Two shows celebrate new releases for Portland artists this month at Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside. Jeremy Wilson and The Triangle perform Saturday March 8 and Casey Neill and The Norway Rats take the stage March 16.
Former Dharma Bums/Pilot frontman Jeremy Wilson, along with Dylan-Thomas Vance and Matthew Rotchford have recorded Empty Through Empty Space, twelve songs based on a 3600 mile road trip Wilson took. The release soiree also features sets from The Eyelids and Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys. 9 pm 21+ over. Tickets are $10 advance $12.00 at the door.
With guest musical appearances by two of The Decemberists: former Dharma Bum John Moen on drums and Jenny Conlee-Drizos on organ, Ezra Holbrook, Luke Strahota,and others, the new album features a track with all four Dharma Bums together again – Wilson, Moen, Jim Talstra and Eric Lovre – on “I Can’t Bury You.”. Preview the new disc at jeremywilson.bandcamp.com .
Casey Neill and The Norway Rats’ latest is called All You Pretty Vandals. The band has been touring constantly with 50+ performances in 15 states. The Rats are Jesse Emerson (bass), Jenny Conlee (keyboards), Matt Brown (guitar) and Joe Mengis (drums)
Produced by Chris Funk (The Decemberists, Black Prairie), the recording is a series of character sketches of people, Portland and New York. It features a love song to Patti Smith (“She Came Alive”), a hymn to the roadless Washington wilderness (“The Dark Divide”), and “My Little Dark Rose” with Langhorne Slim, a song-snapshot of 1990s Portland, when the city was “a much rougher place and the music was louder,” says Neill. The show also features the bands Run on Sentence and Paleo. Music at 9 pm 21+ over. Tickets are $10 advance $12.00 at door. www.caseyneill.org .
The Fir’s monthly calendar is at www.dougfirlounge.com.