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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tonight in Music: Joey Bada$$, Redd Kross, Alt-J & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) In a rap scene where oafish repetition is increasingly rewarded, Joey Bada$$ is a welcome throwback to the lyrics-intensive hiphop of the '90s. The 18-year-old Brooklyn emcee has released just two mixtapes since last year, but has garnered enough well-earned hype you'd swear he's got a major release under his belt. It's coming, and this show is your preview. DIRK VANDERHART

(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) "Stay Away From Downtown," off Redd Kross' 2012 comeback album Researching the Blues, is one of the most killer earworms I've heard in years. Modern power pop doesn't get any better. The band has, for the most part, clung on to cult status, getting their start in the early '80s as a scrappy, rough-and-tumble punk band and evolving into the power-pop successors to Cheap Trick. Redd Kross' body of work is solid all the way through. And hearing the band hammering out classics like "Linda Blair" alongside newer material will demonstrate how good a band Redd Kross really is. MARK LORE

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) There are simultaneously urgent and calm forces in Alt-J's music. Straightforward, clean vocals give way to spiraling keyboard verses and rhythmic, quirky drumming. Their debut record, An Awesome Wave, took the UK and the rest of the music world with gale force last year, presenting an immediately catchy and distinctive sound. Harmonic lead vocals escalate into expansive choruses that break down in a flood of energy and dance-floor emotion. The beauty of Alt-J's music is its intuitive intricacies; the band knows when to withhold and when to give the audience everything it's got. RACHEL MILBAUER

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Nerve Beats are bringing their self-described situationist art punk all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, for a West Coast run and a handful of Portland-area shows. It's a homecoming visit of sorts for Travis Wiggins, the member of Nerve Beats who used to live in Portland and played in bands like Please Step Out of the Vehicle, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, and more. Tonight's show, the last of the Portland run, takes on an experimental lean; Nerve Beats are joined by the manic solo noise project Soup Purse and the rapid, thundering drums and guitar one-two punch of Mustaphamond. Nerve Beats' recent live album, Radio Action, has the three-piece romping through an energetic and jazzy blend of post-punk. It's an excellent live document that's lively and spastic, but also tight and focused. If it's any indication of the set they have lined up for tour, the group should find plenty of new followers during their short Portland residency. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Banana Stand Week is under way! The kids at the secret recording venue are releasing the second volume of the Live from the Banana Stand compilation with an entire week of incredible music shows, all free! They're also giving away 1,000 copies of the CD, and if you order a Lonesome's pizza during the week you can snag a free download! COURTNEY FERGUSON


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