OZARKS, LEISURE, PONY VILLAGE
(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) Read our article on Ozarks.
PEGASUS DREAM, AAN, FOREST PARK
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Pegasus Dream.
KZME FEST: BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, THE UPSIDEDOWN, 1776, BOO FROG, SLUTTY HEARTS, HAWKEYE, SHUT YOUR ANIMAL MOUTH, FANNO CREEK
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) As the quality and relevance of commercial radio continues to wane, local-focused alternatives like KZME rise from the ashes to support Portland culture. Airing no commercials and suffering no fools, KZME is the worthy beneficiary of tonight's performances from Fanno Creek, Hawkeye, the Upsidedown, and more. MARJORIE SKINNER
COCK BLOCK: MISS SHELRAWKA, MERCEDEZ, THE PERFECT CYN, MISS VIXEN
(Groove Suite, 433 NW 4th) A night devoted to raising the visibility of female electronic musicians and DJs, Cockblock has stayed true to purpose with riot grrrl style and pizzazz. The popular monthly is celebrating its one-year anniversary and shows no signs of easing up on the blistering bass and driving beats that have helped shape its stellar reputation as one of Portland's best electronic dance nights. Miss Vixen (Tracy Why), founder of the night, is characterized by a DJ style not far from what you would imagine Nine Inch Nails on acid to be like. Unapologetically dark techno that gracefully pays homage to elements of distorted industrial electronica leaves us wanting more of whatever she is giving. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
REVELATIONS OF DEATH FEST: GHOUL, WITCHAVEN, WEHRMACHT, SPEEDWOLF, WEREGOAT, LORD DYING
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) If the Revelations of Death Fest provides what its moniker claims, all bangers should cast their mortality aside and sign up for a pine box right now. Day one's lineup is guaranteed to send all in attendance screaming to Hell. Fast! The aptly named Speedwolf takes MotÖrhead-mean rock 'n' roll and straps jet engines to it. Their velocity won't just blow back your hair, it'll peel the skin from your face. The black-thrash assault of Witchaven will no doubt disembowel you, but it's cool because Portland's own Wehrmacht will have already replaced your insides with empty beer cans and fist-pumping, brain-mashing party thrash. Finally, Ghoul's anonymous Creepsylvanian splatterthrash will nail your coffin shut before you even have time to scream. Make sure you bring a friend to pry you out for another pummeling tomorrow. ARIS WALES
NATASHA KMETO, PLANTRAE, ADVENTURES! WITH MIGHT, SCISSORS TO TAPE
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Here's a night of local art and jams to make you forget about chamber folk altogether. Watching local indie-electro R&B artist Natasha Kmeto perform live is like watching someone perform brain surgery at a dance party. Bunkered behind a wall of keys, samplers, and reverb, she recreates her beats live, looping her sultry voice to create songs that she dubs "futuristic soul." Adventures! With Might play synth pop that's catchy, dark, sweaty, and grind-worthy, while electronic/classical fusion artist Plantrae will unearth a playful, viola-ridden improv set. If you make it in time for the openers Scissors to Tape, you will be delighted by the MIDI-controlled vintage table-lamp lightshow that accompanies their Figurine-esque, indie-electronic sound. ROCHELLE HUNTER
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