QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL: SUN FOOT, KYP MALONE, TOM GREENWOOD, THE GOLDEN BEARS, LARRY YES, FRANKLIN'S MINT
(Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) Curated by artist Chris Johanson, the Quiet Music Festival of Portland proves that the most tranquil music can pack the mightiest punches. For two nights at Disjecta, silence reigns supreme, with low-volume sets from the likes of Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Tom Greenwood (Jackie-O Motherfucker), the Golden Bears, and plenty more. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
GANGLIANS, HEAVY HAWAII, CUCKOO CHAOS, PLATEAUS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) In the songs of Sacramento quartet Ganglians, you can hear a persistent tension between chipper '60s-pop naivetÉ and weirder, more unsettling undercurrents typically associated with psychedelia. They have satisfyingly balanced these impulses over three albums since 2009, including the new Still Living, which they recorded with Robby Moncrieff (notable for his work on Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca). The reverb-haloed vocals add an endearing distancing effect to the 12 catchy, shaggy-headed tracks on Still Living. There's a blurrily distinct line leading from the Beach Boys to Animal Collective to Ganglians—well-scrubbed nature boys in love with buoyant melody and hazily crystalline tonalities—that bodes well for the latter's increasing popularity. DAVE SEGAL
NO KIND OF RIDER, TANGO ALPHA TANGO, NOVOSTI
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) For No Kind of Rider, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Over the course of a couple years they swapped monikers from Black Swan to No Kind of Rider (good decision), relocated from Tulsa to Portland (great decision), and the quintet delivered a pair of EPs in the process; the most notable of these is Away Colors. The concise half-dozen tracks of Away Colors orbit around No Kind of Rider's brooding arrangements and penchant for letting songs spiral into open-ended shoegazing jams alongside frontman Sam Alexander's calm delivery. While he lacks the vocal heft of the National's Matt Berninger, Alexander shares the same enviable level of confidence and he never, even during the EP's jittery title track, loses his cool. If Away Colors offers any indication of that the future holds, it's time you acquaint yourself with No Kind of Rider. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
WELCOME HOME WALKER, LORDY LORDS, TENSIONS
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Devin Clark, the singer and lead guitarist of Welcome Home Walker—alternatively known as W.H. Walker, depending on who is doing the poster art—has one of the most rock and roll vocal deliveries coming out of Portland. In the trashed garage style so revered for retro qualities and on-the-edge energy, Clark's voice is anchored in frontman charm, then goes lopsided with feral ferociousness. Often backed by sugar-sweet, doo-wop intonations, Clark manages to be both ragged and harmonious in perfect proportion. Tonight marks the release of WHW's first full-length album, Duds!, since forming in 2007, though they've by no means slouched in bringing party anthems to the people along the way, including "Suds!," one of the catchiest songs about beer/soap ever laid to tape. MARANDA BISH
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