SILENT DISCO PATIO PARTY
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) It's back! The always-entertaining Silent Disco—the fun-time dance party where you dance silently while wearing headphones—returns... and this time we're whooping it up on Rontoms' spacious patio! The heat lamps will be on, but you won't need them after a few minutes of shaking your ass to the hot spins of DJ TJ of Beatrox. Remember: You control the audio and when to dump the headphones to talk to your friends or that cutie across the bar! WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) I've always chafed at the term "guilty pleasure." It's damage control. You shouldn't feel guilty for liking anything (unless it's Chik-fil-A). That being said, I feel at least a little guilty for liking Everclear as much as I do. The other day, I was bumping So Much for the Afterglow but turned that shit off as soon as I realized one of my roommates was right outside my door. Here's why: On one hand, Everclear are pretty emblematic of late-'90s post-grunge radio schmaltz, alongside (admittedly way, way worse) groups like Sugar Ray and Lit. And despite what lead singer Art Alexakis' trademark soul patch and ice-cold bleached hair may imply, he has no punk cred at all—his detractors (approximately the entire population of Portland, Oregon) insist he's an LA-to-the-core opportunist aesthete, and there's probably some truth to that. It doesn't matter, though. "Father of Mine" is a bulletproof pop song, certainly better than anything Heatmiser ever recorded. Don't worry, Art; the elitist natives just don't get it. MORGAN TROPER
BLOOD OF KINGS, ALPHA VIPER, BLOOD MAGIC, TROJAN SWAMP MONSTER
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Featuring ex-members of Excruciator and Spellcaster, Portland fret-shredders Alpha Viper formed in 2013, siphoning the noodling of Yngwie Malmsteen and the hard-rock razing of Judas Priest to cast a sizzling spell all their own. Having been relegated primarily to gritty local bills at East End, the band's theatrical bent (dig the metal warrior garb) heightens an already focused dedication to thrashy/melodic forefathers like Queensrÿche. Seattle's Blood of Kings come to town towing muscular speed-metal with hair-raising vocals, heavy riffs, and motorik drums. The band recorded their debut LP, Starvation, with Tad Doyle at his Witch Ape Studio—a wise choice for fans of Doyle's emphasis on low-end growlers. Plus, two of the bands have "blood" in their names. What more do you want? RYAN J. PRADO
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