GOLDEN RETRIEVER, REGULAR MUSIC, ILYAS AHMED, PULSE EMITTER
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) You might not imagine that a 10-minute-long song composed of modular synth noises and the melodious bleats of a bass clarinet could be an engaging, emotionally walloping experience—but you'd be wrong. In the hands of talented and prolific local musicians Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff of Golden Retriever, these two instruments become tools for testing the capacities of sound, digging diligently at the unity and universality that may lie beneath. Recordings such as 2011's Arda Viraf blend composed and improvised efforts that offer film score-like opportunities to get wrapped up in, and become rapt to, the deceivingly simple effects of harmonic reverberation. This evening celebrates the national release of their latest, Occupied with the Unspoken, on Thrill Jockey. MARANDA BISH
THIS AND THAT FEST: EDNA VAZQUEZ, RITCHIE YOUNG & MORE
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) By all accounts, Edna Vazquez walked away with the lion's share of accolades from last weekend's PDX Pop Now! festival. The mariachi singer was an unfamiliar face to most of the rock- and pop-seeking hordes, although she's had numerous appearances on Spanish-language television, including SÁbado Gigante and Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento. With a passionately ripe take on the flowing, blood-filled ballads of mariachi and ranchera traditions, Vazquez proved that great music can cross all boundaries. She's part of tonight's This and That Fest, a literary and music event coordinated by Yeah. No. Totally. author Lisa Wells. NED LANNAMANN
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