THE BODY, THE NEW TRUST, LOW SKY
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) "An Altar or a Grave," from the Body's Thrill Jockey debut Christs, Redeemers, sums up pretty well what they're all about: Listen to it through headphones with the lights out, and you're sure to have dreams of nuclear annihilation, or at least, think you've gone insane (doesn't that sound like fun?). The two-piece of guitarist/vocalist Chip King and drummer/programmer Lee Buford have just relocated to the metal safe-haven of Portland, bringing with them their nightmarish soundscapes. Any respite—angelic choirs and string interludes—is typically obliterated by bludgeoning guitars and King screaming as if he's on fire. This may sound like heaven to some—as commandeered by Lucifer. MARK LORE
CLUB CHEMTRAIL: VJUAN ALLURE, SUGAR SHANE, MASSACOORAMAAN, SPF666, COMMUNE
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) Club Chemtrail is infusing downtown nightlife with dance music that serves those who veer away from fist-pumping and the obligatory wobble bass. Portland is burning tonight with the deep house of NYC's Vjuan Allure. Allure is represented by Diplo's Mad Decent label, proving that underground club music and the regional culture it signifies can be reappropriated in style and substance for the masses. In this case, the see-and-be-scene voyeurism and tongue-in-chic drag-glamour of vogueing will be both installation and performance tonight at the Rose Bar. Learn to read, drop to shack, and maybe even throw some shade in this primer to the East Coast's vibrant ballroom-nightclub life. WYATT SCHAFFNER
CRYSTAL STILTS, ZACHARY CALE, PICTORIALS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Crystal Stilts released their 2008 full-length debut Alight of Night at what could be seen as the crest of the music blogosphere. Needless to say, they became one of those bands whose names were tossed from one website to another, and who seemingly could do no wrong. Don't get me wrong, the Brooklyn four-piece deserved it—they are a great band—but sometimes that flavor-of-the-week status can spell doom. But Crystal Stilts are still around. And they're still good, blending Velvet Underground darkness with the shimmer of the Dunedin Sound. And their live shows are mesmerizing—supremely dark and jangly. ML
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