MIKE MCGONIGAL'S FAVORITE THINGS: PIERCED ARROWS, STAY CALM, ILYAS AHMED, GOLDEN RETRIEVER, & MORE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Musical mastermind Mike McGonigal (of Yeti magazine) curates tonight's dizzying A Few of My Favorite Things celebration. Included on this wildly diverse bill are underground icons Pierced Arrows, the debut performance of Stay Calm (members of Parenthetical Girls and Explode into Colors), and more DJs than you can toss a Technics turntable at. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
SOFT METALS, TUNNELS, XANDER HARRIS, SICK JAGGERS
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Soft Metals are arguably one of the most tastefully executed electronic acts in Portland. Ian Hicks' sonic layering of vintage drum machines and synthesizers creates the perfect backdrop for bandmate Patricia Hall's emotionally driven lyrics. Together the duo pays homage to many of the great electronic artists of the past 35 years, and creates a sound reminiscent of many of the godfathers of experimental electronic music (such as Chris and Cosey and Section 25). With their debut self-titled full-length LP out on Captured Tracks, the future looks promising for Soft Metals. ARIAN JALALI
SONS OF HUNS, HELLO ELECTRIC, JEN MOON
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The power trio is alive and well, and Sons of Huns are living, local proof. Their bruised and battered hard rock flattens with all the power of a steamroller, but does so at lightning speed. Their self-titled debut EP on the High Scores and Records label achieves a breadth that full-lengths twice its size don't accomplish, with every song a relentless wrecking ball of squealing riffage and thunderbolt rhythm. The Huns have a big summer lined up, headlining Portland's poshest club tonight and then making appearances at Southeast Portland's Multiple Personalities Block Party on July 30 and the Great Idea Festival in Salem's Enchanted Forest theme park on August 5. Meanwhile, the band hopes to return to the studio this summer to lay down tracks for a new 7-inch, which you can rest assured will contain more brontosaurus rock at its stoniest best. NED LANNAMANN
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