TORO Y MOI, SINKANE, DOG BITE
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Read our article on Toro y Moi.
RAKIM, COOL NUTZ, SLEEP, THE RUNDOWN
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Many have laid claim to the title "Greatest of All Time." It's been posthumously awarded to Biggie and LL Cool J had it tatted on his arm, but there is a large, vocal contingent that said the title has only ever belonged to one man, a man whose skills were so pure that he was simply called "God." Not a god—the God—the one true God of the mic Rakim Allah. By the time hiphop was even old enough to realize it had its own classics, Rakim had already written five of them. Tonight, accompanied by Portland Godfather of Hiphop Cool Nutz, the God takes the stage to demonstrate why any discussion of "the greatest" necessitates his inclusion. BOBBY ROBERTS
PIERCED ARROWS, GHOSTWRITER, FREEDOM CLUB, DJ KEN DIRTNAP
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Pierced Arrows spent a good part of 2012 on the road—probably more than most bands half their age. Of course, anyone here in the Pacific Northwest knows that rock 'n' roll courses deep in Fred and Toody Cole's veins. It comes out through their records and live performances, either as Pierced Arrows or that band's predecessor, Dead Moon. But the decades of rock 'n' roll romanticism run even deeper than the music: Life, love, survival—they're all wrapped into Pierced Arrows' meat-and-potatoes anthems. Anyone who still thinks rock 'n' roll is strictly a young man's or woman's game hasn't experienced a Pierced Arrows set. Remaining true to what you do will keep you forever young. MARK LORE
BLUES CONTROL, PLANKTON WAT, FANG MOON, DJ OWEN STOKES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The deceptively named Blues Control—Coopersburg, Pennsylvania-based Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse—have been refining their distinctively mutational take on rock, dub, and jazz over four albums. The murkily psychedelic excursions of Puff and Blues Control (both from 2007) have given way to more vividly hued recent full-lengths Local Flavor and Valley Tangents. What makes Blues Control's music stand out from their peers is Cho's gorgeous, expressive piano playing, which dances elegantly amid Waterhouse's often-discordant guitar riffs and dubwise abstractions. Blues Control blurs genres into a bitches' brew of transportational properties—even successfully moving into skewed new-age territory in collaboration with the legendary Laraaji on FRKWYS Vol. 8. DAVE SEGAL
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