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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tonight in Music: Factory Floor, Iska Dhaaf, New Bums & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM


FACTORY FLOOR, DVA DAMAS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Factory Floor.


ISKA DHAAF, HUSTLE AND DRONE, DJ COCO LOUIE
(Information Warehouse, 411 SE 6th) Iska Dhaaf's hometown is already all abuzz about them—Macklemore even appeared in their second music video—but this is the Seattle band's first time playing Portland. If you aren't familiar, perhaps you knew its two members in other configurations: Nate Quiroga, who plays guitar, bass, and keys, was in Mad Rad, while drummer Benjamin Verdoes fronted Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band (while drumming, Verdoes also plays keys and sets off all manner of foot triggers to flesh out the duo's sound). Their debut album, Even the Sun Will Burn, is both fully contemporary and decidedly uninterested in current trends; its assorted parts could have come from any one of the last 20 years of indie rock (including this one). And there's a particular Northwest sensibility that's trickier to put into words: poppy, melancholic, loud, rain-dipped, and lightly, almost gently psychotic. It covers both dance and rock while fortunately evading "dance rock" territory; it's filled with hooks and weird left turns; it's very good. NED LANNAMANN


NEW BUMS, SCOUT NIBLETT
(Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside) Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny and the Skygreen Leopards' Donovana Quinn have unpacked their acoustic guitars to form New Bums, making eerie but warmly plucked tunes that march along to raggedy beats. With their Drag City labelmate (and Portland resident) Scout Niblett on the bill, it's a complete evening of nerve-wrackingly introspective but fulfilling music. NL


SMOKE RINGS, LOVE AND CARING, COCKEYE, DEFECT DEFECT
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Defect Defect have been a fixture of Portland's punk scene since before you moved here, having been formed in 2006 by members of local heroes the Observers (who, in turn, formed following the disintegration of an even older band called the Speds). Still, lead singer and man-about-town Colin Grigson seems to be caught in a permanent punk stasis—he still looks like a snot-nosed, disheveled 19-year-old pizza delivery guy even though he's got to be older than that. But who's counting the candles? Sometimes—actually, make that most of the time—the worst thing a band can do is mature, in any sense of the word. Defect Defect's lone, self-titled LP is a terse, blistering affair (it runs at 45 rpm!), and it's one of the best, unadorned punk albums this city has produced in years. MORGAN TROPER


GIFT OF GAB, SPEAKER MINDS, BAD HABITAT, DIRTY REVIVAL COLLECTIVE
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Some know Timothy Parker, AKA Gift of Gab, as the voice of Bay Area rap duo Blackalicious, while others know him for his semi-fast, instantly recognizable flow. Mr. Gab has participated in numerous collaborations; you can hear him rhyming alongside Chali 2na, performing with Mr. Lif, and on a record with Del the Funky Homosapien. Gift of Gab is a founding member of the Quannum Projects collective, one of the most successful indie hiphop labels to come out of the Bay Area. Not to mention that Blackalicious is great, with songs that are more melodic and structured than those of your average DJ/emcee duo; the choruses are often sung, and Gift of Gab's words are thoughtful and evocative. It's hard not to bask in the glow of Gab's mad flow. ROSE FINN


I AM THE AVALANCHE, DIAMOND YOUTH, TURNOVER, WHEN WE TEAM UP, NON THE YES MAN
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) In the highly saturated world of saccharine-coated pop punk, I Am the Avalanche's Vinnie Caruana is a true forefather. The Alternative Press-featured buzz bands of today—like the Wonder Years, Four Year Strong, Man Overboard, and even current tour mates Diamond Youth—have Caruana and his first band, the Movielife, to thank for blurring the lines between hardcore and pop punk, tossing the breakdown-heavy songwriting style of hardcore with the heart-on-sleeve writing style of, say, Blink-182, creating what Metalsucks writer Sergeant D refers to as "easycore." Though not nearly as influential, his current band I Am the Avalanche doesn't stray far from the sing-along-ready style of yesteryear. KEVIN DIERS

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