INTO THE WOODS' THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: NAOMI PUNK, LITANIC MASK, WL, FF, DJ ROM COM, MAGIC FADES
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) For their third anniversary, Portland's foremost music videographers Into the Woods have assembled an impressive lineup of cutting-edge bands to accompany their night of new video premieres: Litanic Mask, WL, and two rad bands from Seattle: the addled, euphoric garage-grunge of FF and the majestically damaged sludge-pop sounds of Naomi Punk. NED LANNAMANN
NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS, THE BROTHERS COMATOSE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Nicki Bluhm has received some attention over the past year, not for any recorded output so much as the "Van Sessions" (which amount to very well-executed sing-alongs shot between tour stops) she makes with her band the Gramblers. The clips have seen these country rockers cover everyone from Funkadelic to Hall & Oates (their cover of "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" has received almost two million YouTube views). That said, these guys are true road warriors. NB&TG are Cripple Creek and Laurel Canyon wrapped into one, and vocalist Bluhm (whose husband, Tim, also plays with the Mother Hips) has become an electrifying frontwoman—whether she's onstage or behind the wheel. MARK LORE
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