WHITE DENIM, WHITE ARROWS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) On their brand-new album (simply titled D), Austin's White Denim reins in their whirling punk energy for something even more rewarding: a truly stoney brew of psychedelia that's equal parts Steppenwolf and the Beta Band. NED LANNAMANN
CAT STALKS BIRD, THE RESERVATIONS, BLOOD BEACH
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) The duo of Cat Stalks Bird moved to Portland from Michigan, and brought with them a unique and arresting version of guitar rock. Drummer/vocalist Nate Weber also holds a guitar in his lap, hammering down chords with one hand while his remaining three limbs keep heavy time. Meanwhile, Jake Early also wields an ax, playing complicated, arpeggiated figures underneath Weber's swampwater vocals. The result is far denser than two ordinary people could muster, but Cat Stalks Bird manage to sound like an army of giants. The group celebrates their first release as a Portland band tonight with the new Vacant Space EP, and they've assembled a dynamite bill of Portland's best, weirdest psych-rock outfits in the form of the Reservations and Blood Beach. NL
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