TOWERS, ORDER OF THE GASH, LEFT BLANK, DJ BOOZE CRUIZE
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Bassist Rick Duncan and drummer Darryl Swan have been making music together for almost nine years—first as members of the Troglodytes, and, since 2009, as the rage-driven Towers. That shared history is what makes the duo's upcoming album II (out February 11 on Eolian Empire) so brutal and intense. The sludgy sci-fi metal works beautifully, letting the low-end attack of their bass-and-drums sound crack open your skull so as to more easily inject Duncan's rasping vocals and warped noise. The combined effect recalls fellow heavy rock explorers like Melvins and Voivod, and could potentially do your head in, Scanners-style. ROBERT HAM
AND AND AND, BRITE LINES, TIBURONES
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Brite Lines offers folksy, sincere tunes embroidered with references to "sparrow friends" and ghosts, Tiburones means "sharks," and And And And are all animals (not strictly true). So attending tonight's excellent show sets you squarely on a path toward plucky adventure and derring-do. Please don't bring a sword. DIRK VANDERHART
ANARCHY IN LITTLE BEIRUT: THE THORNES, WHISKEY DICKERS, ROTTIES, THE EX-GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, & MORE
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) In just under an hour, the new Anarchy in Little Beirut compilation CD crams 21 of Portland's brashest, snarliest, snappiest punk bands into a definitive snapshot of the current state of PDX punk. (Spoiler: The state is fast, loud, rip-snorting, and surprisingly diverse.) The tracklist runs the gamut from local legends to young upstarts—Hammered Grunts, Don't, the Cry!, and the Ex-Girlfriends Club are just some of the many names on the back cover—and tonight 10 of those bands celebrate the CD's lurching, ear-damaging release into this world. Best of all, the $7 cover charge lands you a free copy of Anarchy in Little Beirut to take home. NED LANNAMANN
GABRIEL SALOMAN, VALET, BEAST, ETHERNET
(Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta) Unlike Pete Swanson, his former counterpart in Yellow Swans, Gabriel Saloman's work in the years since that band's split has become quieter and cleaner, but is still as powerful as ever. And the music he is composing now is unapologetically political. Most recently it's come in the form of Soldier's Requiem, a 2013 release whose tracks were originally composed to accompany an anti-war expression choreographed by a Vancouver, BC-based dance company. Its four pieces each devastate in their own way, whether it's through the pound of a martial drumbeat or, on the haunting "Boots on the Ground," guitar melodies accompanied by the simple sound of rainfall that are interrupted by more percussion racket and heavy drones. RH
THE CALEB KLAUDER COUNTRY BAND
(Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta) There's been no shortage of love for the Caleb Klauder Country Band in these pages, but don't expect that to end anytime soon. That's because the tight, twanging ensemble is simply one of the best live bands in Portland—and one of the best country bands in the country, for that matter. Tonight they sidle across Northeast Portland from their usual haunt at the Spare Room to the handsome new showroom in the refurbished Alberta Street Pub. Expect the place to be packed to the gills, as it's a completely free show, and expect the floor to proudly earn some new boot scuffs, as there is absolutely zero chance people will be standing still. Bring a date or don't, but if you still haven't seen Klauder & Co. in action, you're missing one of the best nights of the year. NL
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