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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tonight in Music: Cheyenne Mize, Grayskul, Overseas & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM


ADAM ARCURAGI, CHEYENNE MIZE, IAN JAMES
(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) Louisville songwriter Cheyenne Marie Mize first gained notice as a member of the band Arnett Hollow and with a collaborative 10-inch record of old-timey parlor songs she recorded with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, with whom she still performs. However, Mize has established herself as a formidable talent in her own right and could happily cross those references off her résumé if she wanted; her latest album, Among the Grey, is a superb collection of moody, folk-varnished rock, beginning with a pair of craggy, almost proggy thumpers (the title track and "Wait for It") and concluding with the gossamer, string-laden piano ballad "Wouldn't Go Back." She remains a shockingly under-examined talent, and the depth conveyed on Among the Grey is startling after the sunny strum-pop she displayed on 2011's just-as-wonderful We Don't Need EP. Clear some room on the record shelf for her entire catalog; Mize deserves to become one of your all-time favorites. NED LANNAMANN


GRAYSKUL, BAD HABITAT, GRAVES33, BAD TENANTS, DESTRO
(Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont) Tonight celebrates the latest full-length release from Grayskul, the Seattle duo made up of Onry Ozzborn and JFK from the Oldominion crew. Zenith racks up an impressive 18 tracks, with engineering by Portland's own Zebulon Dak. It kicks off with an extended shout-out from Wu-Tang's Raekwon, a somewhat unexpected cosign, considering the stylistic variance between the two camps. Longtime fans can rest easy, though; despite the intro, this isn't a departure into cocaine criminology raps. The subterranean diatribes for which Grayskul is known remain intact. Dark bars about scarecrows, school shootings, and social media are joined by guest appearances from recent tourmate Aesop Rock and sultry sounds from local singer Reva DeVito. Dystopia rules everything around me, dreams get it dunny, moody hoodie trill y'all. RYAN FEIGH


OVERSEAS, RADAR BROS, CHRIS BROKAW
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Convincing you to see Overseas tonight should be as simple as naming the individual members of the band: David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), and Matt and Bubba Kadane (Bedhead, the New Year). On the self-titled Overseas album that came out earlier this year, Bazan and Johnson's uniquely contradictory natures serve as excellent foils for each another—Bazan's fire-and-brimstone preacher remains tempered by regret and disillusionment, while Johnson's world-weary, whiskey-licked whisper can't quite conceal his inherent optimism and hope. Whether the bleak but solid Overseas will stand up to recent masterpieces like Bazan's Curse Your Branches or Centro-matic's Candidate Waltz remains to be seen, but I wouldn't count it out. NL


FALL INTO DARKNESS: AGALLOCH, BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS, BOTANIST, EIGHT BELLS
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Each year, the Fall into Darkness fest brings darkest metal, deepest psych, and bong-rattliest stoner rock to Portland's ears, and this year's four nights are no exception. Bands like Orange Goblin and Nik Turner's Hawkwind headline earlier in the week, but tonight, prepare thyself for Agalloch, the hometown heroes who make some of the darkest, most mysterious sounds around—nature metal firmly tied to the elements. NL


QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT, ZZZ, CAVE
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) When people travel to the Northwest all the way from New Orleans, Louisiana, you should do yourself a kindness and go and see them perform. Quintron and Miss Pussycat's hard-to-define brand of "swamp-tech"—their weirdo-electro-dance-rock-soul-boogie (that usually comes complete with a puppet show)—is in a nutty world of its own. They're the kind of band that can make sense in either an art museum or strip club. Oh, and did I mention there's a puppet show? KELLY O

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