HAUSU, INDUSTRIAL PARK, CELLMATE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Like the terrifyingly brilliant bastard child of Hüsker Dü and Sonic Youth, Hausu have chiseled out a sound that is simultaneously sprawling and introspective, ambitious and despairing. With their excellent new album Total being backed up by a coast-to-coast tour starting this month, it's probably wise to go see them before we have to start sharing them with the rest of the country. ALEX ROSS Also, read our article on Hausu.
HOLOCENE TURNS 10: SHY GIRLS, MAGIC MOUTH, MINDEN, & MORE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) It's been 10 short years since Holocene opened its doors, and over the ensuing decade, the club has offered the best electronic music, indie rock bands, and dance nights in town. Help it celebrate double digits with two free, jam-packed nights of dance-ready music, the first of which features sexy jams by Shy Girls, Magic Mouth, and Minden. NED LANNAMANN
BIKE THIEF, DE LA WARR, RARE MONK
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) On Facebook, Bike Thief say they "officially formed" in January of this year, a claim that gives the enchanting impression that their debut release, the six-song Ghost of Providence, sprang forth spontaneously on January 1, a sonic New Year's miracle. Of course, music this good doesn't arise out of nowhere, or even in a hurry. With its five members and dozen auxiliary contributors, Bike Thief are no lo-fi garage band. The diversity of instruments and the eerie harmonies suggest the swelling chamber pop of more recent Loch Lomond albums. But there is something extra special and exciting here, because this is a first record, one that hints at any number of avenues for a follow-up: It could be an esoteric concept album, a noise rock opus, a folk opera. Ghost of Providence contains elements of all these things. In particular, the title tracks (pts. 1 and 2) hint at a darkness that could be taken to sinister depths. REBECCA WILSON