SNOOP LION, DJ OG-ONE
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) At first I thought the Roseland was branching out from its usual acts, bringing in, for anyone to gawk at, a very nosy wild animal named Snoop Lion. Then they told me that's the new name of a 1990s rapper who embraced Rastafarianism, the one religion in the world that lets him smoke as much pot as he likes! DENIS C. THERIAULT
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) This is where I am supposed to tell you about Whirr. But I don't think I'm going to. I'm not sure I should. You see, the Bay Area band weaves such a dense curtain of classic shoegaze, a peek behind the scenes is not only unnecessary, but would also illuminate too much; I'm not going to undermine Whirr's mood and mystery. Rest assured: The band's 2013 mini-album Around is an impressive exercise in slow-building crescendo, with four songs that ride gentle, chiming guitars into a hazy heaven of warm riffs and smeared vocals. It might even make you put down that new My Bloody Valentine album you were so excited about last winter, at least for a little bit. BEN SALMON
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