“Woody Guthrie wrote far more songs than he recorded, and in many cases he didn’t write the music down. When he died in 1967, he left behind scads of lyrics; Billy Bragg and Wilco famously teamed up to record some for the two Mermaid Avenuealbums. Now four more songwriters have done the same thing, tackling a batch of unearthed Guthrie lyrics that largely date from his time in Los Angeles. The resultant New Multitudes album is, as to be expected, a grimly reverential but rewarding collection, highlighted by contributions from Centro-matic’s Will Johnson—one of the most vital American songwriters currently functioning—and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar. Elsewhere, My Morning Jacket’s Yim Yames (who still insists on being called Yim Yames for some reason) offers airy, meandering gibberish that reminds me of that godawful “What’s Become of the Baby” song from the Dead’sAoxomoxoa. And Anders Parker, from some band you’ve never heard of, is the guy whose voice you don’t recognize. Get there early for opener Sarah Jaffe, who’s fantastic.” By NED LANNAMANN from Portland Mercury (here)
Where: Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside
When: Friday, March 9, 8pm | $20
“[DRUMS FROM AND FOR JAPAN] A year ago tonight, a devastating earthquake steamrolled Japan. The Japanese drumline Portland Taiko spearheads a night devoted to the Oregon Tomodachi Recovery Fund, which supports the rebuilding movement in the Tohoku region. The highly trained and wonderfully choreographed ensemble forges hard-hitting, pseudo-tribal beats as old as many civilizations. This brand of drumming was once used to fend off invading armies. Today, it seems, this troupe reacquaints listeners with their beloved primal roots. Local maestros Thomas Lauderdale and Michael Allen Harrison join the cause. ” by Mark Stock from the Willamette Week (here).
Where: Aladdin Theater,3017 SE Milwaukie Ave
When: 7 pm, Sunday March 11 | $35-$100. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.