December: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

Modest Mouse, Mötley Crüe, Matt and Kim: December’s concerts bring some serious musical variety to Portland to brighten up the cold, dark nights. Check out our playlist if you don't believe us!

By Emma Mannheimer November 30, 2015

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Plug in your earbuds, Portlanders. We’ve created a 20-song playlist from the best live music shows coming to you this month. Have your down jackets and snow boots at the ready—there’s plenty here worth venturing into the season’s freeze to catch.

Dec 3: Family of the Year, “Hero”: After Richard Linklater’s 2014 film Boyhood launched these guys into the big time, the L.A. based band continues its poppy indie rock takeover with its latest self-titled album.

Dec 3 & 4: ODESZA, “Sun Models” (feat. Madelyn Grant): This duo hails from Washington but enlivens the whole world with a pop-infused, euphoric EDM style.

Dec 4: Cold War Kids, “First”: Ten years on the scene and Cold War Kids stand strong with a fifth studio album Hold My Home because, according to front man Nathan Willett: “We worked really fucking hard.”

Dec 5 & 6: Modest Mouse, “Coyotes”: One most prolific indie rock groups to emerge from the 90’s (and one we claim as ours), Modest Mouse is back with a sixth studio album Strangers to Ourselves.

Dec 6: Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Silent Night”: This acclaimed African American ensemble—on the go for more than 40 years—brings its vocal-led soul sound back to PDX.

Dec 8: Chanticleer, “Ave Maria”: Expect a capella arrangements spanning medieval to modern from this Grammy award-winning group, dubbed the world’s “reigning male chorus.”

Dec 9: Sun Kil Moon, “The Possum”: Mark Kozelek, the gravel-throated singer-songwriter—and occasional rabble-rouser—behind this Bay Area folk act makes his way to Stumptown with his 2015 release Universal Themes.

Dec 11: Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s, “Treat Her Right”: The beardy, bead-bedazzled soul man of ZZ Top tours with new album Perfectamundo whose “Afro-Cuban flavor” adds a new genre to the blues rocker’s repertoire.

Dec 12: The Dandy Warhols, “Bohemian Like You”: Portland’s longtime rock popsters return for their fourth consecutive year of annual holiday knees-up, this year titled A Dandy Christmas Carol.

Dec 13: The English Beat, “Mirror in the Bathroom”: Three decades after the group disbanded in 1983, front man Dave Wakeling is back with crowdfunded album Here We Go Love.

Dec 14: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, “Creep”: Bradlee and his band recast hit songs in the style of vintage ragtime.

Dec 15: Matt and Kim, “Get It”: This dance duo hailing from Brooklyn tour with their 2015 release New Glow featuring their signature DIY approach to music.

Dec 15: Mötley Crüe, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Alice Cooper, “School’s Out”: Hair metal’s finest are living their former glory one last time with Crüe’s final trip around the world on their appropriately titled “All Bad Things Must Come to and End” tour.

Dec 15: Okkervil River (Solo), “I’m in Love with Susan Smith”: Will Sheff, the founder of Okkervil River (who was recently featured on Obama’s summer playlist), performs a special acoustic show solo featuring songs from the bands breakthrough concept album Black Sheep Boy.

Dec 16 & 17: Death Cab for Cutie, “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive”: The band (now officially a trio) is back with their eighth studio album Kintsugi, named for the Japanese art of fixing cracked ceramics with gold.

Dec 17: Fernando, “Save Me”: Argentine-Portland roots troubadour Fernando Viciconte taps collaborators including R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey for a tour supporting latest album Leave the Radio On.

Dec 30: Straight No Chaser, “Creep”: Can one ever have too many a capella renditions of "Creep”? We think not. These 10 “unadulterated” male voices make for 16 note-perfect covers on their fifth studio album.

Dec 31: Sallie Ford, “Coulda Been”: Local favorite Sallie Ford and her all-gal lineup help the Rose City inaugurate the New Year in rock ‘n’ roll style.

Dec 31: Pink Martini, “Do You Hear What I Hear”: Pink Martini brings it home with their New Year’s Eve bonanza of two shows, one early and one late.

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