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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tonight in Music: Wussy, Yesway, Burning Palms

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Ohio's Wussy is, plain and simple, a great American rock 'n' roll band. With songwriters Chuck Cleaver (formerly of Ass Ponys) and Lisa Walker, they turn heartland rock on its ear, injecting punk urgency, roots-folk sincerity, and noise-rock sturm und drang into their propulsive, gorgeous sound. Don't miss a very rare Portland appearance—it could be years before the next one. NED LANNAMANN

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Seeing Yesway live is a reminder that some of the most mind-altering music can still come from two people singing. One of the Bay Area's best-kept secrets, Yesway is the collaboration of friends Emily Ritz (Devotionals, DRMS) and Kacey Johansing, whose sibling-like harmonies baffle and astound audiences. Their self-titled full-length debut takes their intimate folk to new heights, with its own universe of tasteful textural layers. It's an album sure to spread their magic further into the world—which might mean this is your last chance to see them before the secret gets out. With Yesway serving as opener for Portland favorite Laura Veirs, this will be a night of elastic vocals and unconventional arrangements of folk and pop. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Los Angeles-based Lolipop Records has been cranking out garage rock by the truckload for four years. Tonight's label "revue" gives only a taste... but a pretty tasty one. Mystic Braves don't fool around, bringing back moptops and sock hops. Corners and the Electric Magpie add a little more punk rawness to their dirty, danceable sounds. But the highlight of the pack is Burning Palms, led by witchy woman Simone Stopford, who brings a little mysticism to her band's desert soundtrack. Put it all together, and it's a high-timed night of rock 'n' roll fantasy from another time and dimension. MARK LORE

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Over the past few years, bands like Deafheaven, Alcest, and Woods of Desolation have stretched the boundaries of metal by brightening their blackness with soaring passages of radiant shoegaze or post-rock. On the flip side of that coin, you'll find Planning for Burial's Thom Wasluck, a New Jersey home-recording stalwart whose new album Desideratum is a gloomy, glacially paced slab of drone-rock that's as dark and deliberate as it is beautiful. Its highlights are its bookend tracks: Nine minutes of dead-eyed fuzz-rock called "Where You Rest Your Head at Night" begin the album, and the 16-plus-minute closer, "Golden," may be the slowest crescendo any musician makes this year. It's glorious—as you'll discover at today's all-ages afternoon show. BEN SALMON


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