SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: SLAUGHTERHOUSE, ILLMACULATE
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Supergroup Slaughterhouse was born from a collaboration track of the same name on Joe Budden's 2008 release Halfway House. In addition to Budden, the group features Brooklyn rapper Joell Ortiz, Long Beach's Crooked I, and Detroit emcee Royce da 5'9". All four artists have a shared history as top-notch lyricists who haven't reached their maximum potential due to setbacks and squabbles with the music industry and major labels. This should change now that the quartet has signed to Eminem's Shady Records, benefiting not only from the inherent business connections, but also obtaining a producer, mentor, and protector. If the first single "Hammer Dance" is any indication, the forthcoming album promises epic production combined with gritty street-level subject matter. Portland emcee Illmaculate is on the verge of releasing his own full-length, Skrill Talk, which is one of the most anticipated local releases in recent memory. RYAN FEIGH
THE REVIVAL TOUR: CHUCK RAGAN, CORY BRANAN, TOM GABEL, NATHANIEL RATELIFF
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) When Chuck Ragan decided to broaden the range of his guttural, melodic punk-core attack with the release of 2007's Feast or Famine, he'd already decided the traditionalist in him needed to be freed. The former Hot Water Music frontman's curation of the annual Revival Tour is evidence enough of that. Now in its fifth year, the tour serves as a largely acoustic outlet for bandying rockers hell-bent on rallying around the not-so-Old-World idea of rotating musicians, surprise collaborations, and onstage brotherhood through song. This year's fare features Ragan—whose 2011 LP Covering Ground was another formidable touchstone in what's becoming a legendary career—as well as Against Me!'s Tom Gabel, Lucero cohort Cory Branan, and the fantastic Nathaniel Rateliff. Unscheduled guests are known to pop onstage from town to town, making each stop a unique experience, and Ragan is also raising funds for re-forestation projects and impoverished communities. RYAN J. PRADO
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