SANCTUARY: REFLECTIVE SURFACES, TEMPLE MAPS, NO PARADES, TIM WESTCOTT, MIKE JEDLICKA
(Lightbar, 1401 SE Morrison) Psychedelic ambient sounds under neon lights, guiding you toward the outer reaches of the galaxy—what could be more relaxing on a Sunday night? The Sanctuary Sundays series has been finding gems hiding under rocks for a while now, presenting some of Portland's most interesting (albeit obscure) ambient electronic artists in Lightbar's trippy atmosphere. This month, No Parades gives us a taste of meditative ecstasy with drone-filled atonal escapades. Their cinematic oeuvre will leave you on cotton cloud nine when you finally awake from your trance-induced daydream. Reflective Surfaces bring a more playful vibe by way of heavily effected synthesizers and prank call madness. Temple Maps offer a divinely pulsing collage of subliminal space messages. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
THE CRY, CONTACT CLUB, VERNER PANTONS
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) For better or worse, the Cry is the type of band that can't help but propel the essence of rock 'n' roll from the very core of its being. They've got some pretty killer chops, and their take on three-minute power-pop constructs is appealing, if well worn. The quartet's sophomore album, Dangerous Game, weaves a similar quilt of big-riff rock from the '70s, paying homage to artists like Marc Bolan, Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, and perhaps most significantly, beloved and short-lived PDX band Exploding Hearts. Songs like opener "Discotheque" fold doo-wop, Motown, pop, rock, and punk into a seemingly effortless burst of fist-pumping glory. Despite the channeling of paint-by-numbers rock idols, the Cry remain an energetic new blip on the radar screen, and ought to push the intimacy of Valentine's to the brink of destruction for tonight's album release. RYAN J. PRADO
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