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Monday, August 18, 2014

Tonight in Music: Boris, Kitten Forever, Black Kids & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM


BORIS, MARRIAGES, MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The one constant in the Boris catalog is that the Japanese band doesn't do the same thing twice. (Unless you count calling a record Heavy Rocks—they definitely did that twice.) But over the course of two decades, 19 full-lengths, and more splits, EPs, and singles than we can count, the trio has cranked out drone-metal epics, stoner-rock rippers, walls of noise, shoegazey beauty, and dabbled more than a few times in bubblegum pop. That pull in a million different directions might be why the trio of records the band released in 2011 (Attention Please, New Album, and the second Heavy Rocks) didn't resonate like earlier albums. But the recently released Noise is the best album they've made in years, partly because they let all those different impulses exist on the same disc rather than parsing them across several. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN


THE STOPS, KITTEN FOREVER, PINK PILE, IS/IS
(High Water Mark, 6800 NE MLK) It's a good week for feminist punk bands with feline-inspired names. But unlike Tacocat, Kitten Forever opts for a fuzzed-out sound that's raw and direct. The Minneapolis trio features Corrie Harrigan on drums, Laura Larson on bass, and Liz Elton on vocals, and their minimalist set-up takes nothing away from the end sound, as Kitten Forever nails down a fleshed-out feeling that speaks volumes. The 13 songs found on last year's double 7-inch, Pressure, come across as warped and distorted cheerleader chants—half party, half punk, bringing to mind the playful urgency displayed by Pottymouth-era Bratmobile. The returning, much-loved Riot Grrrl Karaoke is right around the corner (it hits the Foggy Notion on August 23), so if you need a last-minute class in fronting a band, it would be in your best interest to swing by the High Water Mark tonight for a crash course from Kitten Forever. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


BLACK KIDS, MACKINTOSH BRAUN, FRINGE CLASS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, the synth-poppy Black Kids were THE blastoff band of 2008 (thanks in large part to their amazingly fun single, "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You"). Now they're touring again with their newest track, "Origami," which is also so infectious< you're gonna swear you were plopped into the middle of a Cure concert in 1987. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


MURDER CITY DEVILS, CONSTANT LOVERS, COREY BREWER
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Today's teenaged punkers were still crapping their Pampers the last time the Murder City Devils put out an original LP. So when The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again dropped earlier this month, it was kind of an amazingly big deal. The Devils still shred. The Devils still delight. And they're playing Portland twice in two days (except only tonight's show has tickets available). DENIS C. THERIAULT

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