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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

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  • (l-r) Ural Thomas photo by Alicia J. Rose, St. Even photo by Chris Burdick, Graham Nash photo by Graham Nash
Another week, another Mercury music section... and this is where I usually slot in a dumb joke, but let's cut the shit. FOR ONCE. Rad-tastic Seattle band La Luz was gonna come down and open for Of Montreal tomorrow night at the Wonder Ballroom, but on the way home from Boise last night, they got in a serious van accident—van totaled, gear ruined, some band members injured (I don't know how severe, but they optimistically tweeted that they're "bruised but not broken," and thank goodness for that). Their label Hardly Art is raising money via Paypal to help the band out of this crisis—go here to help, and to check out their great tunes if you haven't heard them already. Needless to say, they're off the Of Montreal show tomorrow night. Bummer.
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Whatever you do, don't miss Andrew R Tonry's excellent, exhaustive piece on Ural Thomas and the Pain. Thomas has been Portland's secret soul king for years—and now he's got the band to back him up. This is just the beginning of an incredible new chapter in the life of a legend, and you better believe he's gonna tear up the Doug Fir basement tonight.
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St. Even—AKA Steve Hefter—made a wonderful, beautiful record with an assorted cast of local musicians. Many of those musicians be playing Hefter's songs on Friday, while he in turn covers them. A weird record-release show strategy? Perhaps. But there's nothing ordinary about the new St. Even record. Read the article (and listen to a stunning track in this week's Music Monday post).
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Graham Nash wrote the book on... Graham Nash. Before he did that, he rode atop the first wave of the British Invasion as a member of the Hollies, and then kick-started the singer/songwriter movement with Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young). It's all in his new autobiography, Wild Tales. Read the Mercury's interview.
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Yep, Portland '90s rockers Sunset Valley are still around. They're sticking their heads above ground for a smattering of shows this month, so be sure to catch 'em before they see their shadow. A.L. Adams has the story.
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Plus, more than a smattering of this week's Up & Coming shows.

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