WINDHAND, BELL WITCH, IONOPHORE, STONEBURNER
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) Read our article on Windhand.
WOODS, THE FRESH AND ONLYS, THE WOOLEN MEN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Before they head down to Big Sur for their annual Woodsist music festival, New York folk-psych band Woods hits Portland, bringing their jingle-jangling live show, along with some fellow Woodsist fest-ers: Bay Area garage rockers the Fresh and Onlys. Plus, the Woolen Men. NED LANNAMANN
HAVANIA WHAAL, MISTER TANG, THE MISHAPS
(Tube, 18 NW 3rd) Local trio Havania Whaal have been playing loud and poppy garage rock on drums, bass, and mandolin guitar for more than a year now. Tonight the band celebrates the release of Chteau de Chienne, their noisy and fuzzed-out 10-track cassette album. The release is packed with all the rollicking energy you might expect from a lo-fi rock band, but it's the underlying current of sweeter pop elements on a song like "My Dude" that manage to cling tightly to your brain. "Teen Guilt" sees both sides of this sound collide. The track lulls you in, building ever so slightly for two minutes, then completely shifts gears and explodes with driving rhythm and bloodcurdling shrieks and shouts from every angle. If the music video for Havania Whaal's "Foine" is any indication of how this band parties, tonight could very well end up escalating into a real shit show. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
BOSNIAN RAINBOWS, AAN
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Over the past decade or so, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has released, under his own name, a flood of EPs and full-length albums that are as eclectic as they are eccentric. (This is not counting his work with the Mars Volta.) It's great stuff, most of it, but it can sometimes come off as an exercise in self-indulgence. His latest project, Bosnian Rainbows, is quite the opposite, a band in the truest sense. In fact, unless you were told, you might not even know Rodriguez-Lopez was in the band. His wiry guitar and prog arrangements are replaced with sinewy synths and simpler pop structures. Teri Gender Bender (of Le Butcherettes) takes the lead, adding sass and sensuality to these moody nü-wavers, including "Turtle Neck," which might be one of the best songs of 2013. MARK LORE
CURREN$Y, AHS, GUTTER FAMILY, E ROC THE ROC-IT MAN
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) New Orleans' Curren$y is (1) one of the best modern-day rappers with a dollar sign in their name and (2) at least partly responsible for making weed rap as insanely popular as it's become since his 2009 release, This Ain't No Mixtape, a step outside his previous No Limit/Young Money comfort zone. With a drawl that's relaxed by the herb but somehow never lazy, and an ear for jazzy, sample-based beats that never sound outdated, Curren$y's music is the audio equivalent of being extremely stoned in an expensive foreign car, perhaps with "Arizona grape in the cup holder." While weed rappers' live performances can be hit-or-miss, a chance to hear some new material from Spitta's upcoming Pilot Talk III may be reason enough to head to this show. MIKE RAMOS
HUMAN EYE, SEX, LITTLE PILGRIMS
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Human Eye play post-apocalyptic proto-garage from Detroit. They're led by Timmy Vulgar, formerly of the Clone Defects. Word is they don't get out much. But when they do, Human Eye bring the Motor City with them—not only the raw, driving, destitute sounds of the industrial Midwest, but also its gnarled, post-industrial, bloodshot eyes. This is confrontational shit. It's loud, screeching, and proudly unrefined. It's spit and beer and an intellect sharpened by concrete and mud. Along with Human Eye are Sex, a new project from Hart Gledhill (formerly of the Hunches) and Rod Meyer (of Eat Skull). No word as to what Sex sound like, or if they've even rehearsed. Gledhill, however, became animated—and agitated—when describing Human Eye. "Just talk about the urgency of getting your pizza on time from Domino's delivery drivers from Detroit, and RoboCop," he said, as if the implications were obvious. "Domino's is from Detroit," he explained. "Drivers were killed. Tim [of Human Eye]delivered for them. Do I need to explain RoboCop as well?" ANDREW R TONRY
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