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22 Shows to Check Out During Portland Music Month

Mary Flower, Wonderly, and More Top Picks
January 6, 2022
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Portland's own !mindparade will bring a kaleidoscope of rock sounds to the Holocene on January 27.
Whether enjoyed in a personal setting or with community, music is a medium that commiserates with us, consoles us, and uplifts us. To help spotlight and give back to the independent music scene, local nonprofit Music Portland just debuted the brand-new Portland Music Month. The festival has curated 120 concerts (217 acts!) over 31 days at 15 venues to pull Portlanders out of our mid-winter slump. Plus, $1 from each ticket goes to support individual music artists and their professional needs. If you're feeling slightly overwhelmed at the slew of offerings, we've compiled some picks below, from local luminaries like Wonderly and Small Million to national acts like Circa Survive and Remi Wolf. As always, make sure to double-check with venues directly before heading out in case of any cancellations.

 

Which shows are you most excited about during PDXMM? Check out the full calendar here, then make your own EverOut list of your favorites! We may even feature your list if you make it public!

= Portland Mercury Pick

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6

The Thesis Add to a List
Portland's monthly hip-hop showcase stars Prince Hyph, Majik 9, The Gard3n, Northside Tego, and D.O.E. to kick off the new year. Look out for special guests Mic Capes and Vinnie Dewayne and as always, the proceedings will be anchored by your host Verbz.
(Kelly's Olympian)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8

Get Dead with Special Guest Ceschi Add to a List
San Francisco-born punk band Get Dead, who recently released their album Dancing with the Curse on Fat Wreck Chords, will be joined by rapper Ceschi, known for his progressive blending of hip-hop with folk and indie-pop elements.
(Star Theater)

Mary Flower & The BBQ Boys Add to a List
Mercury Mention: Portland Music Month has curated a sonic romp through select pieces of America’s musical history with a showcase of some of Portland's best nostalgia curators coming together in a takeover of Alberta Street Pub. Expect the type of musical interludes that will compel even the most dedicated wallflower to trade in their walking shoes for dance attire... The day kicks off at noon with a foot-stompin' jamboree led by Mary Flower & the BBQ Boys... Then, as the sun prepares to set, we’ll be greeted by The Libertine Belles, [at which point] the music will transition into a full Jazz-Age rager as the Belles transport the audience to a nostalgic wonderland of ‘20s-era swing right off the pages of a Fitzgerald novel... Closing out the night at 8 pm will be the alt-country sounds of Stars of Cascadia. Formed by singer/guitarists Scott Jeffries and Ray Yurkewycz (formally of Spirit Lake), Stars of Cascadia possess the ideal DNA to close out this sentimental musical tour of Americana. Read more from Ray Gill, Jr. in the Portland Mercury here.
(Alberta Street Pub)

Tango Alpha Tango Add to a List
Ever since Portland blues-rock band Tango Alpha Tango was founded by married duo Nathan Trueb and Mirabai Carter, they've gained fans all over the world from both music festivals and their KEXP in-studio performance. They will be taking the stage in celebration of their new single "Enemy." 
(Mississippi Studios)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12

Forty Feet Tall with Bodies On The Beach & Beverly Crusher Add to a List
Indie-rock quartet Forty Feet Tall started as Los Angeles teens obsessed with post-punk and grunge. Nowadays, the band is based in Portland and wows crowds with their psychedelic and punk-infused sound. Their latest album A Good Distraction is out now. Read Mercury contributor Chase Hutchinson's preview here.
(Mississippi Studios)

The Unlikely Candidates Add to a List
Texas-based indie rock band The Unlikely Candidates, who recently released their newest single Gemini, started as an acoustic duo and have since expanded into a five-piece rock band with a polished sound.
(Doug Fir Lounge)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13

Deep Like: Soulful House / Afro House Dance Party with Floyd Vader, Coflo, Cee Blanco Add to a List
Join selectors Floyd Vader, Coflo, and Cee Blanco who will be spinning music for the dance floor, tracing the roots of house music with an emphasis on soulful Afro/Latin sounds.
(Holocene)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14

Mama Sam & The Jam, Eugenia Riot, and Annie Vergnetti Add to a List
This full lineup of local music includes folk-pop group Mama Sam & The Jam who draws inspiration from bands like Mazzy Star and Fleetwood Mac. Also playing will be indie folk singer Eugenia Riot and singer-songwriter Annie Vergnetti.
(Alberta Street Pub)

The Get Ahead Add to a List
After a two-year hiatus, The Get Ahead, known for their emotionally moving lyricism and gritty soulful sound, are returning to the stage. Joining them will be garage rockers The Macks and neo-soul singer-songwriter Lo Steele.
(Mississippi Studios)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15

