Dec 14, 2015

With help from the Willamette Week’s 2015 Give!Guide, the Creative Music Guild is raising money to fund programming for their 25th year of bringing new, improvised, and experimental music and performance to Portland. Ticket sales will benefit the Creative Music Guild’s mission. We are grateful to these amazing band for donating their time to support our mission! Come support local music and home-grown non-profits!

Modern Kin

Modern Kin’s sweeping 12-song debut begins with singer Drew Grow’s ardent wail, and expands into heady and tilted harmonies that scrape around rowdy guitars. At its core this is a live band. And as most great live bands attempt, Modern Kin has successfully turned their recorded work into a mirror of the hot lights, quavering strings and communal experience.

The band was included in Portland’s annual Willamette Week “Best New Band” issue and has garnered attention from NPR, KEXP, and MTV as well as countless weekly newspapers and daily blogs.

Their 2013 album was also the debut of Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag) as a producer, and was engineered by Bryce Gonzales (Kurt Vile, The Breeders, Devandra Banhart.) Two tracks, Abandon and Big Enough to Cook, were mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala)

The Crenshaw

The Crenshaw is bass, beats, noise and confessions.

Expanded from a solo project in 2014, Andrew Jones writes fractured pop tunes borrowing from hip hop and art rock as freely as contemporary classical and jazz- squeezing ambience, head-knocking grooves, and angular lyrical hooks into his cathartic 3 minute epics.

Beneath his dastardly vocal and upright bass counterpoint lies the heavy and precise house/juke/footwork beat of Chris Johnedis’ drums- who somehow shoehorns the thump of an 808 into a minimal kit while triggering warped, tripped-out samples that haunt the stage like a 3rd member.

Dragging an Ox through Water

Brian Mumform’s Dragging an Ox through Water perform songs rooted in folk and country traditions, though ruptured, complicated, and complimented with broken textures of feedback, drones, tape hiss, and homemade oscillators. Chance elements and candlelight sensitive instruments destabilize customary electro-amplified-tightness & introduce improvisation to the recitation of these songs.

Dragging an Ox through Water has releases out on Mississippi Records, Awesome Vistas, Sweet Dreams Press, Stank House, Musical Impressions, & more.

Brian also plays in Sun Foot, Deep Fried Boogie Band, Jewelry Rash, & sometimes Jackie-O Motherfucker. He runs a small cassette & CDR label called Musical Impressions (or muim000).