles, but he and Mosley kept up their partnership by phone. While attending UC-Davis, Mosley fell in with a group of hip-hop eccentrics who became the SoleSides collective, and Parker moved up to the Bay Area to join him in 1991, now having settled on Gift of Gab as his hip-hop alter ego. Blackalicious issued their debut single, "Swan Lake," on SoleSides in 1994, and several more followed, establishing their underground reputation and leading to a tour of Europe. They began work on a full-length album, during which time SoleSides shut down and reconfigured itself as Quannum; however, the process was long and laborious, as Gift of Gab struggled with an alcohol problem that took several years to overcome. Finally, in 1999, Blackalicious re-emerged with the A2G EP, whose "Alphabet Aerobics" electrified the underground and marked Gift of Gab as a prodigious new talent. That talent was confirmed Blackalicious’ first two full-lengths, 2000's NIA and 2002's Blazing Arrow which elevated him to the status of perhaps the most underappreciated elite MC in hip-hop.
In the wake of BLAZING ARROW’s critical hosannas, GIFT OF GAB branched out with a number of guest appearances, recording with the likes of DJ VADIM, British hip-hoppers NEW FLESH and MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD. In early 2003, he underwent emergency eye surgery necessitated by complications from diabetes, but fortunately made a full recovery. Seeking outside collaborators to keep himself fresh for the third album, GIFT OF GAB embarked on a solo project for Quannum with two Seattle-based producers, VITAMIN D and JAKE ONE Advance single "The Writz" appeared in late 2003, and the album itself, 4th DIMENSIONAL ROCKETSHIPS GOING UP! arrived in the spring of 2004. Reviews of the production work varied widely, but overall the record -- a smooth, mellow affair – solidified GIFT OF GAB’s position as one of the top MCs of his time, underground or otherwise.
How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour
The Grouch is one of the founding members of the internationally infamous crew, The Living Legends. Humbly beginning on a 4-track recorder nearly 15 years ago, The Grouch has steadily grown into one of the prominent figures within the independent hip hop scene. Known for captivating his listeners with his down to earth and truthfully poignant raps and production, The Grouch has successfully released over nine solo projects making this year's, "Three Eyes Off The Time" his tenth solo release. In addition to his solo career, The Grouch has played an integral part in building the Living Legends brand, sound, and image. A consummate workaholic, The Grouch also has numerous groups outside of his solo career and LL collective, most notably: The Grouch & Eligh, Zion I & The Grouch, and The CMA with Living Legends crewmate, Luckyiam.
Cousin of renowned gangster rapper Ice Cube, Del tha Funky Homosapien (real name Teren Delvon Jones) was born in Oakland, California on August 12, 1972, and got his start with Ice Cube's backing band, Da Lench Mob. But Del's rap isn't as grim or violent as Ice Cube's is; in fact, he's been known to include something in his music that's far too uncommon in most rap: humor. Signed to Elektra/Asylum, Del's debut release, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, was issued in 1991 and produced by Cube and, like most rap at the time, featured numerous samples of Parliament/Funkadelic classics from the '70s. Del's follow-up, 1994's No Need for Alarm, was a departure musically, as Ice Cube was no longer in the production seat and the P-Funk sounds were dropped in favor of a more sophisticated, almost jazzy sound. Despite his noble experimentation, Del's sophomore effort failed commercially, and it would take four years for the rapper to plot his next move and issue another recording.
Having left Elektra, Del aligned himself closely with some fellow rapper friends, Casual and Souls of Mischief, and issued his third release overall, 1998's Future Development, for the same label as his friends, Hieroglyphics Records. An all-new Del solo release, Both Sides of the Brain, was released in 2000, along with a self-titled debut release by a side project, Deltron 3030, which saw Del join forces with both the Automator and Kid Koala. It took eight years for the rapper's next solo full-length to come out, but in the interim Del kept himself busy with guest appearances, including on the Damon Albarn project Gorillaz's self-titled debut, adding his recognizable vocals to the hit "Clint Eastwood," a song that he also began incorporating in his live sets. In 2007 it was announced that the MC had been signed to Def Jux, which released the long-awaited (and very un-Def Jux-like) Eleventh Hour in March of 2008. A year later he teamed with Artifacts member Tame One and production team Parallel Thought for the collaboration album Parallel Uni-Verses. The three-disc Golden Era followed in 2011. It featured one new album along with two albums that had been previously released in digital-only format. In 2012 Del joined forces once more with innovative New Jeresey beatmakers Parallel Thought for the Attractive Sin full length. The album melded Del's west coast style with Parallel Thought's rugged east coast production.
