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Eastern Conference Champions Back in Town at JB’s July 22

So I’ve been planning to hit this show for weeks, and I just realized that I have to be in NYC. Well, I’m there in spirit, and I hope that you can make it out to Eastern Conference Champions tonight at JB’s. These Bucks County boys left for LA with a label deal and high hopes and like many who follow the glitz and glam of the majors, they ended up running into walls and pounding their heads in frustration. ECC are doing it on their own right now and happy. Armed with a relatively new member Melissa Dougherty, the boys are making moves through the maze of the entertainment biz in LA. The band must be doing something right because they recently landed their track “A Million Miles an Hour” on the soundtrack of Eclipse, the latest from the Twilight phenomenon/franchise. That’s pretty huge. Luckily most of those fans are not old enough to come into JB’s. I hope that they still play “Navy Man” and “Noah”! I know. I’m not even going to be there, but I was thinking of you. Make sure to get their early enough to catch Busses. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran




Reading Rainbow Make Me Happy at The Ox July 22

Listen to Reading Rainbow and try not to dance. It’s impossible. I’ve already tried. Press play on “I’ll Follow You” and sways will ensue. Understated yet sweet with warm and washed out vocals, Reading Rainbow’s harmonies are organic, catchy, and fun. Somewhere between a punk rock swagger and the trippy thrill of psych rock, tracks like “Totem Pole” and “Restless” aptly highlight the spectrum of Reading Rainbow’s eclectic and creative strengths. The energetic buzzing of “Feral Kids” pours out in shouts and ahs, steering clear of mainstream gimmicks like perfect pitch and diction. Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton’s noisy anthems (not to mention their live sets) should become the golden standard for defining lo-fi at its finest or garage-pop at its best. With acts like Reading Rainbow, summer nights are epically chill. In short this band is awesome, but don’t take my word for it. Rock out to their good vibrations with Philly four-piece Univox and Summer Blondes. The Ox. 2nd & Oxford St., 8pm, $5, All Ages (Justin Roman) - Dianca Potts



Da Comrade! Say Goodbye at KFN July 22

Da Comrade! are getting ready to say goodbye to one of their very own for some time as cellist Anne Ellis West embarks on a new adventure. But before she sets sail, the band is ready to throw a bon voyage party that’s for the rock ages! It will also be a celebration party since the band was recently able to successfully raise enough money to record their debut full length alongside Kyle Pulley of Simple Machine Recording who has also assisted the likes of Dr. Dog, Grandchildren and Algernon Cadwallader. It will also be a going away party for exploding drum masters Ugh God, who head out on a summer tour next week. They will be joined tonight at Kung Fu Necktie by Motorcycle Maus, who are still riding the coattails of their recent full length Chipping Teeth. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill



Ladyfingers Rolling Along at Tritone July 22

Since we last checked in on rockabilly virtuoso Adam “Ladyfingers” Weiner after he won our Artist of the Month poll a few months back, he has been on a roll. He released the infectious piano laden EP Wet T-Shirt Contest (which was recorded with some of his poll winnings at Larry Gold’s The Studio where Queen Latifah was working in the other room) before embarking on a tour of Europe. He has also been working on a movie with filmmaker friend Adam Carpenter that’s set to feature a full blown stream of live footage, depressing dives and music videos. Get ready to raise a Citywide Special to Ladyfingers who will be bringing his guitar hooks, piano trills and mad crooning skills to Tritone tonight. He’ll be performing with Swampmeat, a band from the UK that he jammed with and befriended while on the other side of the pond. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $7, 21+ - Bill McThrill



PDX Pop Now! Storms the Steps of City Hall THURSDAY July 22


Seriously, when did mayor Sam Adams get so damned hip? First he adorned his office with a portrait of Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, then he switched all of the city phone on-hold music to local artists with his Listen Local campaign, now he's teaming up with PDX Pop Now! to host a concert featuring all local bands on the steps of City Hall(1221 SW 4th Avenue).

Andrew Oliver Quartet, Atole, Kelli Schaefer and Nick Jaina Band are the acts that will be rockin' outside the mayor's office tomorrow evening. The show is FREE and ALL AGES, so you have no valid excuse not to be there!

5:45: Andrew Oliver Quartet

6:35: Kelli Schaefer

7:25: Atole

8:15: Nick Jaina Band

And don't forget, the PDX Pop Now! music festival is a mere week away! In case you forgot, here are the deets:

FREE and ALL AGES. July 30, 31 and August 1st at Rotture. The festival will feature indoor and outdoor performances from Aan, AgesandAges, And And And, ASSS, Atriarch, Au, Autistic Youth, Ben Darwish, Billygoat, Blue Cranes, Blue Horns, Brainstorm, Cloudy October, Da'Rel Junior, Defect Defect, Eternal Tapestry, Fear No Music, Get Hustle, Grey Anne, Guantanamo Baywatch, Hockey, Hosannas, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Joey Casio, Joggers, Krebsic Orkestar, Kung Pao Chickens, Kusikia, Lewi Longmire, Luck One, Michael The Blind, Operative, Parenthetical Girls, Please Step Out of The Vehicle, Reporter, Rollerball, Shoeshine Blue, Skeletron, Soup Purse, SubArachnoid Space, Tiny Knives, Tu Fawning, The Tumblers, Typhoon, Wampire, Why I Must Be Careful, and Ylang Ylang. The 2010 Festival schedule is available here.

Hope to see you all there!

-Katrina Nattress