THAO AND THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN, ALBATROSS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.
WHITE LUNG, ARCTIC FLOWERS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) The three ladies and one dude that make up Vancouver, BC's White Lung emit thunderous, galloping noise that makes hairs stand on end. Go and hear 'em blast punk loudly into all your orifices—it's just the mid-week kick you need. NED LANNAMANN
COTTON JONES, MISSION SPOTLIGHT
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The musical journey Cotton Jones has taken since their 2009 LP, Paranoid Cocoon, is a surprising artistic evolution. The heavy-lidded psych-lite of that album seemed to set the table for a multi-course meal of similarly subtle vittles. With the release of 2010's Tall Hours in the Glowstream their penchant for repetition remained, but their tunes were boosted by Whitney McGraw's enchanting vocal presence and a peppy '60s rock 'n' roll mélange. Main vocalist/guitarist (as well as McGraw's husband) Michael Nau has found his voice further with the release of the 2011 EP, Sit Beside Your Vegetables, a volleying collection of downright catchy psych-pop. Perennial road dogs, the band's successful opening slot for 2012's Dr. Dog tour has likely served their live set nicely. So dig in, and leave the earplugs at home. RYAN J. PRADO
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