MGM, LINDA AUSTIN, ALLIE HANKINS, WHY I MUST BE CAREFUL, POOL OF WINDS, ROB WALMART, E*ROCK
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Local darlings of modern dance Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner have curated a packed night featuring dance from California troupe MGM and Linda Austin, music by Why I Must Be Careful, and comedy from Comedy Is OK, just for starters. MARJORIE SKINNER
THE NOCTURNES, PSYCHIC FELINE, THE WOOLEN MEN
(TThe Saratoga, 6910 N Interstate) Emma Ruth Rundle recently joined the ranks of Red Sparowes, but her other band, the Nocturnes, just released its second full-length album, Aokigahara, which was recorded in Venice, California, at a spot where the Beach Boys once worked. Aokigahara sounds nothing like the Wilson clan, but there's a dreamy, sunset-swept sound in the soft beds of guitars and voices that Rundle and the other three Nocturnes create. Never rising above a slow simmer, Aokigahara contains mystery to spare, at times evoking the mistier moments of Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief, and at others the narcotic glimmer of the Cowboy Junkies. There's also a rumbling, subterranean unrest beneath the Nocturnes' sound—as much as their soothing, holistic music serves as a balm, it also switches one's senses to high alert. NED LANNAMANN
SEA PDX EXG: RED FANG, WHITE ORANGE, SMOOTH SAILING, THE CHASERS
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Seattle has Portland pretty well beat in the rock category. They've got Heart, Metal Church, the Murder City Devils, and the entirety of the grunge movement. That doesn't mean we still can't be friends, right? The SEA PDX EXG two-day showcase—curated by Hannah Levin (KEXP in Seattle) and Carly Henry (Starbird Promotions in Portland)—illustrates that both cities can work together and coexist in harmony. While we're at it, we can prove our prowess in rock with the likes of Red Fang (like anyone in PDX doesn't already know that Red Fang owns?) tonight, and Negative Queen (members of Purple Rhinestone Eagle and Cull) tomorrow evening. ARIS WALES
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