BIG-ASS SANDWICHES BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: RED FANG, BRIAN POSEHN, RON FUNCHES, IAN KARMEL
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) This is all you need for the best night ever: 1) Metal. 2) Sandwiches. 3) Laughter. That's why local food cart Big-Ass Sandwiches—whose mammoth sammies have fueled many a Mercury lunch break—have invited not just the righteously heavy Red Fang to play their second birthday bash, they've also got comedian Brian Posehn and Portland's own Ron Funches and Ian Karmel, who will more than deliver in the chortle department. NED LANNAMANN
PAPERCUTS, TIM COHEN'S MAGIC TRICK, SARAH GWEN PETERS
LOST LANDER, RADIATION CITY,
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) This brief blurb will make its intentions clear right off the bat with a fervent and somewhat uncharacteristic plea: Please, please listen to Lost Lander. Local songwriter Matt Sheehy's most recent musical undertaking will undoubtedly release one of the new year's most exciting albums. DRRT, due out January 24, is not only bound to cut a deep fjord directly through the center of your dull and desiccated winter heart, but the CD packaging itself also folds out into a super-cool planetarium that lights up! Double exciting! The record will not see its proper release celebration until Lost Lander's live show on February 3, but for now, come out and welcome the band back from their West Coast jaunt with billmates Radiation City. RAQUEL NASSER
STEELHYMEN, DEER OR THE DOE, GALLONS
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Using the word "steel" in the context of a band name is fraught with risk. Take Steel Panther. They have become famous for their parody/homage to glam metal, something that can only be described as a shtick. Many people enjoy them; nobody takes them seriously. It's entirely possible that, given their attention-seeking name, Steelhymen are the Steel Panther of riot grrrl. Or they may be truly inspired by the aesthetic. Given their mastery of the genre, it's unclear. I hope they're mad as hell, because their self-titled EP completely rocks. Anchored by Becca VandeWalle on guitar and Lauren Vidal on drums, Steelhymen have recorded four songs that pack a huge amount of punch in a scant 10 minutes. Fuzzy guitars, aggressive riffs, lo-fi vocals, and front-and-center drums conjure up 1995 in the best possible way. REBECCA WILSON
ONRY OZZBORN, DCK VNNGT, HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD, ABADAWN, 835, MIGHTY MISC
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) It's quite telling that producers/emcees Bloodmoney and Sloth, collectively known as Dck Vnngt, first met online through a fan forum of rapper Sole, co-founder of the influential, genre-expanding Anticon collective. The two began swapping projects online, Sloth from Toledo and Bloodmoney from his home in Pittsburgh. It wasn't long before Bloodmoney decided to move back to Portland, where he'd had some pre-millennial success with his old crew Forgotten Dialect, and Sloth moved to town soon after. Their debut EP being released tonight, Mrdr Dth Kll, isn't as gothic as the title might leave you to believe, although thematically it is decidedly anti-swag. The murky socio-political songs are strong without being strident, and the unique production is reason enough to look forward to more from this promising local group. RYAN FEIGH
BOMBINO, MATT JENNINGS
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Bombino (AKA Niger guitarist Omara Mochtar) came to many Westerners' attention through Seattle's Sublime Frequencies label, which issued Group Bombino's Guitars from Agadez Vol. 2 album. He started playing guitar at age 12 after his family took refuge in Algeria during the violent Tuareg rebellion, and feelings from the subsequent hardships seeped into his music. Bombino flaunts two main styles: sparse, mantric, acoustic blues licks that radiate an ancient ache and lack, and a lacerating, highly torqued electric attack that recalls drone rockers like PÄrson Sound. For his latest album, Agadez (on Cumbancha Discovery), Bombino moves into mellower modes. Accompanied by Western musicians on Agadez, Bombino sings with more conventional melodic soulfulness and his guitar riffs assume a more fluid tone. He's still purveying a beautiful rolling blues that you want to unspool endlessly, but for better or worse, Bombino sounds less desperate and hungry here. DAVE SEGAL
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