DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE WITH THE MAGIK*MAGIK ORCHESTRA, YOUTH LAGOON
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Ever wondered what one of the Northwest's biggest bands would sound like with an orchestra? Wonder no more! Death Cab for Cutie has enlisted San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra for this tour, sweetening those songs you know so well with stringy, horny, windy things. Don't miss openers Youth Lagoon, who had to cancel their first Portland show back in January. NED LANNAMANN
ORIGIN, CATTLE DECAPITATION, DECREPIT BIRTH, ABORTED, RINGS OF SATURN, BATTLECROSS, LOCULUS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Read our article on Cattle Decapitation.
ALCOHOLIC FAITH MISSION, YOU WON'T
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) On its face, the lively, literate and springy coffeeshop folk of Josh Arnoudse, singer of Boston's You Won't, would be worthwhile on its own. Existential musings and anti-consumer messages couple with stirring, unshakeable melodies. But then comes the rub—You Won't mash these lovely strummers with abrupt, cascading syncopation, startling shifts in tempo, and sudden, swirling instrumentation. Think the Tallest Man on Earth doing the verse and Dirty Projectors crashing in for the chorus. Of course, You Won't are a less precise, more shambolic, clattering outfit, but these characteristics underscore the impermanence they sing about. Indeed, there's not much out there like it. And while they may be buried on this particular bill, it's hard to imagine they will be for long. Hot damn, something good came out of Boston. Who knew? ANDREW R TONRY
LAZERCROTCH, SIMPLE, DOS.PUTIN, MICHAEL BRUCE, GULLS, CUTTER FILTOFF
(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) The stripped-down analog sound known as skweee is still finding its footing. Conveniently for the young genre, dubstep continues to spiral into an ever more ridiculous and chaotic circus, which leaves a nice little vacuum for something with a lot more breathing room. The current climate is not unlike what was going on in the early 2000s, when backlash against raging techno made way for minimal to fully revolutionize the electronic music scene. Should a similar scenario play out with skweee, we would be the first to know—there's a healthy interest in the genre here in Portland. Local producer Lazercrotch (John Murphy) runs a skweee label in town and is playing a record release show tonight as part of Portland's own (and the country's only) skweee monthly, Ausland Schläge. Apparently interest in the small genre is growing, as the lineup also features Simple from Detroit and DOS.putin from San Francisco. AVA HEGEDUS
PIGEON JOHN, TANYA MORGAN, PLAYDOUGH, COOKBOOK, THE MIGHTY MISC
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) It's telling that Cali emcee Pigeon John is a veteran of the legendary LA venue the Good Life CafÉ, where the early '90s found him crafting his unique style alongside then-up-and-coming acts the Pharcyde, Jurassic 5, and Abstract Rude. The track "So Gangster," off Pigeon John's 2010 album Dragon Slayer, features the hook "I feel so damn gangster," a claim he proceeds to back up with tales of watching a little squirrel, banging Depeche Mode, and smashing fools in Super Mario. Tanya Morgan is an equally inventive, deceptively named hiphop duo featuring Cincinnati rapper Donwill alongside Brooklyn emcee/producer Von Pea. Original member Ilyas left the group in 2011, but the core unit's most recent EP, You and What Army, is proof that their distinct brand of funky production and playful lyricism remains intact. RYAN FEIGH
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