MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS
(Moda Center, 1 Center Ct) Say what you will about Northwest breakout rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Their music is a game changer. Sure you might laugh with (and at) "Thrift Shop", while fist-pumping along with "Can't Hold Us"—but you cannot discount a pair who had a pro-gay rights ballad (the thoughtful "Same Love") playing on mainstream radio 15 times a day this summer. That's a big fucking deal. Pay your regards. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY
EARTHLESS, JOY, BILLIONS AND BILLIONS
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) On their first studio LP since 2007's Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky, San Diego psych-metal shredders Earthless have reemerged with a four-song scorcher. From the Ages is dominated by wah-wah guitar aerobics, spotlighting guitarist Isaiah Mitchell's inimitable chops, while simmering within the sort of long-form instrumental mania that's garnered the band a loyal following. When I say long-form, I mean it: The shortest song on the LP clocks in at 5:43, and the album ends with the unrealistically lengthy title track, which runs over 30 minutes. That's a tall order for even the most ardent showgoer, but within the brick bosom of Rotture, time can sometimes stand still. Just go easy on the hair-whips. RYAN J. PRADO
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