Friday, Sept. 5: Casey Neill and the Norway Rats


By Rev. Adam McKinney on September 3, 2014

Casey Neill and the Norway Rats are steeped in Portland's eclectic music scene. From dusty rockers to seafaring folk expeditions, the band comes across like the sort of people who gleefully dig through crates of forgotten troubadours from the '60s and '70s. Featuring the essential keys and accordion of Jenny Conlee (of the Decemberists and Black Prairie), the Norway Rats create incredibly textural indie rock that sounds like an elevated bar band playing as the terrible rays of morning light seep in through the windows and past the crowd of swaying insomniacs. As a frontman, Casey Neill brings a workingman's charm to his role as intrepid bandleader - his husky voice sometimes recalls Bruce Springsteen, but his quavering upper register suggests a forlorn Neil Young.

CASEY NEILL AND THE NORWAY RATS, w/ Trees and Timber, June Madrona, 8 p.m., Northern, 414 ½ Legion Way, Olympia, $5