WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, AND AND AND, GRANDPARENTS, SUMMER CANNIBALS
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Local bills don't get any better 'n this: Psych-stompers Wooden Indian Burial Ground and folk-anthem howlers And And And cap a stacked lineup, with the swirling psych-pop of Grandparents and the dark-edged glam of Summer Cannibals. Your Saturday night, done and done. NED LANNAMANN
TANGO ALPHA TANGO, MINDEN, VIOLET ISLE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) From the very first few bars of "Boom Boom," the opening track from Tango Alpha Tango's debut full-length, Black Cloud, two things are immediately apparent. First, songwriter Nathan Trueb's knack for capturing the grit of dirty desert blues is infectious. Secondly, this niche of authenticated blues-rock doesn't come off as cocky, like so many of its ilk; it just sounds fun, full of clichéd rock 'n' roll lyrics about getting high and lusting after women, and comes teeming with an arsenal of back-porch riffs and driving rhythms. Their magic, though, lies in their ability to shift gears into grimy psych on tracks like "Brahma Bull." On Black Cloud, Tango Alpha Tango is no one-trick pony. RYAN J. PRADO
LUBEC, LOST INTEGRITY, MODERN MARRIAGE, MOUNT MAZAMA
(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) Lubec's upcoming album, The Thrall, quickly found a place on my list of most-anticipated releases the moment I heard the preview track "Local Celebrity." There is something immediately infectious about the blending of jangly and distorted guitar noise with overlapping boy/girl vocals. It's a nice shoegaze-influenced twee pop song that sounds best at loud volumes. The band, originally hailing from Virginia, would have been right at home back east had they formed a few decades earlier. They bring to mind the early days of Slumberland Records and acts like Black Tambourine, Lilys, Velocity Girl, and the handful of other C86-influenced groups hailing from that fertile Washington, DC, scene of the early '90s. Luckily for us, Lubec have taken those roots and relocated to Portland, giving us plenty of chances to watch their new songs take shape live. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
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