We've been hectoring you about the upcoming Malt Ball (this Saturday, March 24! Bossanova Ballroom! Get tickets here!) but that's because we're sincerely excited about it. It's the first event in Portland that puts craft beer and bands on equal footing, bringing together the best of both worlds. Personally, I'm well beyond stoked about the great lineup of Portland bands that have agreed to play the event; they're some of my absolute favorites, and I'm sure they'll be yours, too.
So let's take a look at four of the bands that will be playing this Saturday: The Builders and the Butchers, Lost Lander, Quiet Life, and Old Junior. There will be eight other bands at the show, and there's not a dud in the bunch, so you're going to want to be at the Malt Ball from start to finish. With that many beers to try, just remember to pace yourself.
I immediately adored Lost Lander since last spring, when I heard a first taste of the debut album DRRT, which came out in January. It's such an excellent record, but the band that Matt Sheehy has assembled to perform the songs live is perhaps even better—a full-throated, tight-but-limber group that masters the subtleties and complexities of that very ambitious album. (MVP status might go to drummer Patrick Hughes, who's solid, steady, and heavy as a rock.) Lost Lander's record release show in February at the Doug Fir was one of the best live shows I've ever seen, and the group is coming off a batch of SXSW shows as well. Lost Lander plays at 7:35 pm.
Old Junior rose out of the ashes of Old Growth, the guitar-stomping Crazy Horse-ish band that quickly became local critics' darlings. Old Junior is not nearly as well known, but it is as every bit as good. Take a listen to their debut EP above and turn it way the hell up. Old Junior are scheduled to play at 6 pm.