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Friday, January 17, 2014

Tonight in Music: Genders/the Comettes, Pwrhaus, D.R.I. & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM


GENDERS, HOLIDAY FRIENDS, THE COMETTES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) With the stormy, stunning rock of Portland's own Genders at the top of the bill, you're already in great shape. Throw in the cheery, glowy jams of Astoria's Holiday Friends and the stately, slow-crashing surf of Seattle's the Comettes, and you'll be kicking off the weekend in the best possible way. NED LANNAMANN


PWRHAUS, US LIGHTS, CORONATION, DJ ALWAYS READY
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) With a flair for the epic and an ear cupped toward the sentimentality of '50s rock 'n' soul, Portland's Pwrhaus have claimed their very own creative corner. At eight members strong, the sheer size of the band is imposing; their capacity for capturing moods within strong songwriting that utilizes chamber and baroque sensibilities is a bit of an anomaly for the bar/club set, but the band has steadily transcended their outsider status to bigger stages, including a fantastic set at last year's PDX Pop Now! The band's new self-titled record is a fantastic, dream-like undertaking, melding the velvety vocals of frontman/guitarist/pianist Tonality Star with a wall of foggy, mildly dark instrumentation. There probably isn't one bad song on the record, and in the live setting, the band's attention to the same intricacies it hones in the studio remains present. That translates to good, good things. RYAN J. PRADO


D.R.I., WORLD OF LIES, VULTURES IN THE SKY, ROADKILL CARNIVORE, WARKRANK
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) There was a time when punk and metal didn't coexist peacefully. Sure, you had your Motörheads that everyone could agree on, but for the most part, thrash and hardcore developed not just independent of each other, but at odds with one another. Somewhere down the line, the punks started messing around with metal riffs and getting heavier. Then, Houston's D.R.I. released Crossover in 1987, which gave the sound a label: crossover thrash. It's still as good a Rosetta Stone for the genre as has ever been released, and the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles are still grinding it out well into their third decade. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN


M.A.R.C., DRAMADY, NEEDLES AND PIZZA
(The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard) Dramady and Needles and Pizza are both duos able to create music that sounds much larger than the sum of its parts. The rock songs on Needles and Pizza's debut cassette release Soft Opening are built on the drumming and synth loops of Carl Sherman (AKA Pizza) into the bass riffs of Elena Kettwig (that's Needles). Combined, the two create swirling, in-your-face grooves while tackling vocal duties together. Their lyrical subjects range from a tribute to dog-turned-basketball star Air Bud, to the trials and tribulations of concealing a NuvaRing from a guy named Frank. Amanda Mason Wiles and Zacery Quintin Stanley of Dramady ensure the fun doesn't end there. With Stanley behind both drums and keyboard, and Wiles adding bass lines and saxophone, they craft sprawling pop songs on their recent album Answer Only to the Sea. The duo's ability to recreate these full recordings in a live setting demands to be seen. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

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