DEATH SONGS, BARNA HOWARD, DJ ERIK MENTEER
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Death Songs shows off '60s-leaning pop-rock chops by way of frontman Nick Delffs' elemental, spirit-possessed songwriting, resulting in tunes that are both feel good and full of ghosts. The band isn't ever afraid to get their hands dirty, and their animated live shows are spectacular, tarnished things of beauty. NED LANNAMANN
BOOM!, ADULT BOOKS, DRINKING FLOWERS, SUPERSUN
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) On November 29 at Club 21, Boom! played their first local show in a good while, and tonight is your chance for sloppy seconds. Not that they've been idle. The punk-garage trio dropped a whole bunch of terrific new songs in the past few months—the juicy new Boom! Singles compilation tape just came out on Slop Bop Records, and the A-side of their recent 7-inch on Hovercraft, "High You Can't Buy," could be Boom!'s finest moment yet. It's a melodic piece of sticky fuzz that sounds gigantic at full blast, which is the required listening volume. For the full Boom! experience, though, get to this show and put your trembling earholes as close as possible to the source. Tonight's pre-Christmas throwdown will be the equivalent of a Red Ryder BB gun: You'll probably shoot something out, but that's not gonna make you want it any less. NED LANNAMANN
FOLDING SPACE: PILLOWTALK, CENTRIKAL, METRONOME, MICAH MCNELLY
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) On a mission to defy all genres, PillowTalk (Sammy D, Ryan Williams, and Michael Tello) combines classic R&B, boogie, underground house, and techno. The trio is reminiscent of a soul band dancing on the edge of a tropical funk storm. Songs laced with 808 house beats and Sammy D's luscious doo-wop croon make for very easy listening. 2012 has been a big year for the band, with releases on Visionquest, Wolf + Lamb, and Life and Death, with more yet to come. Steering this holiday pleasure cruise is Centrikal (Patrick Anthony Frye). The techno producer and DJ has releases on several labels, including Portland's very own SubSensory Records and Nude Photo Music, all of which showcase an affinity for Midwestern techno and Chicago house music that any aficionado is sure to appreciate. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
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