At Last! Saoirse Ronan Isn't Wasted!
(Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) How'd you like to be up close and personal in a tiny little music venue with the sheer gale force of Leonard Cohen's tenor howling into your eardrums. You can have that with King Dude. The Seattle musician's got a similar soulful, haunting voice, and a devilish bent that cuts to the quick. COURTNEY FERGUSON
DEAP VALLY, MYSTIC BRAVES, JJUUJJUU, CHARTS
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) The White Stripes and the Black Keys are most obvious and superficial reference points for any new guitar-and-drums duos, but Deap Vally doesn't exactly shy away from those comparisons. The twosome's Sistrionix is full of enough fuzzed-out, bluesy garage-rock licks that the similarities are hard to ignore. But while the two older bands eventually grew into that whole maturity thing, the women in Deap Vally are still all spit and snarl, which might seem a little at odds with the band bio nugget that says the members met in a crochet class. After the pair plays Portland, the band's next biographical curiosity comes next month: playing on a cruise ship with Lynyrd Skynyrd. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN
DIZZY WRIGHT, EMILIO ROJAS, FUTURISTIC, MYKE BOGAN
(Peter's Room at Roseland, 8 NW 6th) If you're sick of Bone Thugz-N-Harmony and have tired of your Kendrick Lamar albums, then it might be time to start listening to Dizzy Wright. Based out of Las Vegas, Wright has been rapping since he was eight, when his mom, a concert promoter, wrote rhymes for him. Wright's words present a unique approach to rap, touching on everything from spiritual philosophy to his early years in Flint, Michigan to balancing all of the obstacles in his life. Though showing roots in early '90s hiphop, his music pursues an ethereal, contemplative sound that current hiphop has been embracing. Wright's latest mixtape, The Golden Age, represents his sound and philosophy well: jazz-inspired songs, varied tempos, and messages revolving around his eternal quest for peace. ROSE FINN