CORIN TUCKER BAND, HOUNDSTOOTH
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on the Corin Tucker Band.
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Read our article on Rodriguez.
KENDRICK LAMAR, AB-SOUL, JAY ROCK, STALLEY, FLY UNION
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) We all know that Kendrick Lamar is easily the best thang smokin' right now, and sure enough, this show is sold out. Everything K-Dot's leaked in the last few—"Swimming Pools," "Westside, Right on Time," and the C-Breezy-type-slapping, Just Blaze-laced "Compton"—have all been hottest fire. From what I recall of his 2011 set at Seattle's Bumbershoot, Lamar's a dope, personable performer, too... except for that moment when he told a young girl in the audience that her name was "Tammy"—as in his Section.80 cut "Tammy's Song (Her Evils)," which is about a pair of women victimized by men—without a trace of irony (hiphop is good for this). A minor gripe, but one that stuck with me. Anyway, his Top Dawg Entertainment/Black Hippy dudes Jay Rock and Ab-Soul are opening, so this is a sure thing. (If you're wondering where Schoolboy Q is, well, just wait a week.) LARRY MIZELL JR.
DÉJÀ VU: WHITE RAINBOW, YACHT,
DJ TAH REI
(The Spot, 2401 N Harding) Capping off a week of design-related festivities is shoe store/party maker Solestruck's DÉjÀ Vu, celebrating the one-year anniversary of their location with fashion from near and far (Hello Eliza, Degen, Stolen Girlfriends Club), a jewelry installation, plus live music from ass-kickers YACHT and White Rainbow, followed by an afterparty at Dig a Pony. MARJORIE SKINNER
WRECKLESS ERIC AND AMY RIGBY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Wreckless Eric (Goulden) watched fellow Stiff Records stiffs Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Ian Dury explode while he was left writhing in comparative obscurity, but he's arguably just as noteworthy. The songwriter's first two records are some of the greatest, most forthright pop-rock records to hail from the New Wave period, particularly the single "(I'd Go the) Whole Wide World," which comes freakishly close to pop perfection. His new collaboration with wife—and formidable songwriter in her own right—Amy Rigby, A Working Museum, is an expectedly exquisite product. Magnificent opener "A Darker Shade of Brown" and suitably great follow-up "Days of Jack and Jill" recall the best and most obvious aspects of Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and the Kinks' post-Village Green, pre-Preservation years, but the real highlight is the buried, jangling, Byrds-y jewel "Rebel Girl Rebel Girl," which to these ears sounds better than most Roger McGuinn originals. MORGAN TROPER
THE HARVEY GIRLS, WOW & FLUTTER,
(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) For their new album, Sidereal Time, the Harvey Girls made apparent use of a 20-dollar guitar, which seamlessly augmented their veritable arsenal of sounds—strings, saw, banjo, and a Turkish thing called a saz also feature on the record. Recorded chiefly by husband-and-wife duo Hiram Lucke and Melissa Rodenbeek, it continues the Harvey Girls' string of lovely, weird psych-pop, shrugging off any easy reference point (the group cites baroque pop, bluegrass, and early Disney soundtracks as touchstones, but nothing on Sidereal Time really sounds like any of those). Lucke has added a rhythm section to the Harvey Girls—Rodenbeek is not part of the live band—which gives their oddball, naturalistic folk a more muscular, progressive tint. NED LANNAMANN
PONY VILLAGE, PALISADES,
RUBEDO, THE HOOT HOOTS
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) 20 Sided Records isn't dicking around with the pomp of their first compilation release. The San Francisco imprint is hosting a seven-day, multi-city bash in celebration of End of Days, a collection of most of the label's fledgling lineup, with stops up and down the West Coast. The sixth day comes to Kelly's Olympian armed with label stalwarts Rubedo, an epically ambitious sort of pop-rock trio from Denver. 20 Sided's comp represents as alchemic a slice of sonic pop you could ask for from a label raised on the wizardly foundations of D&D—possibly peaking with Animal Eyes' plaintive "Goat Chasing," a solemn tune representing just one of the Portland contingents of 20 Sided's roster. Other PDX reps include Pony Village ("Heart Failure"), whose tight arrangements and flair for hypnotic guitar interplay are also being featured for the release. RYAN J. PRADO
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