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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tonight in Music: Savages, Night Mechanic, Big Black Delta & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM


SAVAGES, DUKE GARWOOD
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Believe the hype: The girls in UK post-punk group Savages offer something snarling, seething, and stirring. Their first album, Silence Yourself, contains plenty of great moments, but Savages' live show is raking in the raves, so this is something you're gonna want to see in the flesh. NED LANNAMANN Read our article on Savages.


AND AND AND, SAMA DAMS, NIGHT MECHANIC
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Night Mechanic's second album, Working Late, was released back in April on AIO Records, and it's easily one of the better releases I've heard all year. How a band can overflow with this much energy and continue to fly under the radar is beyond me. The eight tracks contained on the album bounce and spring as they traverse power-pop and '90s guitar rock territory. The opening track, "Send in the Clowns" sets the stage for the rest of the album, as guitars tangle together; the band's penchant for crafting catchy, melodic, straight-up rocking tunes becomes quite clear just a few moments after hitting the play button. "Face Off" has singer/drummer Andre Coberly delivering vocals with an enthusiastic half-yelp that fans of And And And should be more than familiar with, so if you're already planning on catching tonight's headliners, arriving early will be in your best interest. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


BIG BLACK DELTA, ADVENTURE GALLEY
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) A side project from Mellowdrone's vocalist/bassist Jonathan Bates, Big Black Delta pursues the popular synth-indie sound everyone's jiving on these days, but with a little more flair and charisma. Though Bates is on a solo mission, he still manages to collaborate with other LA electro-suppliers like M83 and Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails. Through a haunting electronic veil, Bates' voice day-drinks with David Byrne and tangos with Ian Curtis by night. His songs range from melancholy with Molly Ringwald (who's singing at the Newmark this week) to partying with HBO's Girls. It seems as though Big Black Delta is music made by and for the synth-minded Generation Y: danceable, dark, and containing more sedimentary layers than what meets the ear. ROSE FINN


BUCK 65, OPEN MIKE EAGLE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Two decades into a career that's seen him morph from DJ/turntablist to literate indie-rap powerhouse to searching post-hiphop performance artist, Buck 65—the stickiest nom de musique of Nova Scotia's Rich Terfry, who's also recorded as Dirk Thornton and Stinkin' Rich—remains a great force for musical good. 1999's "The Centaur" will forever be hiphop's deepest big-dick brag, 2003's Talkin' Honky Blues is a start-to-finish killer, and everything the man's released since the turn of the century is worth your time. With no new Buck 65 product to be pushed, here's hoping tonight's show is the career retrospective Terfry deserves, in front of an adoring packed house. DAVID SCHMADER

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