VALIENT THORR, LORD DYING, RAMMING SPEED
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) It's a triple-scoop sundae of ass-kicking rock 'n' roll! Boston speed-demons Ramming Speed kick off the night with breakneck punk rock, then hometown heroes Lord Dying turn things heavy and bloody, and finally, Valient Thorr close things out with killer butt rock that's even sweeter than your brother's '79 Camaro. NED LANNAMANN
WL, FUR COATS, POLST
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Following the release of their debut cassette, Hold, and a well-received set at PDX Pop Now!, WL are steadily earning the larger audience they most certainly deserve. Already well into the recording of album number two—provisionally titled Light Years, named after the 1988 René Laloux film (also known as Gandahar) for which WL provided a live soundtrack last year—the Portland trio has mastered a remarkable range of styles and dynamics, from chainsaw-buzz shoegaze to water-drop Zen stillness. Their live show, too, is one of the best in town, propelled by Stevie Sparks' phenomenal drumwork and Misty Mary's unearthly spellbinder of a voice. Continue to expect great things. NL
COMA SERFS, CHARTS
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) The free Sunday shows at Rontoms are some of the city's best for scoping upcoming local acts. Increasingly, these new bands arrive swathed in fuzzy auras, swollen with feedback and deep-fried in oily vocals. Portland's Coma Serfs fit this mold handily, barking bratty vocals like "I don't wanna take it" in the spazzy garage-punk number "Closer" from their brand-new demo tape (available for preview on the band's Bandcamp). Drawing from the traditional wellspring of skuzzy surf guitar rock means any subtlety is sparse, but Coma Serfs make up for it with genuinely engaging blasts of psychedelic mindfucks that fans of locals like Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Still Caves will fall deeply in love with. RYAN J. PRADO
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