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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tonight in Music: Pickathon, Scale the Summit, Big Black Cloud & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Aug 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM


PICKATHON
(Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen) It's finally here! Our favorite event on the music calendar makes its welcome return: three days of excellent live music in the bucolic setting of Pendarvis Farm. It's Pickathon, and this year boasts the fest's most impressive lineup yet, with X, Nickel Creek, the War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Ural Thomas, and dozens more. NED LANNAMANN Read our feature on Pickathon.


GLASS CLOUD, SCALE THE SUMMIT, ERRA, MONUMENTS, REFLECTIONS, ORDER OF APOLLO
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Read our article on Scale the Summit.


BIG BLACK CLOUD, TOWERS, TOIM, A VOLCANO
(High Water Mark, 6800 NE MLK) The Mercury doesn't currently offer an award for best album title of the year, but I think we need to change that, as local noise-rockers Big Black Cloud have a new cassette called Lessons in Fuck You 2. Right? Award-winning stuff right there. The trio of Nick Capello, Soo Koelbli, and Travis Wainwright have made a punishing but very fun record of violent smash-rock and horrific outer-space encounters, further evidence of what happens when DIY punk is fearlessly taken to its powerful extremes. With two brilliant albums under their belt—Dark Age and Black Friday—and now the new tape, Big Black Cloud are quite simply one of the best bands in town, heavy or otherwise. Turn up Lessons in Fuck You 2 as loud as you can and tell me it doesn't feel good. NL


GRAVES AT SEA, PRIMITIVE MAN, BASTARD FEAST, HEXIS
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Primitive Man is ugly and ruthless. The Denver trio's debut LP, Scorn (which Relapse reissued last year), is a slab of impenetrable heaviness—just absolutely merciless. Few doom bands get anywhere close to infusing their riffs with that kind of hatefulness, and you're gonna want a nice long bath after listening to it. Primitive Man is playing with a couple local heavyweights with new releases. The band formerly known as Elitist gas just released their first album since changing their name to Bastard Feast, and Osculum Infame will scratch your death metal itch. Meanwhile, Graves at Sea have a new split with Sourvein that's all riffs, no filler. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN


GIRL FEST NW: BED, BLOSSOM, MELISSA LEVI, THIRD WAVE, DAUGHTERS OF THE DEAD SEA
(Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside) It's a double dose of awesome at a rare music fest that's not only all ages, but also showcases female musicians from around the Northwest at Girl Fest NW. Girls, girls, girls! (But non-girls are also welcome!) Make sure to catch melodic local hiphoppers Neka & Kahlo and bed., who dish out slow jangles and dreamy indie rock. COURTNEY FERGUSON


YONATAN GAT, THE WE SHARED MILK, DON'T, SELECTOR DUB NARCOTIC
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) You might be familiar with guitarist Yonatan Gat from his time spent in Monotonix, the rambunctious garage-rock band out of Tel Aviv, Israel, that became legendary while playing over a thousand shows from 2005 to 2011. A Monotonix live set saw the band surround themselves with the crowd and take part in a wide range of gravity-defying acrobatics. With plenty of stage dives, rafter scaling, and a crowd-surfing drum kit, the band delivered fierce and engaging performances on a nightly basis. In his post-Monotonix life, Gat had some well-deserved R&R in Portugal, where he carved out the more experimental leanings of his solo debut, Iberian Passage. On the album, Gat displays his mastery of laying down hefty garage-punk licks, while also managing to incorporate bits of Os Mutantes-inspired Tropicália flair and Middle Eastern-styled rhythms within his intense and hallucinatory shredding. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


KEVIN GATES, CHEVY WOODS, TH3RD, D3, STEVO THE WEIRDO
(Peter's Room at the Roseland, 8 NW 6th) In a world that celebrates singsong rappers Drake and Future, it's a mystery why Kevin Gates hasn't had a similar breakthrough. The Baton Rouge emcee is a better rapper and singer than the latter, and more credible in the streets than the former. Most importantly, he's riding an incredible hot streak as far as mixtapes go; his last three—particularly 2013's The Luca Brasi Story and this year's By Any Means—have been exquisitely detailed amalgams of trap-rap beats, refreshing mel-odicism, and Gates' emotionally forthright lyrics about fear, insecurity, heartbreak, and violence, delivered via a pliable, creaky Southern mumble that's one of the most compelling voices in rap right now. On the hook of "Wish I Had It," the first track on By Any Means, Gates croaks: "Out my window, I see everything I dream about and wish I had it." He's close. And he deserves it. BEN SALMON


BLANK PAGES, THE ESTRANGED
(The Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand) The first Google hit for "Blank Pages band" leads to the website for an overproduced Christian pop-rock band, complete with a landing page that feels it's reasonable to auto-play music at a deafening volume. As such, it could be easy to get discouraged in your attempt to discover the music of the Berlin-based garage-rock quartet of the same name. Dig just a little deeper into those results, though, and you'll arrive at the Bandcamp page for the German punk-rock label Hardware Records, host to Blank Pages' excellent self-titled debut. The release offers 10 tracks of urgent punk rock that is completely drenched in a hyper pop sensibility that rivals the likes of the Marked Men or Sonic Avenues. Atmospheric post-punk outfit the Estranged joins Blank Pages tonight. The Portland band made an impassioned appearance at PDX Pop Now! the other week, and they released one of the year's better albums on Dirtnap back in May. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


MICHAEL McDONALD, TOTO
(Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy, Grand Ronde) I'm not saying this show will be good, but admit it. You're curious. NL

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