INTO THE WOODS SECOND ANNIVERSARY: NIGHTMOVES, GRANDPARENTS, 1939 ENSEMBLE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Northwest music media website Into the Woods may not have quite achieved empire status, but two years in, they're well on the way. Come celebrate their birthday with new videos (plus some greatest hits), live music from Nightmoves, and the promise of other surprises. MARJORIE SKINNER
ED AND THE RED REDS, MERIDIAN, W.C. BECK AND THE VALIANT SWAINS, EZZA ROSE
(The Piano Fort, 1715 SE Spokane) Read our article on Ed and the Red Reds.
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our article on Beats Antique.
THE SUICIDE NOTES, YOUTHBITCH, THE FLIP TOPS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) The A-side of the debut single from the Suicide Notes is a punky pop gem that's gonna be rolling around my head until summertime at least. "Hey Baby" makes full use of the group's three singers—Jessi Lixx, Double A, and Miss Joseph—with a call-and-response chorus and an undeniably catchy melody that's built around an ingenious pop structure. And in welcome contrast to the sunny, girl-group vibe they initially seem to emit, the Suicide Notes offer real muscle in the guitars, bass, and drums of their backline, plus a few unexpected flourishes like the brass fanfare in B-side "Last Chance." The single celebrates its release on Hovercraft Records tonight, marking the recorded debut of what is assuredly going to be one of Portland's most loved bands. Mark my words—the party starts now. NED LANNAMANN
JOE MCMURRIAN, BLIND BARTIMAEUS
(LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan) Sometimes artists give you a bit of a break from having to decode the zeros and ones of their works. With a name like Blind Bartimaeus—in homage both to the sight-cured roadside beggar from the Gospel of Mark, as well as to sight-hampered blues musicians of the pre-war South—you'd reasonably expect gospel-tinged songs of love and faith. Well, close. Gospel Songs of God & Death, released in December, travels road-tested gospel-folk, with only acoustic guitar and violin to guide it through its dark expanses. Vocalist/guitarist Santi Elijah Holley's whiskey-whispered singing, and ghostly harmonies from Liz Chibucos prove a potent one-two, especially in more upbeat tunes (in tempo, mind you; certainly not lyrically) like "As Cold and Lonesome As the Moon," in which Holley describes a woman with a "Xanax grin and nicotine teeth" over jaunty finger-picked blues. It's a lesson in contrasts, and an easygoing one to boot. RYAN J. PRADO
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