VIN BLANC/WHITE WINE, YOUR RIVAL, WILD ONES
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Joe Haege of 31Knots/Tu Fawning notoriety returns with his sophomore LP under the nom de plume Vin Blanc. Returning to visit Portland following his departure to Los Angeles last year, Haege's singular bizarre midi-punk maelstrom is on full display throughout In Every Way but One, giving spotlight to the less post-punky elements employed in his revered 31Knots, and more of the beat-heavy meditations on Tu Fawning's excellent A Monument. Guitars are sparse tinsel on In Every Way, but Haege has the tendency to make the most out of very little (case in point: the invading presence of "I'm Here"), and is easily one of the more engaging performers to rep Portland in the last 20 years. Vin Blanc's new LP is given a proper release tonight via Party Damage Records. RYAN J. PRADO
HOT VICTORY, LOZEN, QUI
(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) Forget your strummy guitars and dum-dum singers and tootle-y flutes. Hot Victory has two drummers, and that's all Hot Victory needs. Creating a booming, percussive ruckus over apocalyptic synthscapes, Caitlin Love and Ben Stoller's weird, wild, 100 percent badass music is unlike anything you've ever heard. NED LANNAMANN
SON VOLT, COLONEL FORD
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Son Volt—along with bands like Whiskeytown and the Old 97's—got scooped up by major labels in the late '90s in the hopes that alt-country would be the next grunge. Of course, Jay Farrar formed Son Volt after the breakup of Uncle Tupelo in 1994 (which also sent Jeff Tweedy on to Wilco). After releasing a handful of rootsy rock records, Son Volt went on hiatus, making a return in 2005. By all accounts, Farrar never missed a beat, and Son Volt has since released three more albums, including 2013's genuinely twangy, easygoing Honky Tonk. Alt-country as a name is all but dead, but most of these bands have persevered in one form or another. Tonight, you get one of the best. MARK LORE
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