I'VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL FIFTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY: DJ BEYONDADOUBT, DJ NAME NAMES, MR. FINE WINE, JONATHAN TOUBIN, E*ROCK
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) It's the five-year anniversary of I've Got a Hole in My Soul, and they're gonna blow the roof off, with the "godfather of soul DJs" Mr. Fine Wine, DJ Name Names (AKA Ian Svenonius), Jonathan Toubin, and of course founder Beyondadoubt. Plus a midnight dance contest, a photo booth, and live video mixing by E*Rock. MARJORIE SKINNER
CASS MCCOMBS, MICHAEL HURLEY,
SERIOUS BUSINESS, ATOLE, VTRN,
A GENTLEMAN'S PICNIC, WINSTON LANE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Despite their name, I don't think Serious Business is too worried about keeping things serious. Emcee Danny Diana-Peebles and producer Jason Mampel make a particularly giddy, grinning brand of party music, with ample helpings from old-school hiphop, nerd rap, and elastic electrodance. The results are bouncing, insanely energetic floor bumpers, packed full of analog synths and goofy asides. It's the kind of shizz that sounds unbearably annoying first thing in the morning, and positively transcendent last thing at night. Most of the tunes on the Portland duo's debut, the seven-track Kool—which sees its release in a limited-edition CD tonight and will be available as a download after that—are snide, greasy, thrift-store-day-glo party jams, and plenty enjoyable for that. But during a few isolated instances, like on the feverish, apocalyptic buildup at the end of album highlight "Cheap Clothes," Serious Business exhibits a deeper—dare I say, serious—approach to crafting electronic music. NED LANNAMANN
WAX, TxE, CASSOW
(Peter's Room at the Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Hollywood emcee Wax is one of the growing number of independent artists using the latest technology to further their career and expand their fanbase. After initially building a buzz by uploading YouTube videos of his freestyles and musical performances, Wax has since parlayed his internet fame into a deal with industry giant Def Jam. He comes into town touring with his latest mixtape, Eviction Notice, an impressive assortment of party jams, weed anthems, and showcases of lyrical dexterity with a strong sense of humor throughout. Local trio TxE opens, on the cusp of releasing their heavily anticipated full-length We Get It in True. So be sure to arrive early before you party 'til the late night. RYAN FEIGH
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