Friday, July 25, 2014

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: The Chain Gang of 1974, street fairs and benefits, Night Argent

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

After a turbulent week of fires and brutal winds, the sun is shining; it’s time to go hear some live music. 

TONIGHT

The Big Dipper’s got post-hardcore rocker Dustin Kensrue  singer of Thrice, coming through tonight. William Alan will open the all-ages show that starts at 7 pm and is $15.

Five years ago, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Kamtin Mohager was playing bass in the electronic band 3OH!3, but there was more he had to share with the world. Adopting the moniker the Chain Gang of 1974 (listen below), he released the 2010 collection Fantastic Nostalgic: The Early Recordings. Over the past few years, Mohager’s music has meandered through the lands of disco, Euro house and even a bit of punk. His latest album, the February release Daydream Forever, could easily have been released in the late 1980s and no one would have batted an eyelash. The electro-power-pop choruses, the synthesizer beats, and of course that breathy, high voice — it’s all there. Empires opens the show at the Bartlett that starts at 8 pm. $12.



Local Singer-songwriter Chelsey Heidenreich plays the Phat House tonight as part of her Northwest acoustic tour. It’s an all-ages show.

SATURDAY

Two X’s mark the spot at the Baby Bar Saturday as California-based Rexx takes over the stage. Openers include BBBBandits, the Beat Reds and (a name you won’t forget) Phlegm Fatale. The free show starts at 9:30 pm.

The Bartlett is raising money for kids Saturday with its Songs for Kids Foundation Benefit. It features many awesome local acts like Bandit Train, Water Monster, Hannah Reader, Scott Ryan, Cathedral Pearls, Josh Rifkind, Holy Broke, Dead Serious Lovers and Von the Baptist. The benefit is entry by donation and begins at 8 pm.  

Rags & Ribbons plays the Big Dipper Saturday with Flying Spiders opening up the evening. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 pm and is $7.

This Pasco-based five-piece Night Argent makes the kind of commanding sound designed to fill arenas. After opening for Imagine Dragons and having just played the Warped Tour in Auburn, Washington, last month, they’ve had opportunity to unleash their electro-pop rock ‘n’ roll on some big stages. Frontman Chase Manhattan sounds like a mashup of Justin Timberlake and Adam Levine without all the falsetto crap, and that’s a good thing. Saturday night, they’ll fill a much more intimate space at the Viking, unleashing their catchy, exuberant tunes. The show starts at 8 and is free. Sea Giant and Midnight Parkade will open.



Saturday, right outside of the Lantern Tap House is the South Perry Street Fair. Tons of local talent play the entire day through, starting at 11 am, including the Marshall McLean Band, the Camaros, Prairie War, Cedar & Boyer, Pine League, Von the Baptist and Josh Hedlund. Even better, this thing is entirely free.   

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