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Monday, June 30, 2014

Tonight in Music: Just Lions, Cher, Pop Zeus & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM


EAR CANDY: JUST LIONS, ANIMAL EYES, BEAR & MOOSE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Every month, your pals at the Mercury and Mississippi Studios team up to bring you the best in local music—for free! Tonight's jam-packed, animal-themed bill includes Just Lions releasing their fine new EP, plus Animal Eyes and Bear & Moose round out the night with energetic, danceable rock tunes that'll make your ears happy as all get-out. NED LANNAMANN


CHER, CYNDI LAUPER
(Moda Center, 1 Center Ct) Sixty-eight years old and obviously still kickin', pop icon Cher returns with yet another costume-heavy, crowd-pleasing tour that's been getting rave reviews across the nation. Expect all your faves including sweet oldies (like "Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves"), disco bangers ("Believe"), and skimpy-clothed ballads ("If I Could Turn Back Time"). Get it, grandma! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


JERRY ROGERS, POP ZEUS, HONEYBUCKET
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Gnar Tapes guarantees a rad product with each and every order, and they've certainly been backing up that promise with a hot streak of worthwhile recent releases. With a name pulled from a classic Guided by Voices track, I'm not entirely sure how I slept on the stunning Pop Zeus 2012 self-titled debut on Burger Records, but I'm all ears after hearing this year's Tell Me So EP. As the recording alias of Boom! bassist and former Memories drummer Mikey Hodges, Pop Zeus recently relocated from Brooklyn to Portland. Hodges hunkered down at Gnar Tapes' Portland headquarters, Gnarnia, and cranked out six tracks of nourishing and endearing guitar-pop goodness. From stormy power-pop gem "The Longer I Wait" to the mellowed-out confessional "Tell Me So," this EP is a shimmering treat that demands a place in your sunny day playlist. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


WITCHBURN, APE MACHINE, WILD THRONE, BLACK SNAKE
(Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Blood Maker, the debut EP from Bellingham's Wild Throne—and the band formerly known as Dog Shredder—begins with "The Wrecking Ball Unchained." For those who never heard or saw Dog Shredder before their name change, this is an aptly named song for a band that performs with complete disregard for their personal safety; the analogy of a wrecking ball fits the band's explosive style of progressive-rock lunacy. The rest of Blood Maker is stacked high with frenzied drums and furious riffs that twist and turn on dimes, or go quiet and melodious just before they blast back for another round. ARIS WALES


BLACK MILK, NAT TURNER, SPEAKER MINDS, THEORY HAZIT
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Like all the best hiphop figures, Black Milk is a tireless creator of beats and rhymes. When he's not cooking up material for his unending stream of mixtapes and albums, he's backing up rappers like Danny Brown, GZA, and Guilty Simpson. The connecting thread between his work is an approach to production that's influenced by his friend and former collaborator J. Dilla: a love of the warm, rich tones of vintage jazz and soul records, a willingness to let the crackle of vinyl surface noise be as present as the beat, and an unhurried vibe that's custom fit for any situation and time of day. ROBERT HAM

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