BANANA STAND MEDIA COMPILATION RELEASE: GENDERS, BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, TANGO ALPHA TANGO, THE WOOLEN MEN, FANNO CREEK, THE ANGRY ORTS, SONS OF HUNS
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Read our article on Banana Stand Media.
THE THERMALS, CORIN TUCKER BAND, THE ROBINSONS, RADIATION CITY
(Rose Festival, Waterfront Park) What better way to send the Rose Festival off in style than to see the Thermals tear through a set at the Waterfront? Plus performances by the Corin Tucker Band, the Robinsons, and Radiation City, and it's looking like your weekend will end just fine. Now grab a funnel cake! COURTNEY FERGUSON
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, DUSTED
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) A Place to Bury Strangers has been called the loudest band in New York. Who's to argue? What makes that tag more interesting is the fact that the Brooklyn three-piece doesn't necessarily make music that's conducive to intense volume—they ain't Mötorhead. Never ones to play it straight, APtBS takes all the right bits of shoegaze, psychedelic, and post-punk, and shoves them through meat-grinder guitars. "You Are the One"—the first single from their latest LP, Worship—even tosses some krautrock on top. Like I said, it sounds like a band that is eclectic with flashes of elegance. And they are. Just make sure you have earplugs—and good dental. Their live show is guaranteed to rattle your fillings loose. MARK LORE
SONGS ON CONCEPTUAL ART: DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER, WHITE RAINBOW, SUN FOOT, CASPAR SONNET & MORE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Emboldened by the 1972 short film Baldessari Sings Lewitt, Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom forged a unique collaborative project on the new Songs on Conceptual Art compilation. The 35-song collection sees Sol Lewitt's landmark itemization of Sentences on Conceptual Art musically interpreted by 35 different bands, including Karl Blau, Dragging an Ox Through Water, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Spencer Moody, and more. What emerges is a striking dissertation of concept, whether bands borrowed the text verbatim for their compositions, or instead reacted to or simply ignored the text, allowing the power of the words to form the music. The official release show includes performances by nine of the 35 participating artists, all for just $5. Artistic enlightenment rarely comes cheaper. RYAN J. PRADO
JAPANTHER VS. NIGHTSHADE
(Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) Billed as a "shadow puppet punk rock micro-opera," The Revenge: Japanther vs. Night Shade sets the clever, high-concept puppetry of Night Shade against the rowdy art pop score of Japanther for three nights of intricate, avant-garde spectacle. ALISON HALLETT
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