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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tonight in Music: Illmaculate, Mark McGuire, Cult Leader & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM


ILLMACULATE, NACHO PICASSO, CASSOW, LOAD B, COOL NUTZ, DJ FATBOY
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Illmaculate's last Portland show ended in relative disaster. Cops swarmed the Blue Monk, and the Portland hiphop honcho canceled his set—announcing he'd not perform again in the city until officers stopped "the blatant targeting of black culture and minorities congregating." (The incident's since sparked an investigation in city hall.) Six weeks and an album release later, Illmac couldn't stay away. Can the police? DIRK VANDERHART

The last time North Portland emcee Illmaculate was scheduled to perform in town, an overwhelming presence from the Portland police department's Gang Task Force caused him to shut the show down. As a result, Illmaculate became the local hiphop community's de facto spokesman, going so far as to challenge police Sgt. Pete Simpson about the incident on OPB radio. Tonight, Illmaculate belatedly celebrates the release of his latest full-length, Clay Pigeons, a 20-track tour de force that cements the power of his artistry for anyone who has the audacity to label him as just another battle rapper. Local emcees Milc (from Load B) and Cassow are among the featured artists on Clay Pigeons, and tonight they support Illmac as opening acts, alongside Seattle's Nacho Picasso. RYAN FEIGH


JENNY HVAL, MARK MCGUIRE
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Mark McGuire's new album Along the Way is a concept album, but that concept is a slippery one: "A sonic exploration of the inner self," according to press materials. "An odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind," say the liner notes. Before I read that, I thought Along the Way sounded like the soundtrack for a strange trip though some boundless, brightly lit terrarium, where soaring new-age synth bubbles, temperate rhythmic currents, and glassy, psychedelectronic shoots and ladders carry you through a digi-world of soothing pinks and wide-eyed greens. But now, I just think McGuire knew what he was going for and he nailed it. Gorgeous and glitchy, Along the Way is comfort food for that certain special gray matter in your life. BEN SALMON


CULT LEADER, YAUTJA, SLOTHS, LOW SKY
(Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th) Formed out of the remnants of minor-league hardcore/metal legends Gaza—who formally called it quits last year under nebulous circumstances—Cult Leader is the newest project from that band's instrumental crux. The previous band's unremitting velocity is exchanged for a heightened technicality here, although I'm sure those breakdowns are no less "punishing," or whatever. MORGAN TROPER


THE VON TRAPPS, CHARMIAN CARR, PINK MARTINI, OREGON SYMPHONY
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) The Mercury is your #1 source for everything "von Trapp"—and we're happy to announce this absolutely charming singing quartet (and great grandchildren of The Sound of Music von Trapps) will be sharing their angelic voices at the Schnitz. The von Trapps with special guest Charmian Carr (Liesl from the movie!) will be backed up by the Oregon Symphony, along with a relatively unknown band called "Pink Martini," who's inexplicably receiving top billing. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

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