Cash'd Out Add to a List
Cash'd Out, a San Diego-based Johnny Cash tribute band has been called “next best thing to Johnny Cash,” by critics. Transporting audiences back in time with faithful performances, the group is fueled by genuine love and admiration for the late country singer. They've even been praised for their authenticity by Cash's daughter Cindy and his producer Lou Robin.
(Dante's)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16

Khemmis Add to a List
Khemmis is a Denver-born doom metal band who have gained notoriety since the release of their 2015 album Absolution. Since then, they've been given accolades by major music publications such as Decibel and Rolling Stone. After being on hiatus during the pandemic, Khemmis is back with a new album titled Deceiver.
(Doug Fir Lounge)

Pool Boys, Twingle, and Monica Add to a List
Portland-based rock quartet Pool Boys are known for their noisy guitars and sparkling harmonies. They will be joined by local acts Twingle and Monica.
(Holocene)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22

Bumpin Uglies Add to a List
Throughout their decade-long career, Maryland-born punk reggae band Bumpin Uglies have taken what they learned from humble upbringings of small gigs filled with friends to larger audiences, always maintaining their free-spirited attitude and DIY ethic.
(Star Theater)

Circa Survive: Blue Sky Noise Tour
Add to a List
Rule-breaking progressive rock band Circa Survive will take the stage to celebrate their acclaimed 2010 album Blue Sky Noise, which marked their transition to a major label. Although they've gained mainstream success, the band has never sacrificed their experimental hard-hitting sound. 
(Crystal Ballroom)

Eivør with Emily Jane White Add to a List
Faroese singer-songwriter Eivør Pálsdóttir finds inspiration from her upbringing in Syðrugøta, a town of fewer than 500 people, surrounded by the harsh windy landscape of the North Atlantic. The extreme conditions of the natural world has been a thread that is woven deep in her music, with recurring themes of getting lost in nature and growing up in a primitive environment.
(The Old Church)

Hungry Hungry Hip Hop Add to a List
Hungry Hungry Hip-Hop is a monthly showcase dedicated to spotlighting the many flavors and styles in Portland's hip-hop community, including live music, spoken word, and audio/visual art.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge)

Wonderly: Story We Tell CD Release Add to a List
Wonderly consists of duo Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk, who create music for films, podcasts, and radio shows, most notably New York TimesThe Daily podcast. They will be performing in celebration of the release of their latest album Story We Tell.
(Polaris Hall)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27

!mindparade, The Fourth Wall, & Yuvees Add to a List
!mindparade will bring a kaleidoscope of rock sounds with orchestral elements with synthpop, jazz, and experimental touches. They will be accompanied by Oahu-born indie rock band The Fourth Wall and quirky experimental disco band YUVEES.
(Holocene)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 28

Small Million with M A N E & Hard Yes Add to a List
Portland-based indie-pop duo Small Million found themselves evolving into a four-piece over the pandemic, swirling their energetic pop sound with cinematic moods and darkly romantic lyricism inspired by their experience in isolation.
(Mississippi Studios)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29

Black Ends, Terrehaunt, and Mariah Houston Add to a List
For our sister site The Stranger, Dave Segal once wrote: "Led by guitarist/vocalist Nicolle Swims, Seattle trio the Black Ends recently impressed a large crowd while opening for the Black Tones at the latter's album-release party. Further impressiveness arrives with the Black Ends' new Sellout EP. Its four odd rock songs bear a subtle darkness and sense of unease. Swims's guitar seems to be tuned to a cool, strange mode that generates faded twangs and muted chimes while her voice has a downered, Chrissie Hynde-esque nasality that's distinctive. Swims's song structures gently skew in a manner reminiscent of obscure, women-dominated groups such as Quix*o*tic and Oh-OK. I can imagine the Black Ends—who include bassist Ben Swanson and drummer Jonny Modes—signing to a respected label such as K or Kill Rock Stars in the near future."
(Kelly's Olympian)

Piano Queen: Saint Syndrome Add to a List
Portland's only live-singing piano-playing drag queen Saint Syndrome will bring you an evening filled with classic covers, comedy, and original songs, all with her signature vintage grace and campy elegance.
(Dante's)

MONDAY, JANUARY 31

Remi Wolf Add to a List
Unless you held on to the end and watched season 13 of American Idol, you might not know that California-born singer Remi Wolf was sent along to Hollywood by judges JLo, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban. Despite being sent home shortly afterward, Remi Wolf has earned far more critic and fan acclaim compared to what most Idol stars receive. With her unique vocal style, psychedelic pop sound, and colorful maximalist fashion, she has cemented herself as a distinctive voice in the pop universe.
(Crystal Ballroom)

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