By Rob Cullivan
The Portland Tribune,
Jan. 19, 20
Some rock bands like to play with a smirk, others a sneer and then some play with their hearts not only on their sleeves, but also ripped open and beating for everyone to see. Portland’s Rags & Ribbons (formerly Galaxy Farm) is decidedly in the third category, performing classically based art rock that would make anybody who’s ever been in a school choir or a tumultuous relationship with an unrepentant drunk quite happy. Pianist Jon Hicks, guitarist Ben Weyerhaeuser and drummer Chris Neff are masters of their respective instruments and still believe in the power of rock music to move an audience, even one not old enough to remember over-the-top bands like Queen or ELP but curious enough to surf the Web to find out who they were. Rags & Ribbons is releasing its newest CD “The Glass Masses” this month, and you have two chances to hear them this week.
Rags & Ribbons, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926, http://www.musicmillennium.com/; Rags & Ribbons, Water & Bodies, Fox And the Law, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $8 advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-231-WOOD, http://www.dougfirlounge.com/.
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