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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tonight in Music: Glenn Waco, Weedeater/Stoneburner, Jack Name & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 10:16 AM


HUNGRY HUNGRY HIP HOP: STEWART VILLAIN, MAZE KOROMA, GLENN WACO, MILC
(Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N Mississippi) Tonight marks the first time the free monthly hiphop showcase Hungry Hungry Hip Hop is hosted by Milc of Load B, as event founder Mighty Misc recently relocated to Michigan. This month's bill is an exceptionally strong one, featuring 22-year-old North Portland native Glenn Waco. Waco's latest release, the ambitious 17-track mixtape NorthBound, has recently been getting a lot of well-deserved attention around town; it was easily my favorite recording of 2013, including releases from national artists, so believe the hype. Waco joins North Portland peers and collaborators Vinnie DeWayne and Mic Capes in a new movement of young rappers who blur the lines between street and conscious rap, culminating in a style all their own. Maze Koroma (of the Renaissance Coalition) brings a slightly more psychedelic slant to that same theme, as featured on his latest solo release, Yoshi Breeze. RYAN FEIGH


WEEDEATER, STONEBURNER, HONDURAN, USNEA
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) If crusty, sludgy, debauched, THC-fueled metal is your thing, then Weedeater's your fix. The North Carolina trio is playing its first Portland show since July, and like last time, there isn't a new album or anything to promote—not that there's anything wrong with that. To paraphrase Marlo from The Wire, an excess of Weedeater shows is one of those good problems. This time they're complemented by local heavyweights Stoneburner, whose own grizzled sludge-metal is well worth the price of admission in its own right and whose next album, Life Drawing, is slated for release later this year on Neurosis' Neurot Recordings. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN


DENT MAY, JACK NAME
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) If you're a purveyor of loveable lo-fi post-glam rock, you couldn't ask for a better résumé builder than time spent as a guitarist for White Fence. John Webster Johns has that, and his great debut album, Light Show—released under the just-as-great appellation Jack Name—is a totally bizarre monster mash of Rocky Horror prom pop, with sinuous sensuality and both grit and glitter under the fingernails. "Born to Lose" might already lay claim as the best song released thus far in this short year; "Pure Terror" is the ultimate soundtrack to your next intergalactic joyride. There's supposedly a post-apocalyptic sci-fi story tucked within Light Show's layers, but there's no need to get bogged down into its Ziggy Stardust-isms on the first few listens, as you're guaranteed to give it plenty more. NED LANNAMANN


MODERN KIN, YOUNG VIENNA
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) After marinating in a Northeast Portland rehearsal space for the better part of a year, fine-tuning a well-armed rock 'n' roll menagerie, Young Vienna are stepping out for their very first live gig with a whole lot of buzz. Showcasing sugar-sweet vocals against smart cuts of indie-pop giddiness, the band's debut album is currently under construction, helmed by band member/engineer-about-town Rian Lewis (Crosstide, Backside Disaster). The band is so new, in fact, that only a quick three-song recording is available online, but promising aural alcoves are evident already. Coupled with the recently morphed incarnation of Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives, Modern Kin, and this Sunday's Rontoms session just got real. RYAN J. PRADO


GOTHAM A GO-GO: BATMANIA, DJ GREGARIOUS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) For those who love the swinging '60s style, don't miss the second annual Gotham a Go-Go—a hilariously fun and dancey tribute to the campiest of all Batman series (the one with Adam West!). Batmania (featuring members of Guantanamo Baywatch and the Lordy Lords) and DJ Gregarious will provide the appropriate crime fighting go-go music—plus there will be a costume contest for you Jokers out there. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY

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