THE MEAN JEANS, THERAPISTS, BI MARKS, THE BUGS
(Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) This is the only way to spend 4/20. Tonight the Mean Jeans are gonna party your socks off with the release of their great new album Mean Jeans on Mars. Could this turn the Eagles Lodge, already the friendliest spot in town, into home of the greatest punk party... of all time? All signs point to party. NED LANNAMANN Also read our article on The Mean Jeans.
HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT—SOUL COVERS OF COUNTRY CLASSICS: DJ ACTION SLACKS
(Sloan's Tavern, 36 N Russell) True connoisseurs of vintage soul already know that the genre has close ties with country and western. Now you can dig the best of these country soul crossovers with DJ Action Slacks, who will be spinning all evening with the likes of Gladys Knight and Al Green, covering Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and more! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: BOMBINO
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Led by guitarist Omara Moctar, Bombino makes Tuareg desert blues—much like Malian artists such as Ali Farka TourÉ and Tinariwen, although Bombino hails from bordering Niger. Sublime Frequencies' Hisham Mayet (a Portlander) recorded Bombino in 2007 and brought those recordings to Westerners' ears; in 2011 Bombino released the acclaimed Agadez album, named for Moctar's hometown. It's joyous and unforgettable music, full of animation, rhythm, and burning-hot guitar. There's no way to avoid feeling moved by Bombino, let alone the need to dance. This is one of the most exciting shows on the Soul'd Out roster. NED LANNAMANN
YOB, NETHER REGIONS, DIESTO, NORSKA, WHITE ORANGE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) I have it on very good authority (stonerrock.com) that YOB is the single greatest band you could listen to on this hedonist holiday. The celebrated Eugene-based group delivers a rare performance tonight as part of a "doom metal lovefest" curated by Rynne Stump, an ex-booker-about-town back for tonight's show. YOB rose to royalty status in American metal after more than a decade of releasing solidly devastating albums, most recently 2011's lauded Atma, and touring both the US and abroad. Their live show desecrates all listeners with excruciating, 10-minute onslaughts, anchored by the beastly vocals of Mike Scheidt, whose practice of Israeli martial arts and Eastern religious traditions informs the band's cosmically profound lyrics and sound. Simultaneously, Aaron Rieseberg's pleading, plodding bass riffs will envelop you in infinite sonic universes while Travis Foster's percussion sets the obliterating pace. MARANDA BISH
SERGE SEVERE, TERMINILL, LUCK-ONE, BIG BANG, ELEVATED, JRITZ, SAYWORDS, DICTION ONE, DJ WELS, SOLE PROVIDER
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) Serge Severe isn't playing around. In 2011 the Portland emcee released Back on My Rhymes, a critical success that paid homage to the "beats, rhymes, and life" ethos and production of golden-era hiphop. Rather than rest on his laurels, Severe has three new releases planned for 2012, the first being his Service Without a Smile EP, which is being celebrated tonight. Those already familiar with Severe know what to expect lyrically: The precise delivery and punishing bars remain intact, although he also pulls off some impressive double-time delivery on the aptly named "Switchitup." Sonically, the updated production has a more diverse radio-ready soundscape courtesy of local producer Terminill. Local rappers take note, as Severe spits on the title track, "Maybe you should be a fan. 'Cause every single person doesn't have to be the man." RYAN FEIGH
SCREAMING FEMALES, HURRY UP, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Screaming Females have come a long way since playing cramped basements in their hometown of New Brunswick, New Jersey. The three-piece—which includes a singular screaming female—boasts a concrete-slab rhythm section that allows a lot of room for axe-wielder Marissa Paternoster to do her thing, which is work spazzy riffs and even spazzier solos into twitchy and scratchy punk rock. Basically, Screaming Females are all that is right in rock music. Not to overstate things, but a band that plays rock with a shredder of a guitarist who uses her powers for good, not evil, is all right in my book. MARK LORE
SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: GREENSKY BLUEGRASS, PERT NEAR SANDSTONE
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Look, we don't know why these bluegrass bands are playing Soul'd Out. Probably to make it even more hippie friendly. Unlike some of the traditional—and outstanding—roots-music acts we have here in the Northwest, Michigan's Greensky Bluegrass and Minnesota's Pert Near Sandstone err on the side of progressivism, making for that weirdly smooth version of new-grass that pleases public radio listeners. NL
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