TORO Y MOI, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, BASS DRUM OF DEATH
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Chaz Bundick is a puppetmaster of a huge range of dancing, bouncing sounds. You know him better as Toro y Moi, your one-stop shop for future jamz and retro '80s synths, all squelching along for a funky, freaky dance party. Don't miss Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with tightly coiled funk-psych and a flamboyant live show (guitar heroics! Capes, sometimes!) that you don't want to miss. NED LANNAMANN
LOVERS, THE SHONDES, FORSORCERERS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) This paper has done a poor job of cloaking our collective Lovers fandom—okay, fine, it's a creepy obsession, you happy now? Last year the trio delivered Dark Light, a remarkable album that seems to improve with each passing listen and has the distinction of not even being their best work to date—that honor goes to its sunnier predecessor I Am the West. Joining them are the ladies (and the one dude) of the Shondes, a dynamic quartet unafraid to add some jarring violin notes to their uptempo punk sound. The Brooklyn band is making the rounds in support of Searchlights, which is a more fleshed-out effort than their intensely personal 2010 release, My Dear One. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
BOATS, BLOODTYPES, COMPANY, MORMON TRANNYS, DESTROY NATE ALLEN
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Don't confuse Sacramento's Boats with the band from Winnipeg of the same name (who were signed to Kill Rock Stars recently). And don't confuse them with Seattle's charming BOAT, either. No, this Boats is a snotty punk band with songs that crash and jump and are all over in less than a minute and a half. Actually, their nosebleed songs are so goofy and full of giddy excitement that they'll give Seattle's BOAT a run for their money in the lovability sweepstakes. Boats' songs thump like the fast-wagging tail of a particularly excitable dog, knocking everything—oh no, not the bong!—off the coffee table and onto the floor. With new guitarist Charles Albright and drummer Patrick Shelley in tow, they'll blast through town, leaving behind a stinky puddle that no carpet cleaner can erase. NL
SNAP!: DR. ADAM, COLIN JONES, J. GREEN
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The monthly night celebrating the best in '90s dance jams, Snap!, is back, featuring a floor-burning cover song performance from Purple & Green's J. Green and $3 drink specials all night long, because two things make the dancing go down easy: nostalgia and booze! MARJORIE SKINNER
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) It's gotta kinda suck to live in the shadow of your super-famous grandpa, and your only-kinda-famous father—people constantly comparing, debating, critiquing your every last little similarity or difference. Really, the only thing you can do is say, "fuck it" and blaze your own trail. If you try to compare Hank III to 1940s Hank Williams Sr., you will be sorely disappointed. If you're open to mixing up traditional country with an occasional speed-metal riff, then Hank III will make you very happy. Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town, a double album Hank III released this month alongside two other new albums, features guest appearances by Tom Waits and Les Claypool and a song called "Cunt of a Bitch." Oh, the Grand Ole Opry it ain't. KELLY O
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