Pere Ubu's new album '20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo' opens the doors of the avant-garage to reveal the hardworking mechanics hammering away at the fundamentals of blue-collar rock. A three-guitar revision spans the state of the art for guitar-based rock in the year 2017. Keith Moliné is joined by Cleveland guitar legend Gary Siperko and Kristof Hahn in the now familiar orchestra of analog and digital synths, clarinet, drums and Thomas' unquestionably unique vocals.
It follows on from their release in 2015 of 'Carnival of Souls,' which was widely praised by the media, confounding the usual clash of critics' sensibilities, and chosen by cult series 'American Horror Story' to provide two soundtracks for characters Mordrake and Twisty, in Season 4. David Thomas says 'To my way of thinking, the new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream. Or something like that. The Chinese Whispers methodology we worked on the last two albums, now that everyone has gotten comfortable with it, has been replaced by the Dark Room. Put a bunch of musicians in a lightless room and by feeling one small section of an unknown object have them figure what it must be.'
It would be easy to suppose that the album is about being in a Missile Silo... in Montana... for 20 years or so, but this is Pere Ubu and they're not about to make things easy. Thomas confirms, 'I wanted to call it 'Bruce Springsteen is an Asshole,' then changed that to 'Robert DeNiro Is An Asshole,' then decided maybe that wasn't a good idea either. It's not my job to explain.' The album was recorded and mixed at Suma, Painesville Ohio. Engineer Paul Hamann, and his father before him, have been part of almost every Pere Ubu album since 1976. Thomas and Hamann have explored innumerable production methods over the years, establishing the unique Ubu sound that pre-dated punk and still stands proud of the forced genre defined clichés of the music world.
Over the years, Kristof Hahn had become a regular visitor to the Ubu dressing room during his time-off touring with The Swans. He was given access to the songs from the new album as works-in-progress. "I was just listening to 'The Healer' again today and it gave me goosebumps," he wrote to Thomas. "The whole album sounds amazing already, I would be really proud to be part of it, however small my part might be." He was brought on board immediately. The touring arm of Pere Ubu will be heading out on tour with the new album later this year; first-off in the USA, with a full European tour and further USA dates in 2018.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, many lives and homes have been ravaged and many are still without the essentials of day to day life. It's up to the people to help one another as our own government has displayed a shameful lack of concern for those affected. Join us for this special night of legendary punk rock acts, where all proceeds will go to benefit the people of Puerto Rico!
Wednesday December 6th - NASTY DISASTER! - $10 Donation
If you are unable to attend, or would like to make additional donations, the promoter has set up a GoFundMe account for this cause : https://www.gofundme.com/puerto-rican-hurricane-relief-fund
Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo HILLSTOMP is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works.
Despite their homemade instruments and novel approach, Hillstomp is no novelty act.Hillstomp's memorable live performances tap into a magic that cannot be rehearsed, converting outlaws and traditionalists alike from skeptics into preechers. This has been witnessed in most of the 50 states as well as England, Ireland and Italy. Denmark and Ireland, we're coming for you again soon!
After two widely-acclaimed studio albums, the band hopes to capture some of that live energy on a new album titled After Two but Before Five. The album was recorded live recently on two nights in the Northwest.
Oakland's T Sisters tap into a tradition that hails from folk's deepest roots -- sibling harmony. As with bands like The Pointer Sisters, The Roches and The Wood Brothers, a transformative resonance rings out when the Tietjen sisters join their voices together. Songs read like short stories or stage plays, embracing a theatrical sense of rhythm, imagery and movement within their sassy narratives.
Known the world over as a vocalist, songwriter, and founding member of the one and only B-52s, Cindy Wilson has made a truly extraordinary solo debut with her new CHANGE (Kill Rock Stars). The album – which arrives just in time to celebrate the legendary singer’s fortieth anniversary in the musical spotlight – marks a milestone for Wilson, abounding with pop creativity, ingenious production, confident songcraft, and deeply felt emotion.
