The Restaurants This Critic Returned to on Her Own Time and Dime in 2014
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Comedy and music share the stage during the second year of Grrrl Front, a lady-forward festival boasting performances from Palo Verde and the Doubleclicks alongside comedy from the likes of (Mercury columnists!) Barbara Holm and Bri Pruett. A percentage of proceeds go to benefit the staunch defenders-of-feminism at Bitch Media. ALISON HALLETT Read our article on the Grrrl Front festival.
STUMPFEST: RED FANG, LORD DYING, NORSKA, BLACK PUSSY, ANCIENT WARLOCKS, CHRON GOBLIN
(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.
DEER SOULS, TOM HEINL, ALBATROSS
(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) Portland needs someone like Tom Heinl around to pop a small hole in the inflated egos of the acoustic roots music scene here. Because even while sending it up, Heinl's deep love for folk and country is readily apparent. Case in point: 2012's Seeds and Stems, a goofy and lovely batch of lo-fi country jangle that wends in warped samples from found cassettes and well-chosen covers like the Roches' goofy tune "The Hudson Bros." and "Gentle on My Mind," a treacly bit of folk associated most closely with Glen Campbell, alongside winking Heinl originals like "Morning Wood" and "Angina." ROBERT HAM
ATLAS AND THE ASTRONAUT, GRANDHORSE, MANX
(Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th) Last summer, local pop-rock four-piece Grandhorse released their fantastic debut album Portraiturefolio. I slept on it back then, but it has since become clear that its nine tracks of loud and layered melodic goodness go down a heck of a lot easier than that mouthful of a title. One could draw comparisons to a number of high-octane indie pop acts here, but Grandhorse manage to nest within a comfort zone of their very own. The hooks on the opening number, "Short Drive with a Kidnapper," have been rattling around in my head for days now, and when the band rises up and taps into some infectious and revolving guitar threads toward the end of "Dinowolf," I find myself fully transported, far off in a world where I'm grinning behind the wheel of a silent hybrid and humming along to that perfect sound forever. [Grandhorse also headlines a show Saturday night at Habesha.] CHIPP TERWILLIGER
SPEAR AND MAGIC HELMET, JONNYX AND THE GROADIES, LABRYSE
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) The last-ever performance of local Gits tribute band, Spear and Magic Helmet. A benefit for the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC). MORGAN TROPER
GABRIEL SALOMAN, VALET, BEAST, ETHERNET
(Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta) Originally scheduled for February, this event was canceled due to Snowblizzpocalypse Y2K14. Impressively, the organizers were able to secure the exact same bill from the original date. Headlining is former Yellow Swan Gabriel Saloman, who returns to Portland in support of Soldier's Requiem, his 2013 album of anti-war instrumentals. The four pieces on it are devastating in their own ways, whether it's through the pound of a martial drumbeat, or on the haunting "Boots on the Ground," guitar melodies accompanied by the simple sound of rainfall that are interrupted by more percussion racket and heavy drones. RH
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