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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tonight in Music: Doug Paisley, Shad, Metronomy & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Doug Paisley.

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) TSOL, the third album from London, Ontario rapper Shad, famously beat Drake's Thank Me Later for the 2011 Rap Recording of the Year Juno Award—AKA the Canadian Grammy—which made me wonder if Drake attended the 2011 Junos. Turns out he not only attended, he hosted the show! Can you imagine the epic pouty face he made as Shad made his way to the stage? Or maybe he just nodded knowingly, because he knew TSOL efficiently embodies all that Shad does well: progressive beats with an old soul, sharp and socially conscious rhymes, and a sturdy flow. On his most recent album, last year's Flying Colours, Shad is more exploratory and extroverted, further expanding his beat aesthetic into global and pop realms and letting the boasts fly more than ever before. It's a solid album, but it lost to Drake's Nothing Was the Same at the 2014 Junos. It's the circle of life! (Or something like that.) BEN SALMON

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) UK electro-pop act Metronomy craft satin-smooth, urbane little tunes whose stylistic polyamory finds them flirting with everything from vintage go-go to lite-kraut pulses. The production's squeaky-clean, to the point where it almost feels as if principal songwriter Joseph Mount's taken sandpaper to anything that could be considered a rough edge. And while normally that'd make for rather bland music, Metronomy are going for a very specific, cosmopolitan sheen, not down-and-dirty dance music. Think a slightly more rocking Hot Chip, or maybe a less cheeky Chromeo. Metronomy is music for deleting emails to, while sipping an Americano. KYLE FLECK

(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) Portland rock quartet the Rotties have been tearing up the Northwest for just over two years. In that time, they've developed a fierce sound that's landed them spots on plenty of hardcore-punk-leaning bills. It's a good fit—the band's in-your-face intensity, driven by dueling vocals and headbang-inducing metal riffs, has the ability to topple just about any audience. What makes them stand out in this aggressive arena is the attitude with which they unleash all this energy. At the end of the day, the Rotties want to party with you, and they're willing to use every tool in the punk-rock playbook to get the job done. Tonight they're joined by Winnipeg-based four-piece Pop Crimes. The band's "Digital Dream"/"Radio Eye" single is a noisy, polished offering of Sonic Youth-influenced experimental post-punk that's well worth checking out. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

(Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth) Another fascinating show arrives at the cozy confines of Turn! Turn! Turn! this week, headlined by a set from Raphi Gottesman. The Oaklander has already established himself as a fine support musician, backing up the Fresh and Onlys and Sonny and the Sunsets on drums, but on his own, his lovely guitar playing emphasizes dissolving chords and melodic drones. Sharing the bill is Awkward Energy, the understated and completely charming project of Jack Lewis that nods to fellow gawky pop should-be-stars like Jad Fair and Lewis' own brother Jeffrey, and Inebriati, a new venture from former Evolutionary Jass Band member Michael Henrickson. ROBERT HAM

(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) In the ever-expanding genre of house music, there are countless subgenres, each with its own flavor and focus (including Italo house, vocal and tribal house, and Balearic beat, to name a few). Latin house, a style that's been around for quite a while and has been highly influential on modern-day pop music, blends house and Latin American sounds from places like Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, and Puerto Rico. The infusion of Latin American rhythms and instrumentation presents a real taste of those cultures' heart and soul, and this month, the Flight dance night takes us on a journey with knowledgeable selectors who are intimately familiar with the style's hidden gems. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD


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