Friday, Jan. 10
Hovercraft Records Showcase: Hornet Leg, Charts, Mythological Horses, Vasas, LA Drugz, Sealion, Burnt Thrones Club
[LO-FI SOUNDTRACK] Hovercraft Records rules. Not only does it back some of the best and most raw bands in Portland, for this showcase, it’s offering a free cassette compilation to the first 250 patrons. And you can bet your firstborn that any Hovercraft compilation is going to be filled with catchy riffs and surf-rock screams. The night will feature music from eight different Hovercraft gems, from the rhythmic, bluesy punk of Hornet Leg to the 1950s prom rock of Charts. ASHLEY JOCZ. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm. $5. 21+.
Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Old Man Markley
[PSYCHOBILLY G.O.A.T.S] Calling Texas trio Reverend Horton Heat the kings of psychobilly is both a compliment and a curse. It’s true that no one else has mastered the genre’s amphetamine cocktail of punk thrash ‘n’ gnash and countrified twang with as much precision as the trio of guitarist-sermonizer Jim Heath, bassist Jimbo Wallace and whoever happens to be sitting behind the drum kit on a given tour. But being considered the cream of such a small niche-crop means ruling from the margins. And that’s a shame, because the reality is the band understands rock ’n’ roll—period—better than most. No matter, though: the Rev has already charged through damn near 30 years of cultdom with a rowdy, ear-blasting live show, and though it hasn’t issued a new studio album since 2009’s Laughin’ and Cryin’ with the Reverend Horton Heat, in terms of its road-warrior status, it doesn’t look like the band will be drawing back any time soon. MATTHEW SINGER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $22 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
[COMEDY] Kyle Kinane might be known for his hobo-clown persona (and his hilarious Twitter war with a fake Pace salsa account), but he’s also a fantastically smart standup comic who’s able to balance self-deprecating material with outright silliness. See Headout on page 21 for some of Kinane’s own jokes. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday and 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-11. $15-$25. 21+.
[CLASSICAL GUITAR] Winner of last year’s Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition, the young Azerbaijani Rovshan Mamedkuliev (still in graduate school) has earned awards and audiences—and a new album on Naxos. The success is not just for his chops but also by his programming of contemporary composers (and not necessarily the big names)—including one of his teachers, Leo Brouwer, along with the classics by Spanish composers. This solo recital is a chance to catch one of tomorrow’s stars. BRETT CAMPBELL. Marylhurst University, 17600 Highway 43, 699-1814. 8 pm Friday, Jan. 10. $30-$49.
Saturday, Jan. 11
Old Russian New Year
[ENDLESS PARTY] Not yet ready to let go of all the holiday revelry? Lucky for you, Russia’s religious New Year doesn’t take place until a few weeks into January. Rambunctious, folky party-rock band Chervona has been throwing its Old New Year celebration for seven years. It’s wild, sweaty and partially sung in Russian. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave, 248-4700. 9 pm. $20. 21+.
Berber New Year
[NORTH AFRICAN CELEBRATION] The Berber people, who range across North Africa (mostly Algeria and Morocco), have created some of the world’s most electrifying music, whether Tuareg, Kabyle or lesser-known strains. Portland now boasts a contingent of Berber musicians, and some of them—Moh Alileche, Cherif and David, Lamiae Naki—are teaming with other local world-music masters Nat Hulskamp and Hurqalya, dancer Danielle Elizabeth and guest speakers for this celebration of the new year. That’s 2964, of course. The Berbers got a head start. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031. 6 pm Saturday, Jan. 11. Free.
Adventure Time: Flip Side
[COMICS] Embracing the ever-popular Freaky Friday formula, the Adventure Time comic crew will dabble in some body-swapping shenanigans in the first of the new miniseries Adventure Time: Flip Side. On hand for the release of the comic will be writers (and Eisner Award-winning Bandette team) Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover with illustrator Wook Jin Clark. Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd., 517-9050. Noon-2 pm. Free.
1939 Ensemble, Grammies, Like a Villain
[DRUM ’N’ SAX] Following in the footsteps of the great Golden Retriever, local duo Grammies makes quite the weird racket with a treated woodwind instrument. Led by saxophonist Noah Bernstein—who also plays with Shy Girls and is a former touring member of Tune-Yards—and percussionist Dan Sutherland, Grammies’ instrumental chaos is a crazy mind-meld of squawks, squeaks and lockstep grooves that are more J Dilla than jazz drummer. This is music best appreciated live, when you can fully embrace these two dudes’ commitment to creating new jazz/hip-hop/noise standards. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
Verified: Swizzymack, Gang$ign$, BennyRox, Quarry
[PHILLY CLUB] As a genre, “Philly club” is less a sibling than a slightly botched clone of its neighbors in Baltimore and Jersey. All three can be triangulated somewhere between trap, Miami bass and juke, but the names say it all: This is 100 percent club-floor-focused. Swizzymack has taken the reins of Philly club, adding in his trademark stutter. Bass EP, released last year on Mad Decent spinoff imprint Jeffree’s, is three tracks of straight twerk-juice, with “Drip” being the most focused and delightfully bouncy. Just don’t forget a towel. MITCH LILLIE. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 10 pm. $8. 21+.
