ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI, PURO INSTINCT, MAGIC KIDS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) THINK PINK—Previous recordings have been claustrophobically dense, but Before Today, the incredible new album from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, is a magnificent, multi-hued masterpiece that contains Pink's trademark, warped-pop sensibility and echoes of AM radio's past. NL
LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) The career of Vancouver, BC's 3 Inches of Blood has been fraught with turmoil. Since their inception in 1999, the band has gone through massive lineup changes due to personal differences, throat damage, a physical altercation with England's legendary Saxon, and even death. Consequently, the band's 2009 release Here Waits Thy Doom features the band as a four-piece, two fewer musicians than usual, and none of them are original members. But that's not to say that 3IoB have strayed from their foundation sound and style. The band still contains frontman Cam Pipes, whose harsh falsetto vocals are part of the band's signature sound. Doom is also full of as much blood-drenched, battlefield-inspired heavy metal as the albums preceding it. Fans should expect their live show to sound a little stripped down, but no less epic. AW
BILLYGOAT, BENOIT PIOULARD, DASH! (Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny)
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