BLACK MARBLE, BELLICOSE MINDS, DEAD CULT, SHADOW HOUSE
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Black Marble's musical backbone is exacting synth, with vocals that convey something dark and dreamy. Imagine, if you will (oh, you will), a man with an exceptionally low but beautiful voice. It's very dark, and for some reason he's inside of an old toy store, drunk. Rows and rows of windup toys make persistent beats in unison—little bears, dolls, and soldiers click and ting, playing their instruments with factory precision. As the melancholic crooner slowly weaves through the toy displays, his voice echoes around the room, creating a blissful numbness. Now snap out of it! EMILY NOKES
BUKE AND GASE, AHLEUCHATISTAS, INCREDIBLE YACHT CONTROL
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The first time I saw Buke and Gase, I made the serious mistake of writing them off as a novelty instrument act, one that was mysteriously opening for Mission of Burma. As I recall, Mission of Burma went through some motions and played some music. They didn't seem to care, and neither did I—because by then, Buke and Gase had made the show and stolen my heart. Their strange instruments ("buke" = baritone ukulele; "gase" = guitar-bass thingy) are homemade, but there's nothing silly about them. As challenging as they are enjoyable, Buke and Gase ride the line between arm's-length intellectualism and dynamic chamber punk, with Arone Dyer's stunning voice to keep things tethered halfway to the earth. This is a band that's agile and constantly innovating, evidenced by the fact that their fantastic new album General Dome sounds nothing like the first. REBECCA WILSON
HOT 8 BRASS BAND, MANIMALHOUSE
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) One of New Orleans' all-time great brass bands, the Hot 8 Brass Band combines jazz, marching band music, hiphop, and that indefinable Crescent City swagger. This is the authentic real deal and it demands to be seen live, so get down to Dante's and join the second line. NED LANNAMANN
ILLMACULATE, ONLYONE, V. DEWAYNE, 9DM, BIGG K, COOL NUTZ
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Paying homage to the greatest cinematic triumph of the 21st century—that immortal masterpiece, Tron: Legacy—the sequel to Lawz Spoken's 2010 collaboration with OnlyOne, Chron, is aptly titled Chron Legacy. Only this one is billed to "Illmaculate & Lawz Spoken, co-starring OnlyOne" (OnlyOne in this case presumably being Hologram Jeff Bridges). Tonight's the release show for Chron Legacy, and it will see Illmaculate and OnlyOne performing conventional sets, although one can hope they'll also take some time for some of the battle raps that made them names in the Portland hiphop community. Lawz Spoken—AKA Mstr Cntrl, which I assume is meant to be said aloud as "Mister Cantrell"—is not on the bill tonight, which means we shall have to impatiently wait until his return in Chron 3: Live Free or Chron Harder. NL
111TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: AND AND AND, THE WE SHARED MILK, OLD AGE, FANNO CREEK, PONY VILLAGE, THE MORALS, DONOVAN BREAKWATER, BEYOND VERONICA
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) When you're 111 fucking years old, even if you're just a bar, you're allowed to make a big deal out of your birthday. Kelly's Olympian is bringing in 15 different bands for a two-day party marking the milestone. (It's also the bar's 10th year under its current ownership, so there's that, too.) DENIS C. THERIAULT
SYSTEM AND STATION, BEACH PARTY
(O'Malley's Saloon, 6535 SE Foster) System and Station have been doing it longer, and better, than just about any band in Portland. Their latest, self-titled full-length is their 10th studio recording, marking their 15th year together. System and Station is yet another impressively played and written collection of high-voltage rock, as we have come to expect from the Portland-via-Boise band. And while System and Station certainly offer some aural fireworks, for the most part they are content to function as a fully integrated team of immaculate craftsmen, letting the songs lead the way. There are tangled guitar showdowns in the vein of Built to Spill, manic pop crackups À la Modest Mouse, and in "Saturday Night Friends" even a bluesy stomp that will unquestionably please the Black Keys' bafflingly large fanbase. The real question is why System and Station still isn't one of the biggest bands in the Northwest; as they've proven time and again, they're absolutely one of the most consistent. This weekend's dual record-release shows tackle opposite ends of town, with Friday's show in North Portland rock temple the Kenton Club, and tonight's at SE Foster neighborhood dive O'Malley's. NL
TERROR, BANE, BACKTRACK, CODE ORANGE KIDS, YOUNG TURKS
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) A friend of mine was so impressed by a Code Orange Kids set that he called me immediately after it had ended just to rave about them. I guess I came off as disinterested, but realistically I was half-asleep. "I know you don't really like hardcore," I remember him saying condescendingly, "but you should really check them out regardless. There are aspects of it you might be able to appreciate." Connoisseurs of the genre, like my friend, tend to believe that anyone who doesn't live and breathe hardcore must just dismiss it all as machismo-fueled prattle. And it's true: I am sensitive. Moreover, hardcore is artistically irrelevant. But the reason I'm skeptical is because most of it just plain sucks. Code Orange Kids essentially fall into the "extremely stupid" category, but there actually are aspects of it I appreciate—specifically, the subtle Ritchie Blackmore appropriation and the fact that this youthful fury is being generated by real youth (the members are all technically—not just emotionally—teenagers). MORGAN TROPER
Tip for End Hits?
Email them here.
Get the best of the Mercury each week in your inbox!