Musicfest Northwest

MFNW’s Big Weekend

By Robert Runyon September 18, 2009

After the rock symphonies from Explosions in the Sky, dancing with hipster messiah Girl Talk, and eating from the Burgerville food cart last night (why does this exist/thank God it exists) you should have a minor case of tinnitus, your feet should be aching, and your voice should be hoarse. Get ready to feel the same way all weekend.

Former holders of the "England’s Next Best Thing" title, and current holders of the "England’s Sorta Big Thing" title, Arctic Monkeys are on the free stage at the Wonder Ballroom this afternoon. If you ever wanted to know what a baby from Pete Doherty and Joe Strummer would sound like, check them out by picking up a ticket from Jackpot Records.

Tonight’s shows are nicely divided to anyone’s specific musical taste. Those who prefer their hip-hop from the Great White North can check out the Swollen Members at Hawthorne Theater. If you like your indie rock airy and ethereal, local rockers Explode Into Colors (coming off an amazing set at TBA) are performing with Brooklyn-based

Our picks:

For those wishing to relive being in Seattle in the early 90s, grunge pioneers Mudhoney and emo founding fathers Sunny Day Real Estate hit Dante’s at 12:30 AM and the Crystal Ballroom at 10, respectively.

Those with wristbands who want simply need to rock cannot miss Israeli thrashers Monotonix at 10 and the ever-influential Bad Brains following them at 11 at the Roseland.

Saturday includes the kings of the local metal scene, Red Fang, playing at the Ash Street Saloon, renowned tastemaker John Vanderslice and dreamy pop from Beach House at Berbati’s, and world-renowned Scottish DJ JD Twitch at Holocene. The free show over at Wonder Ballroom is a buffet of hardcore, with the Bronx, F***ed Up, and the Bronx’s south-of-the-border alter egos, Mariachi El Bronx.

Our picks:

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside sounds like Amy Winehouse minus the crack pipe—this is a good thing. They’ll be at Rontoms for an early show at 5:30.

The second most famous act to come out of Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man, hits up the Roseland at 9:40 sounding like Oasis as filtered through the Pacific Northwest.

Portland indie rock power couple Anita and Kevin Robinson of Viva Voce play at Slabtown at 11 as the Robinsons, which basically is what Viva Voce was up until their newest album, Rose City.

To finish off your Saturday night, check out un chien andalusien as Pixies frontman and Portland resident (or is he still in Eugene?) Black Francis plays over at Dante’s at midnight.

Sunday is only Modest Mouse. No one really knows too much about them.

Maybe you can figure out what their deal is over this music-overrun weekend. See you at the burger cart.

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