MAY DAY MUSIC FEST: RED FANG, DOG SHREDDER, SONS OF HUNS
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) The Alhambra Theatre (formerly Mt. Tabor Theater) is celebrating Portland's great music scene with their five-day May Day Music Fest. And they're kicking it off tonight with much beloved heavy-duty rockers Red Fang, who may melt your face with awesomeness. Check out the entire fest lineup, which includes such greats as Sage Francis, Y la Bamba, Black Prairie, and more! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Also, read our article on the opening of Alhambra Theatre.
RL GRIME, NATHANIEL KNOWS, BENNYROX
(Whiskey Bar, 31 NW 1st) RL Grime is the "future-bass"/"trap"-producing alias of 22-year-old LA resident Henry Steinway, previously best known for his electro/house production as Clockwork. He's one of the pioneers of the "EDM" (ugh) co-opted version of the immensely popular Southern rap production sound marked by pitched 808 bass thumps, aggressive snare rolls/fills, and skittering, ratcheting hi-hats. Along with Wedidit collective partner Salva, RL Grime is responsible for one of the most popular "trap remixes" ever—that ubiquitous club version of Kanye West's "Mercy." While this all might sound unappealing to anyone too old to read R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, there should be enough '90s kids and #yolo types to pack out the Whiskey for one of this genre's biggest names. MIKE RAMOS