STARS, JETS OVERHEAD
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Canada has given us so much over the years: maple syrup, rotary snowplows, and Stars (the band, not the burning ball of gas). With that angsty, sparsely populated sound we've come to expect from our Northern neighbors, the Toronto band produces hot jams akin to Broken Social Scene or Metric. So put on your good muff and come on out, eh? ROSE FINN
THOSE DARLINS, HEAVY CREAM, DON’T
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Dear whoever made Those Darlins and Heavy Cream tourmates: HELL TO THE YES, AND THANK YOU! These two Nashville bands (along with Atlanta’s Coathangers, Seattle’s Eighteen Individual Eyes, and Vancouver’s Nu Sensae) are helping to fill the void of tough female voices in a fickle modern world lousy with Lana Del Reys. Heavy Cream have a song called “Prison Shanks” that’s hard as steel and impossible to not to headbang to; and Those Darlins hit the garage-rock nail on the head with their new song, “Summer’s Dead.” Both of these songs are on a new split 7-inch that’s only available at the tour merch table. Also on the table: Those Darlins’ Screws Get Loose, produced by Scott Litt (R.E.M., Nirvana, Patti Smith) and Heavy Cream’s Super Treatment, produced by Ty Segall. KELLY O
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