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WOODS, THE FRESH AND ONLYS, PACIFIC CITY NIGHTLIFE VISION BAND
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Woodsist Records are consistently churning out some of today's best lo-fidelity records, and tonight we're lucky enough to get two of their best bands on the same bill. One from San Francisco, and one from Brooklyn—cities every Portlander secretly envies. Woods, the sugary, slacker folk-psych outfit that sounds like Crazy Horse channeling the spirit of Wowee Zowee, and The Fresh and Onlys, who have favorably abandoned their Cramps-y freak-outs in exchange for a psychedelic, surfy take on the weepy New Romanticism of the Go-Betweens. Plus, surprise! Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band (raddest band name ever) is the inexplicably melted mindfuck of Spencer Clark (The Skaters, Monopoly Child Star Searchers) and Portland's own Scott Simmons, owner of Exiled Records and former member of Eat Skull. CHRIS CANTINO
THE COATHANGERS, XDS, SEXHAIR
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Like any good punk band—and they are a great punk band—the Coathangers have a bit of a reputation. Their dubious backstory (of stolen drum sets and unrelenting live shows) is well regaled at this point, but there is so much more to this Atlanta quartet than their reckless past. Their debut, Scramble, made an art form out of unraveling, raw punk songs that harkened back to the glorious run of underappreciated bands like Huggy Bear. This year's Larceny and Old Lace finds the Coathangers maturing—gasp!—as they don't entirely destroy every song in a violent collision of overlapping screams and crashing instrumentation. While not exactly batting eyelashes and curtsying, the band does savor the moment on melodic and sincere numbers like "My Baby" and "Go Away." While the tempo might have slowed ever so slightly, that doesn't mean the Coathangers aren't afraid to go for the jugular. After all, they have a reputation to live up to. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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