DIMMU BORGIR, ENSLAVED, BLOOD RED THRONE, DAWN OF ASHES
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Injecting their pummeling riffs with soaring symphonic elements, Norway's Dimmu Borgir bring their powerhouse sound back through town, crushing you with a heavy, majestic, and ridiculously over-the-top fusion of classical music and black, black metal. NED LANNAMANN
PRAIRIE EMPIRE, SHENANDOAH DAVIS, HARLOWE AND THE GREAT NORTH WOODS, NEW HEIRLOOMS
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Shenandoah Davis' voice tends to linger in the room long after her recordings have stopped. She's bound to leave you longing for more of the drama she creates when her otherwise demure croon scales the cliff face of the higher registers, and then rappels back down with a stunning restraint. In fact, the Seattleite's first full-length, We; Camera, is teeming with these dangerous-but-beautiful moments that suck the breath right out of you. Clearly a classically trained pianist, effortlessly blending ragtime and blues with the frantic trills of Chopin compositions, Davis could easily garner comparisons to Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor, but that just seems outright lazy. Instead, we'll say it's best to go and see for yourself, for talent like hers is meant to be experienced head-on. RAQUEL NASSER
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