“This music is beautiful,” she says. “And I love beautiful.”
CHANGE began for Wilson nearly a decade ago upon her part-time return to her hometown of Athens, GA. She first encountered local musician Ryan Monahan when his Beatles tribute band was hired to play her son’s birthday party – “One of the best parties ever,” says Wilson. The veteran vocalist and talented young musician began teaming up for gigs, beginning with R.E.M.’s star-studded 30th anniversary event.
“Ryan and drummer Lemuel Hayes and I put together a few songs and it was fantastic,” Wilson says. “That started our own musical relationship.”
Wilson and her new bandmates continued performing together, first playing classic garage and psychedelic covers but ultimately deciding to create new music all their own. They hit the studio in 2014, with local producer-musician Suny Lyons manning the board. The songs and sonic concepts flowed like the Broad River, leading Wilson to invite Lyons to join her fast developing combo.
“We went to Suny’s studio to kick around ideas and see if we can do anything interesting,” Wilson says. “We wanted to see how our styles would blend. He comes from a totally different place than I do but I was great. It also became immediately clear we had to bring Suny in to be part of the band, he also had wonderful ideas. I had a really great team.”
Backed by her gifted collaborators, Wilson developed a distinctive sound that is both utterly contemporaneous and also rooted in her long history of kaleidoscopic pop reinvention. A pair of EPs – SUNRISE and SUPERNATURAL – introduced the world to Wilson’s modern vision, with both EPs acclaimed by PopMatters for possessing “an undeniable sense of adventure.”
Produced by Lyons at The Space Station in Athens, CHANGE is as bold as anything in Wilson’s groundbreaking four decade canon, melding future pop, disco drama, American standards, electronica, and more into her own distinctive creative vision. New songs like “Mystic” and the transformative title track are intricate and inventive, lush and luminous with strings, synthesizers, harmonies, and Wilson’s utterly distinct vocal magic.
“Our sound is both consistent and still evolving,” Wilson says. “All these ingredients come together from left field to create something really interesting.”
Further album highlights include a pair of unexpected covers: a widescreen orchestral rendition of New Colony Six’s soft rock classic, “Things I’d Like to Say,” and “Brother,” written and originally performed by Athens’ own beloved Oh-OK.
FINEHOUSE is a 10-piece powerhouse comprised of Portland's best musicians you've never heard of. On December 12th, they will deliver to you Amy Winehouse's legendary album "Back To Black" in its entirety, live on stage. Justine V. (Lola Buzzkill) takes the lead, lilting and bellowing her way to the top. Her bombastic yet beautiful voice will inspire you to dance and cry all at once. Complete with a full horn section, vibraphone, and all the charming back up singers, Finehouse is an immersive experience for lovers of Soul, Motown, R&B and fierce female fronted music.
PROM QUEEN: After the debut release of Night Sound in 2012, Prom Queen went from a solo project to a full-fedged band: with Ben Von Wildenhaus, Tom Meyers and Jason Goessl joining the fold. The band took on a life ofit's own onstage: using Leeni's writing to infuse a moody, electrifying showcase of the musicianship of each member.Prom Queen's second album release, Midnight Veil, was a multimedia concept-album and was a hybrid approach to Leeni's home recording, married with the live overdubs from the band. Midnight Veil was release as a video-album: a flm of 12 interwoven music videos, each with their own style, following the journey of a magic lamp that travels between the videos. The project was launched and then successfully funded on Kickstarter in September of 2013 and released in October 2014.After taking some time to grow as an ensemble and to create new material, Prom Queen is now gearing upfor their 3rd release Doom-Wop. While Midnight Veil explored using technology to emulate the sights and sounds of a foregone era, Doom-Wop is a return to a classic form: all live instruments, live band-takes and delivered on vinyl. The group also grew by several members: adding Jon Sampson on saxaphone, Birch Pereira on bass and keys and a duo of drag queen backup singers. (On the recording: Mal De Fleur, Jimmie Herrod) (Live: Joelle & Evonne) Prom Queen's Doom-Wop is due out September 22nd
"Prom Queen's Doom-Wop is your new favorite album" - Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59c46e9ae4b0b7022a646968
"Album Of The Month" - CityArts Magazine http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/album-month-doom-wop-prom-queen