The mystery is gone, but Ruban Nielson's once-enigmatic post-Mint Chicks project is still one of Portland's singular bands. Based on the new album's sequel-y title (and hazy lead single), expect another batch of what the debut offered: funky psych-pop future-breakbeats that sound like the product of a group that ate a bunch of acid, turned on the four-track and tried to copy a Meters record.
STRFKR, Miracle Mile (2/19, Polyvinyl)
Having settled on a name (and a marquee-friendly abbreviation) after 2011âs Reptilians, Josh Hodges et al. get back to their particular brand of business: making DayGlo electro-pop for kids who wish Passion Pit wasnât so emo and MGMT would take more uppers.
Eat Skull, III (2/19, Woodsist)
It seemed like the noise-punk day-trippers disappeared into the ether sometime after 2009âs Wild and Inside. Turns out, the ether is where the group recorded its new album. Once far beyond overdriven, the bandâs recent teaser 7-inch suggests a shift into more placid realms of lo-fi mind-fuckery.
Sapient, Slump (2/19, Camobear)
Is Marcus Williams a rapper with indie-rock aspirations or an indie rocker with a hip-hop jones? Maybe heâs something else altogether. As a producer and MC, Sapeâs always pushed boundaries. Now, heâs preparing to eliminate them entirely.