SQUAREPUSHER, NATASHA KMETO
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Bitcrushing acid techno pioneer Squarepusher is playing a very rare live show in Portland tonight (and he's giving Seattle a miss on this tour, ha ha). His dizzying, warped beats are given mind-blowing treatment via intricate live visuals, so get ready for an assault on all the senses. NED LANNAMANN
ORCA TEAM, STILL CAVES, SURFS DRUGS
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Orca Team may just be the tightest, most beautiful-sounding (and looking) band I've seen play in a basement, and Valentine's seems a fine substitute for that. The once-Portland-based band is stopping through on their way back to Seattle from a national tour for their newest LP release Restraint. The album is immaculately written and produced, laced with deeply personal content and perspectives and yet still maintains the Orca Team beach-party vibes. I like to imagine it's the music that surf pop bands of the '60s would have made if they found themselves in the creative landscape of post-punk. ROCHELLE HUNTER
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