LUCIUS, YOU WON'T
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Lucius.
QUILT, BIG HAUNT, ETERNAL TAPESTRY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Quilt is a fitting name for the Boston trio, as they knit, sew, and crochet American musical styles from the past five decades into some fantastically colorful and trippy pop songs. In addition to the jangly guitars and semi-lucid arrangements are the eternally haunting and beautiful harmonies of members John Andrews, Anna Rochinski, and Shane Butler—these kids sound like they're California dreamin' in Beantown. Quilt's music takes on a dreamlike state, particularly over the course of the 13 songs on their great new album Held in Splendor. There are a lot of bands these days that consider themselves "psych," but Quilt is genuinely great, druggy music. Pick a chemical, and choose your own adventure. MARK LORE Also read our article on Big Haunt.
PREFORT: BRAINSTORM, THANKS, HOLIDAY FRIENDS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Boise's Treefort Music Fest is a grand ol' time, but if you can't make the mid-March trek to Idaho, don't miss Prefort!, a kick-off party with great Oregon bands—Brainstorm, Thanks, and Holiday Friends—and the kind of communal, pioneering Northwest spirit that has quickly made Treefort one of the highlights of the year. NED LANNAMANN
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE, SWORN IN, SHAI HULUD, SIRENS AND SAILORS, SUBTLE CITY, CENSURE
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) For Shai Hulud's fourth full-length, Reach Beyond the Sun, the seminal hardcore band tapped former vocalist Chad Gilbert—who'd been in the band as a teenager before going on to found New Found Glory—to mark a return of sorts to their gruff roots. The Poughkeepsie, New York-by-way-of-Pompano Beach, Florida, group came to be during a time of transition for hardcore, as bassist/songwriter Matt Fox toed the line between a more melodic sonic rocket and the gang-vocal posi-core of his hXc past. Beginning with 2003's That Within Blood Ill-Tempered, the band ushered in an impressively pissed-off hybrid that would—whether they wanted to or not—influence a whole legion of musicians in what was later dubbed metalcore. Don't blame the watery depths of that subgenre on Shai Hulud, though. Their imprint on the underground scene remains solid. RYAN J. PRADO
ALTO!, SAD HORSE, MUZZY
(East End, 203 SE Grand) The trio known as Alto! has quietly become one of the most reliable combos in the city. The band, led by guitarist and former Sir Richard Bishop sideman Derek Monypeny, has done it by not relying solely on the rumble of their dual drummers, but by embracing the use of field recordings, electronics, and well-placed moments of silence to give their rhythm-heavy moments impact. They're joined tonight by Muzzy, a duo of a similar, though slightly more manic, flavor. Erstwhile solo artist Matt Palenske bashes his table of keyboards and assorted gadgetry up against the thrashed-up drumming of Dan McCoy, kicking out Hella/Boredoms-styled sparks in their collective wake. ROBERT HAM