STUMPFEST: TRANS AM, FEDERATION X, LIFE COACH, DRAB MAJESTY, HOT VICTORY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) For those who like their music on the hard-as-fuck side, Stumpfest returns for year three with a weekend tailored to the strong of heart, featuring Trans Am, Federation X, Yob, and more (including a sold-out Red Fang—turn on the charm, perhaps?). Hit it hard and hit it often. MARJORIE SKINNER Read our article on Stumpfest.
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, SHOVELS AND ROPE
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers is pretty much an honorary Portlander. The dude loves author Willy Vlautin. And he's only a few months from a three-week residency at the Doug Fir this January. Now he's back with his whole band, touring on their new album, English Oceans. And it ought to feel just like old times. DENIS C. THERIAULT
EYEHATEGOD, STONEBURNER, SIOUX, DEAD BY DAWN
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) The first single from Eyehategod's forthcoming, self-titled full-length—also their first in 14 years—is called "Robitussin and Rejection." Aptly named, the track is the sonic equivalent of self-loathing and suffering at its most drug-laden and hateful. Eyehategod, which hits the streets on May 27 via Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records, is not only special because it's been over a decade in the making. It's also the last recording the band made before original drummer Joey LaCaze passed away last year. The rest of the record will no doubt feature more of Eyehategod's filthy, crusted-over, two-ton, bottom-rung blues. And on this tour, the fans should be able to cut the despair with a knife. ARIS WALES
ANVIL, CEMETERY LUST, SPELLCASTER, MANIAK
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) The film Anvil! The Story of Anvil effectively transformed Anvil from pitiable has-beens into the next great cult group—a premise that we, as music lovers, are eternally susceptible to. But are they truly a forgotten treasure, or did the film's creators merely dip into the record store free bin when searching for a rockumentary subject and come up with a threadbare copy of Metal on Metal? At the risk of beating a horse that's been dead for years now, Anvil were hugely important in the development of thrash, and their lack of initial success can be attributed to pretty much everything other than their music—the oldest tale in the rock 'n' roll repository. But boy, did they get the last laugh. MORGAN TROPER
SIR MIX-A-LOT, BAD HABITAT, UNSAFE DARTZ, CARMINE, RAPPER E
(Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne) What can be said about Sir Mix-a-Lot in 2014? Considering that the man—Seattle-born Anthony Ray—hasn't released any new material since 2003's Daddy's Home, perhaps not a whole lot. All we can do is appreciate the single that made him. Since its release 22 years ago, "Baby Got Back" has reverberated in commercials, choice scenes in movies, videogames, and Glee. Although I'll go a step further and nerd out to his 1988 debut Swass, which includes a fine array of samples (Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Iggy Pop), a song featuring the members of Metal Church, and the stone-cold classic "Posse on Broadway"... Okay, this motherfucker's a genius! MARK LORE
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