THE BLOW, KISSES
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Did you miss the Blow at last month's Time-Based Art Festival? No worries, my pop-loving friend, they're back! Musician Khaela Maricich and cohort and visual artist Melissa Dyne are touring their groovy, dancey creations to the ever-lovin' masses on the heels of their new self-titled album. This news most certainly does not blow. COURTNEY FERGUSON
APPENDIXES, THE COMETTES, VICE DEVICE, INDUSTRIAL PARK
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The two dream whorls on Portland band Appendixes' new 7-inch are a study in contrasts: A-side "Four Leaf Clover" is a minor-key funeral procession, as stinging guitar notes pierce a cloudy veil before getting buried in a nebula of sound. Meanwhile, the major-key B-side and title track, "Neon Green Fear," is an absolute tsunami of beauty, like a sunset that shifts into various staggering arrangements of color, even as you can't actually see the changes occur. Appendixes celebrate the 7-inch's release with Seattle's Comettes, who have a glorious two-song release of their own: The Golden Blue EP is a tranquilly thumping potbelly stove of heartwarming melody, as guitars and one-two drumbeats wrap themselves around your ears like a knit cap. Industrial Park, meanwhile, are playing their last Portland show for the time being, as their drummer Nick Makanna is moving to the Bay Area later this month—catch them while you can. NED LANNAMANN
WAVVES, KING TUFF, JACUZZI BOYS
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) King Tuff, AKA Kyle Thomas, is the epitome of the garage-rock, stoney vibe that Burger Records has become known for. His three-piece band will always look like they're having more fun than you; it is apparent that they are truly doing what they love on stage. At one of their Pickathon performances this past summer, Tuff successfully got the crowd to call and respond, "Out! House!"—a reference to the fact that everyone was going to be using Honey Buckets all weekend. His antics are the cherry on top of a genuinely righteous performance that will remind you why you like rock 'n' roll in the first place. RACHEL MILBAUER
RED YARN, WILL HORNYAK, MAGGIE AND PATRICK LIND
(Village Ballroom, 700 NE Dekum) Andy Furgeson—formerly of Bark Hide and Horn, and currently of Scrimshander—moonlights, or make that daylights, as Red Yarn, in which he performs animal-themed adaptations of folk songs for children while wearing a beard made out of, you guessed it, red yarn. Puppets are involved, and it's altogether entirely delightful, as evidenced on Red Yarn's really good first album, The Deep Woods, the kind of kids' album to which mom and dad find themselves sneaking a listen on the sly. With a seven-piece band and guest puppeteers, Red Yarn celebrates the record's release for grownups tonight at the Waypost; meanwhile, families can go to the kid-friendly afternoon release show on Sunday at the Village Ballroom. NL
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