WUSSY with Chris Brokaw and Rubella Graves

Fri Jun 17 2016

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Star Theater

13 NW Sixth Avenue Portland, OR 97209

Ages 21+

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Wussy are a four-piece rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio fronted by ex-Ass Ponys frontman Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker. The two began performing together in 2001 as a result of Cleaver's stage fright when asked to perform a brief run of solo shows. The duo's first show was largely unplanned and still went without incident.. so they agreed to continue and expand. Mark Messerly joined in 2002 as bassist and utility man, and Dawn Burman joined on drums shortly thereafter. The four-piece released three full-length albums and one EP on their native Cincinnati's Shake It label. Their work has met with critical praise from Rolling Stone and SPIN, both of which gave the band's second and third albums four stars each, in addition to favorable reviews from Village Voice, NPR, Washington Post, Uncut, and many other press outlets. The "Dean of American Critics" Robert Christgau placed the band's first two albums (Funeral Dress and Left for Dead) on his Best of the Decade list, and their third album (Wussy) ranked tenth in his best of 2009 Dean's List. Burman left the band in early 2009 and was replaced by veteran Cincinnati drummer Joe Klug. The re-vamped lineup toured the Eastern U.S. throughout 2009 and recorded two vinyl-only singles. The first is a split single on Karate Body Records with Louisville's The Fervor, released in 2009. The second (a cover of Dusty Springfield's "Breakfast in Bed") is an upcoming part of Shake It Records' newest series – Dangerous Highway, A Tribute to the Songs of Eddie Hinton. The band is touring the US in 2010 and releasing a fourth full-length.

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  • Wussy

    Wussy

    Alternative Rock

  • Chris Brokaw

    Chris Brokaw

    Alternative Rock

    Chris Brokaw was born in New York City and raised in the outlying suburbs. He attended Oberlin College, where he took exactly two music-related classes: Multi-track Recording and Steel Drumming. In 1986 he moved to Boston, Massachusetts; and in 2011 relocated to Seattle, Washington.

    Chris is perhaps best known for his work as the drummer in CODEINE and the guitarist in COME, who made several albums in the 1990s for the labels Sub Pop and Matador that are considered landmarks in American independent rock music.

    Since 2001, Chris has focused primarily on his work as a solo artist, making numerous albums of vocal and instrumental music. This has ranged from full on rock ("Red Cities", "Incredible Love") to explorations of the 6-string and 12-string acoustic guitars ("Canaris", "VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume 3") to the experimental and abstract ("Tundra", "Gracias, Ghost of the Future"). Throughout, Chris has maintained an active solo touring schedule in the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and Russia.

    He has composed original music for the following films: "I Was Born, But" (Roddy Bogawa, 2004), "Road" (Leslie McCleave, 2005, which received the award for Best Original Score at the Brooklyn International Film Festival); "Sospira" (Lana Z. Caplan, 2011); "Taken By Storm" (Roddy Bogawa, 2011); and "Now, Forager" (Julia Halperin/Jason Cortlund, 2012). The latter two films screened in 2012 at MOMA in New York City.

    Chris has also performed and recorded as an accompanist to Thurston Moore, Evan Dando, Christina Rosenvinge, Jennifer O'Connor, Rhys Chatham, Steve Wynn, Alan Licht, GG Allin, and Johnny Depp.

     

  • Rubella Graves

    Rubella Graves

    Music

TRUE WEST PRESENTS

WUSSY with Chris Brokaw and Rubella Graves

Fri Jun 17 2016 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Star Theater Portland OR
WUSSY with Chris Brokaw and Rubella Graves
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Ages 21+

Wussy are a four-piece rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio fronted by ex-Ass Ponys frontman Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker. The two began performing together in 2001 as a result of Cleaver's stage fright when asked to perform a brief run of solo shows. The duo's first show was largely unplanned and still went without incident.. so they agreed to continue and expand. Mark Messerly joined in 2002 as bassist and utility man, and Dawn Burman joined on drums shortly thereafter. The four-piece released three full-length albums and one EP on their native Cincinnati's Shake It label. Their work has met with critical praise from Rolling Stone and SPIN, both of which gave the band's second and third albums four stars each, in addition to favorable reviews from Village Voice, NPR, Washington Post, Uncut, and many other press outlets. The "Dean of American Critics" Robert Christgau placed the band's first two albums (Funeral Dress and Left for Dead) on his Best of the Decade list, and their third album (Wussy) ranked tenth in his best of 2009 Dean's List. Burman left the band in early 2009 and was replaced by veteran Cincinnati drummer Joe Klug. The re-vamped lineup toured the Eastern U.S. throughout 2009 and recorded two vinyl-only singles. The first is a split single on Karate Body Records with Louisville's The Fervor, released in 2009. The second (a cover of Dusty Springfield's "Breakfast in Bed") is an upcoming part of Shake It Records' newest series – Dangerous Highway, A Tribute to the Songs of Eddie Hinton. The band is touring the US in 2010 and releasing a fourth full-length.