[TO BOLDLY CROON] As true believers gather to cheer on yet another vintage-tinted vanity tour showcasing the hobbyist passions of a screen icon lately skimming the Great American Songbook, any critical assessment of the sort typically applied to professional musicians feels unfair. It’s certain to be instantly subsumed by towering waves of uncomplicated adoration such as that which the Schnitzer crowds showered upon Molly Ringwald’s 2013 torch songs and Hugh Laurie’s 2012 blues stylings. Some celebrities accumulate emotional investments of such magnitude that their very presence overwhelms all else. While Brent Spiner never approached anything beyond a niche cultural resonance during the early ‘90s height of Star Trek’s second iteration, his portrayal of twinkly android Data justified emotional unavailability for a proudly solipsistic generation. This evening’s awkward blend of Q&A with musical theater seems rather desperately targeted to the nerd faithful, and however limited Spiner’s vocals and inane his ambitions may appear over a scant discography, they’ll likely never more enjoy the cabaret. JAY HORTON. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 7 pm. $20-$32.
Rabbits, Gaytheist, Jonny X & the Groadies, Polst, the Gout
[HEAVY-METAL KIDS] The battle for the ages still rages. If you’re under 21 and complaining about your lack of options, here is the perfect show to usher in an ugly new year. There may be few opportunities for the underaged to see the best of Portland’s metal masters, so please, kids, take advantage. And honestly, what West Hills mother wouldn’t want her children to be serenaded by the electro-party black metal of a pack of Groadies, the self-explanatory messaging of Gaytheist or the misanthropic sludge of Rabbits? Just be home by midnight, or there will be hell to pay! NATHAN CARSON. Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th Ave., 223-0099. 8 pm. $5. All ages.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Second Sunday Cider
[BOOZE] The cider is free, the cheese will cost you. Brooklyn House and HipCider author Tyler Hurst pour free samples from Washington’s Schilling, which makes oak-aged, spiced and ginger ciders, paired with a $10 cheese board. If you’re unfamiliar with the magic of a cheese-and-cider pairing, learn and love. Brooklyn House, 3131 SE 12th Ave., 236-6761, brooklynhouserestaurant.com. 5-7 pm.
Maria Taylor, St. Even, PJ Bond
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Steve Hefter came to Portland in 2009 from Baltimore, and two years later, under the name St. Even, released a quietly stunning album of lyrical chamber-pop called Spirit Animal. It didn’t really catch on locally, something that astounded my predecessor, WW Music Editor, Casey Jarman. This week, Hefter celebrates the digital release of his latest self-titled collection on Jarman’s Party Damage Records. Again, it’s a delicate, warmly arranged set. His songs seem to drift downward, the gently plucked acoustic guitars, wilting horns, strings and occasional barroom piano appearing to falling around Hefter’s congested, heavy-lidded murmur like leaves in winter. It is, perhaps, too unassuming to make St. Even the next big thing in local music, but that’s OK. For those in the know, the music doesn’t need hype to prop it up. It stands on its own. Beguiling singer-songwriter Maria Taylor, half of dreamy Georgian duo Azure Ray, headlines. MATTHEW SINGER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8 pm. $12. 21+.
The Know’s 9th Anniversary: Graves at Sea, the Siege Fire
[CELEBRATORY DEATH METAL] If you’re “in the know”—ahem—some part of you is probably aware that the Know is one of the coolest small venues on the West Coast. With agreeably low drink prices, cheap shows and an eclectic range of acts keeping the venue toasty practically every day of the week, the Know is a staple of the Portland music scene. It is celebrating its ninth anniversary with some death metal, courtesy of Hellshock, Graves at Sea, and the Siege Fire. Here’s to nine more years of bookers keeping the place hip and bartenders keeping the place beered! ASHLEY JOCZ. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. $8. 21+.
The Hylaeus Party
[MUSIC] The Secret Drum Band, with Lisa Schonberg—a drummer and insect enthusiast, and member of Explode Into Colors—plus Dubais, Marisa Anderson and DJ Allan Wilson. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., on Sunday, Jan. 12. 8:30 pm. $6. 21+.