EAR CANDY: BLACKWITCH PUDDING, STONEBURNER, BURIALS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) For this week's Ear Candy showcase, Mississippi Studios and the Mercury have brought together three of the best heavy bands in town: Blackwitch Pudding's mammoth lysergic doom, Stoneburner's demonic crust-sludge, and the progressive black metal of Burials. It'll be majestically bone-chilling, totally free, and really, really loud. NED LANNAMANN
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, NOMMO OGO, DRUDEN
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Read our article on Wolves in the Throne Room.
GLOBELAMP, ADVENTUROUS SLEEPING, THE OCEAN FLOOR
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Olympia's Elizabeth le Fey records as Globelamp, and her new album, Star Dust—released on cassette by Gazelle Recordings—is an absolute stunner. Less discerning ears might hear it as jumbled, lo-fi murk, but in point of fact it's a dizzying, careering quilt of psychedelic folk, so trippy it'll inflict a contact high. Le Fey's songs meander, but never aimlessly; their intricate details are like being given the godly gift of seeing all life forms in a vast forest at once, with birds swooping through branches, thorns twisting through gnarled brush, and subterranean creatures burrowing through fecund earth. Le Fey gained some notoriety as a touring member of Foxygen—yes, those were her Tumblr posts that shone a spotlight on that band's acute growing pains during their 2013 tour—but with Star Dust, it's clear that the miraculous, medieval-tinged sound tapestries she makes as Globelamp are all anyone should be talking about. NL
SHELBY EARL, SEAN NELSON
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) One of the more consistently excellent live music options in town is the weekly residency series at Al's Den. It's afforded the opportunity to catch artists as they stretch their creative limbs a bit, playing seven nights in the low-key basement venue that's steeped in (sordid) Portland history. Seattle's Shelby Earl begins her run of performances there tonight, and they'd be can't-miss even if they weren't free. Her Damien Jurado-produced Swift Arrows arrived late last year, boasting a confidence and ease rare in second albums, with songs like the title track and "Grown Up Things" approaching a timeless sound that's even less common. More recently, a version of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T."—recorded for an episode of Grey's Anatomy this past spring—showed off the kind of adventurous spirit that's helped Earl avoid the familiar trappings of the singer-songwriter. JEREMY PETERSEN
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