SUCKERFORLIGHTS, WL, MIRA LOMA, SPACE WAVES
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) SuckerForLights is bringing back the old new-wave sound for us. Vocalist and synth player Olivia Voss and guitarist Bryan Brunt have been working on music together since 2007, but only officially put out the first EP last year. Their latest single, "To Love, We Swore" from their upcoming debut LP, is reminiscent of Cocteau Twins, with sweeping vocals, atmospheric synths, and understated guitar hooks. WL (pronounced Well) is the beautiful and mysterious project coming from Misty Mary, Michael Yun, and Steven Nistor (members of Blouse and Houndstooth). The nearly one-year-old demos on their Bandcamp and their recent resurgence of playing more frequently makes me wonder (hope) a full-length is on its way. ROCHELLE HUNTER
SPRAYPAINT, SAD HORSE, GUTTERS, LIGHT BRIGADE
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) I don't know what you're doing right now, but I bet Geoff Soule and Elizabeth Venable are having more fun than you. The two make up the giddy, sloppy, frantic, sorta-rock thing that is local band Sad Horse, and they've just released a new LP called Purple on Purple Makes Purple on the local Water Wing label. Bashing out 14 songs over 19 minutes, the pair shrieks, yells, and has mumbled conversations with each other as Venable's drums and Soule's snakelike guitar weave tight, undeniably catchy songs, each one feeling like a disorienting head rush. This is the kind of party where shit definitely gets broken, but there's a kindness underneath Sad Horse's mischief that indicates they'll probably stick around to help you clean up. NED LANNAMANN
OPEN MIKE EAGLE, CLOUDY OCTOBER, RAFAEL VIGILANTICS
(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) It's telling that Open Mike Eagle is a member of the venerable Project Blowed collective, as his expert level of lyricism and progressive art-rap style fits the group's ethos well. He adds his own distinct brand of melodic playfulness to the mix, which is not only uncommon in contemporary rap, but also downright refreshing. Rafael Vigilantics brings his genre-bending mix of punk, country, and hiphop, celebrating a welcome return to his home base of Portland. Tonight finds him performing his first local show in quite some time, following a long sojourn through South America, Mexico, and Texas. Cloudy October is similarly coming off a four-month hiatus of performing locally, although a recent art-gallery set proved he is currently at the top of his game as an extremely charismatic live performer. RYAN FEIGH
THE GOLDEN BEARS
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) Weeklong residencies at Al's Den give Portland's best bands a chance to make themselves at home. This week, the fantastic Golden Bears settle in for seven nights of psychedelic-tinged rock and pop. ALISON HALLETT
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