Good Music for Good People
Four gigs that beat all
UPDATE 4/18/14, 4:35pm - According to OM's Facebook page, this performance is unfortunately CANCELED.
Local heavy metal legend Al Cisneros brings his dark, droning psych-rock collaboration with Emil Amos, an eldritch thing called OM, to the stage at Sister (407 Central NW) tomorrow night. Cisneros, of influential doom band Sleep, and Amos—who also drums in PDX post-rock outfit Grails and conjures soundscapes with Alex Hall in Lilacs & Champagne—are well known in both these parts and the metal universe for generating sounds that are massive, entrancing and louder than goddamned hell.
OM takes its moniker from the Hindu concept for the sound the universe makes; if that descriptor is anywhere near the ensemble’s musical truth, then this world’s vast emptiness is a triumphantly noisy affair that careens between chaos and transcendence. Robert Lowe's contributions to the band’s latest release, Advaitic Songs, and touring efforts add a shimmery crunch to OM’s cosmically unpronounceable, sonically arcane journey. But why read words that attempt to describe something all-at-once too simple and complicated to make words out of ... when you can take the trip yourself for 10 bucks. Opening act Watter—featuring Britt Walford of Slint and Grails' Zak Riles—takes the stage at 10pm, and this show is 21-plus. Sister • Sat Apr 19 • 10pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Finally getting to high-five Emil Amos
A date with Om, Sir Richard Bishop and Jeremy Barnes
I'm a notorious recluse/hermit. I imagine myself as a postmodern Emily Dickinson—Gchat and Facebook message as letter, yo—but, as yet, I'm nowhere near the writer she was and probably more closely resemble late-stage Howard Hughes. As an introvert, one of the things I dig the most about social networking is the ability to share in the lives and experiences of artists I admire. I never thought I'd be able to tell Ann Magnuson that "Folk Song" will always be in my sonic top ten.
Another rad artist I "know" via Facebook is Emil Amos. When I heard Lilacs & Champagne, my mind was blown. I messaged him to that effect and he kindly requested my friendship. Amos, of Om, Grails and Holy Sons, is extremely talented and hella gracious, and I'm psyched to high-five him this evening. Transcendent drone-metal duo Om performs tonight at Sister (409 Central NW), along with guitar virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop and Jeremy Barnes. I'll see you there. Read all about Bishop in Siring Superlative Sound. Check out related A/V below. Sister • Om • Sir Richard Bishop • Jeremy Barnes • Thurs Feb 14 • 10 pm • $10-13 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com