NAOMI PUNK, FORMICA MAN, ROSES, PAST DESIRES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) I don't have enough fingers to count the number of great punk- and '90s-guitar-rock-influenced bands pouring out of Olympia right now. Refreshingly, each band has its own unique take on this style, and there are few phoned-in throwbacks to be heard. Like many of their peers, Naomi Punk have managed to place themselves on the national radar. Brooklyn label Captured Tracks reissued the group's second album, The Feeling, last year. The explosions of guitar and crashing, rhythmic drumbeats on songs like "Burned Body" will drill their way into your head after a listen or two. That album is now a couple of years old, and the band has been working to evolve their sound drastically. Tonight's appearance is the perfect place for them to show just how far they've come. CHIPP TERWILLIGER Also see My, What a Busy Week!
HAVOK, WORLD OF LIES, KONG AT THE GATES, CHRONOLOGICAL INJUSTICE, WARKRANK
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) With 2011's Time Is Up, Havok set themselves apart from the faceless mass of throwback thrash metal bands that have popped up in the last several years. But they didn't do so by messing much with the template—they didn't set out to play the fastest or shred the hardest. Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer became thrash's Big Four because they also knew how to fashion a hook, and Havok has those in spades. There are still plenty of sick riffs and killer leads, but the brand-new Unnatural Selection succeeds because of the songwriting chops, maintaining a classic sound without sounding like a total retread. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, DEEP SEA DIVER
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) Looking back, it's fair to say Benjamin Gibbard had a solid 2003. That February, the Seattle singer/songwriter (in collaboration with Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello) released an album of chirpy electropop under the name the Postal Service that went on to become a surprise smash hit. Eight months later, Gibbard's primary vehicle, Death Cab for Cutie, put out its fourth album, Transatlanticism, which propelled the band to a major label and is considered by many to be its finest work. Ten years later, the music industry sees anniversaries as opportunities to squeeze more dollars out of an album, so Gibbard has been busy revisiting his past. He just wrapped up the first Postal Service tour in years, and on Saturday, he and his three fellow Death Cabbies will play Transatlanticism in its entirety at Edgefield. The only bummer: Assuming the band plays these songs in order, that means the title track—easily the best song on the album—can't take its traditional spot at the end of the setlist. BEN SALMON
CLUB CROOKS: DJ IZM, DEV FROM ABOVE, MR. MARCUS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) For those who adore the golden era of hiphop and shakin' 'til you're sore, don't miss the monthly Club Crooks dance night at Holocene. Tonight, DJs Izm, Dev from Above, and host Mr. Marcus will make the room shake and quake with bass-pumping, window-rattlin' jams from the classic days of the Baltimore/Philly/Jersey scene. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
CASUAL ENCOUNTERS: BIG BULLY, TYLER MORRISON, HIGH + TIGHT, CTRL_ALT_DLT, RODDIMUS
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) It's not everyday you find a celebrated house and techno producer/DJ who can also add singing to his roster of talents. This rarity, along with releases on some of the most influential electronic music labels in the world, distinguishes Big Bully (AKA Dawson Baca) in a most interesting way. His smooth and sexy beats are funky enough to make you move without realizing it. Add a live vocal performance to his DJ skills—if you put Keith Sweat and Prince together, you might come up with a creature who croons a bit like Baca. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
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