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PDX LOCAL BEATS April 2012

Posted on 05 April 2012 by Jason

LOCAL BEATS
April showers may very well bring May flowers but in Portland, April is also showering us with music. There are so many fabulous concerts this month (and every month, for that matter) that we created a new music column! Welcome to Local Beats, a monthly collection of musical highlights in our fair city. Hear here!

Put a Bird On It (your calendar that is)
Gifted multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird brings his eclectic mix of genre-bending indie-folk-pop-rock to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Wednesday, April 11.
Known for improvising and reworking his songs during live performances, expect a sonically sublime mix of melodic orchestral pop peppered with looped guitar, violin, and an occasional glockenspiel (isn’t it always an occasion when you bust out the glockenspiel?) and Bird’s trademark whistling.
Bird is touring in support of his latest album, Break It Yourself, which he recorded in his barn near the banks of the Mississippi River in Western Illinois. Joining Bird on tour is the equally talented English troubadour Laura Marling.
Wed., April 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 8pm

Additional shows of note:

The Barr Brothers
Listening to the Montreal quartet known as The Barr Brothers, you’ll hear everything from beautifully intricate folk melodies to raw rock n’ blues. Rumored for their stunning live sets, this show is your chance to say, “I saw them when…”

Sat., April 7, Bunk Bar, 10pm

Portland Cello Project
One new album equals a two-night album release party for local favorites the Portland Cello Project. Comprised of a rotating group of classically trained cellists, covers include everything from Pantera to Beethoven, and even a little Kanye.

Fri., April 13, and Sat., April 14, Doug Fir, 9pm (w/all ages matinee at 12pm, Sat.)

Allen Stone
It may seem strange at first to see a kid with thick reading glasses and long blonde hair singing soul music, but you won’t care once you hear Allen Stone’s smooth, Al Green-like vocals. In town as part of the Soul’d Out Music Festival, this is an awesome chance to see this rising star in an intimate setting.

Sun., April 22, Wonder Ballroom, 8pm

To contact Molly King, go to buzzpdx.com.

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