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Kora player Kane Mathis plays Egan's Ballard Jam House tonight at 9 p.m.
The Builders and the Butchers play Neumos tonight. As my favorite Gothic

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Live Music Roundup: Friday, June 19

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Kora player Kane Mathis plays Egan's Ballard Jam House tonight at 9 p.m.
The Builders and the Butchers play Neumos tonight. As my favorite Gothic bluegrass band, and one of my favorite bands period, I strongly urge you to go listen to their bloody tales of brimstone and misery, even if you've seen them six times before, as they are known to lead musical processions outside and around the block. It's very fun. The show costs a trifling $12, doors are at 8 p.m., and a pair of great bands-- orchestral Portland pop band Loch Lomond and hometown friendsthe Globes-- open, so get there on time.

Young Fresh Fellows celebrate their CD release at the Tractor Tavern tonight, which you can read more about in the music section.

Studio 66's fifth anniversary is tonight at Lo-Fi with Satellite 4 and the Sugarsmacks. It starts at 9 p.m. and costs $8.

Then, there are these two selections from this week's Short List:

Autopilot is for Lovers at Cafe Racer, 9:30 p.m., $12 adv

Autopilot Is for Lovers is a Portland duo whose lead singer, Adrienne Hatkin, sounds more like Stevie Nicks than Stevie Nicks. However, it would be inaccurate to say Stevie Nicks sounds like Adrienne Hatkin because Hatkin wasn't even a fetus when Nicks began her crooning career. But, together with her multi-instrumentalist bandmate Paul Seely (Hatkin's a multi-instrumentalist herself), Autopilot is for Lovers sounds nothing like Fleetwood Mac. In fact they're quite the opposite, cultivating an Eastern European sound through the use of peculiar instruments like accordion, melodica, and glockenspiel.

Their full-length debut, To the Wolves, is quite impressive, although it lurches a little too close to Devendra Banhart territory on a handful of tracks. But let's face it: The real reason I'm writing about this band is Seely shares a full name with my father, and spells it the exact same way. That's a first. MIKE SEELY

Andrew Oliver and Kane Mathis at Egan's Ballard Jam House, 9 p.m., $7

Listening to Kane Mathis' kora playing brings to mind Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert. Their instruments are similar: in Mathis' case, the kora is a 21-stringed West African harp that he learned in Gambia. Take the guts out of Jarrett's piano, stand them up and pluck them, and you have the same idea. Both performers employ gorgeous improvisation on top of simple rhythms; their songs meander between chord and melody, creating a continuous, crystalline drone. Tonight's show--which also features Portland jazz pianist Andrew Oliver--is enough to bring the comparison full circle. In a recent appearance on KEXP's Best Ambiance, Mathis' and Oliver's duets blended together so seamlessly, it sounded as if one giant 109 stringed harp was being played by a four armed musician; not being able to see who was doing what almost made it more interesting. ERIK NEUMANN

 
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