BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW, LUMERIANS, PICTORIALS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Garnishing tweaked-out, bloodshot psychedelia with sugar-sweet synth candy, Black Moth Super Rainbow's music is like a stranger in an unmarked van, luring you to certain, irresistible danger. Their newest tracks sound like Air's slick Moon Safari fallen on hard, methy times—in other words: beautiful, ruined, and totally compelling. NED LANNAMANN
ORDER OF THE GASH, DIMESLAND, NASALROD, BRONSON ARM
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Order of the Gash (featuring the Merc's own Aris Wales on the skins) sounds evil... then not so evil, then evil again. Okay, it's evil. And relentless. The trio's new full-length Configuration takes Norwegian black metal and turns it on its ear. Yes, there's the speed and precision, and a vocalist who sounds like Beelzebub, but Order of the Gash also have the punk-rock 'tude that informed many of the NWOBHM bands of the late '70s. Basically, OotG don't follow the familiar metal tropes or take themselves too seriously. In fact, the best song on the record is called "Rigormortis on the Rocks"—it's fast and brutal, but it's more Evil Dead 2 than The Exorcist. MARK LORE
REVA DEVITO AND ROANE NAMUH, TxE, DJ KEZ
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Soul and R&B fans in Portland are usually S.O.L. for local live shows. You're 100 times more likely to see us digging through dusty crates and groovin' on our headphone-jams than at a venue (or, we're at a venue dancing to someone else's records). Live music? What's that? Luckily, Portland singer Reva DeVito and DJ/producer Roane Namuh have paired up to create and perform their latest release Cloudshine. Making a departure from DeVito's 2011 debut EP, where her ethereal, loungy vocals floated somewhere above a collection of beats with divergent moods, Cloudshine is an R&B album, reminiscent of Janelle MonÁe or Estelle. There is something to be said for a focused sophomore project—just because you can make music in more than one style doesn't mean you necessarily should. Cloudshine gives the people what they want—slow jams for the honeys! ROCHELLE HUNTER
SAMIYAM, MONO/POLY, RYAT, MAST AND BONES
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Los Angeles-based record label Brainfeeder is a definitive meeting point for experimental beatmakers. Run by Flying Lotus, the don of LA's future beat scene, the label has been a key platform for the chopped-up, bulky basslines that have kept hiphop fresh by putting it in an IDM context. Tonight's lineup features three artists from the label. Samiyam has a way of deconstructing and reassembling sounds so that they take on the qualities of a clogged drain, coaxing your body into moving along with the undulating grunge. In addition to releases on Brainfeeder, Samiyam's tracks have also come out on the highly respected Hyperdub, Ninja Tune, and Warp record labels. Ryat combines skittery sounds with gorgeous vocals in a way that just can't avoid comparison with the creative weirdness of BjÖrk, while Mono/Poly's heavier, more intense sound is appropriately matched to the political undertones in his music. AVA HEGEDUS
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