PATAHA HISS, HELVETIA, FIELD TRIPS
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Read our article on Helvetia.
NORAH JONES, CORY CHISEL AND THE WANDERING SONS
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) During the early 2000s, there was a law requiring all coffee shops to play Come Away with Me at least four times a day. As a 23-year-old, I somehow didn't relate to a peer who was singing torch songs for the golf-and-macchiato set. So when I gave up slinging coffee, I also gave up listening to Norah Jones. Right up until June, that is, when I saw her stunning turn in Ted—she plays the titular alcoholic teddy bear's ex. Maybe she doesn't take herself so seriously after all. Her latest, Little Broken Hearts, had been getting rave reviews, so I gave it a listen and found that, no, she's still awfully serious. Except that on this, her fifth album, Jones has made something dark and tragic and distorted and, finally, age appropriate. Her second collaboration with Danger Mouse (after last year's Rome) is a noir meditation on heartbreak, as stylish as it is sincere. REBECCA WILSON
EXPERIMENTAL NOISE FEST: DANIEL MENCHE, JOHN WIESE, THE RITA, BLACK AIR, BLUE SABBATH BLACK CHEER, KAKERLAK, RUSALKA, OKHA, SCARD
(Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) "Can you please stop talking?" comes from my right, and I turn to find a girl my age smiling seriously as she walks away from me and my friend. We're drunk and stubborn in 2011, but when Daniel Menche takes the stage and the audience falls to crossed legs on the ground, we do shut up. After the performance washes over, talking is the one thing I can't do. It's no surprise: 20 years in the business of noise music have made the aural and visual fields of Menche's repertoire powerfully moving. In the Northwest, he's definitely one of the genre's chamberlains. Los Angeles' John Wiese is sure to be another highlight of the Experimental Noise Fest's first night—his sporadic factories of sound twist and breathe like an anti-melodic version of Venetian Snares, asking audiences that girl's same question through tense static. JONATHAN MAGDALENO
SEX WOUNDS, DUTY, GUSHER, HAUKSNESS
(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) If you've gone to shows at houses or dives during the past few years, you may have had the seemingly haphazard chance to catch a set by Hauksness. Although they've been playing intermittently, releasing music nonchalantly, and varying their lineup, the core of the project continues to burn brightly, and seems to be on the cusp of becoming a more steady presence. Some stellar recordings are available on their Bandcamp, including the Because Good Is Dumb EP released earlier this year, which features truly killer, deceivingly polished and instantly rapturing tracks like "Limey BP Fish Stix," marked by raspy lyrical delivery that intermingles with twisting guitars and frenetic drumming. The But Thou Must EP from 2010 contains such under-two-minute punk perfection as the anthemic "Primitive Arithmetic." A third EP is upcoming—if it's more of the same, I can't wait to hear it. MARANDA BISH
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