MIX IT UP FUCK IT UP RELEASE SHOW: LUNCH, TIGER HOUSE, FLESH LAWN, TINY KNIVES, BIG BLACK CLOUD
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Read our preview of the Mix It Up, Fuck It Up release show.
ENSLAVED, PALLBEARER, ROYALTHUNDER, ANCIENT VVISDOM
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) The metal magazines' and websites' 2012 best-of lists were all bursting with depressive doom bands. Taking it slow and heavy is all the rage these days, and Pallbearer is at the top of the heap. Their full-length debut, Sorrow and Extinction, is the perfect meld of tragic melodies and crawling sludge. Plus, the beautiful and decipherable vocals of Brett Campbell are a refreshing change of pace to the gurgling growls of other doom acts. And tonight, you'll be thanking the dark lord profusely for the sounds of Pallbearer, because you'll need that crushing doom to blast the diarrhetic shit that is Ancient Vvisdom out of your ears. If Staind and Creed were your bag back in the day, by all means, enjoy the acoustic jams of Vvisdom. But if you find an entire set of interludes and build-ups that lead to nothing useless, and you understand that two V's don't make a W, then you'll definitely want to turn your back to the suck. AW
HEART BEATS: NO KIND OF RIDER, SUCKER FOR LIGHTS, THE WILDISH
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) For more than five years, Vibe of Portland has helped fill the void caused by cuts in arts and music programs in elementary schools across the city. Through hands-on classes, taught by Portland artists and musicians, children have the opportunity to stack their chops learning the essentials of guitar, percussion, choir, illustration, and general art. But Vibe can't do any of that without your help. That's why tonight they're going all out to generate funds for their future phases, inviting Portland bands like No Kind of Rider, Sucker for Lights, and the Wildish along for the ride. Don't be a jerk; go, so your kids can grow up to be better at everything than we are. RYAN J. PRADO
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