BOB DYLAN, JOHN MELLENCAMP,
THE DOUGH ROLLERS
LOWER DENS, RAYMOND BYRON AND THE WHITE FREIGHTER, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER, BA FRACTAL
SOFT METALS, AROHAN, JOEY CASIO, MIRACLES CLUB
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) In the opening minutes of Soft Metals' The Cold World Melts EP, frontwoman Patricia Hall earnestly inquires, "Is this love or just music?" Turns out it's both. In forming synth pop duo Soft Metals, Hall and Ian Hicks expanded their musical partnership to a romantic one—just as we've all secretly hoped Hall & Oates would do someday. Over the course of five songs, The Cold World Melts shuffles to the same pulsating electronic beat as Chromatics and (the duo's upcoming tourmates) Jewels of the Nile. While those who actually survived the '80s might be suspicious of this calculated pop revisionism, the cold keyboard lines and soft coo of Hall make for a pretty irresistible combination. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
Brain Drill after the jump!
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BRAIN DRILL, HEATHEN SHRINE, TRUCULENCE, HALO OF GUNFIRE, FLESH CONSUMED, ARKAIK
(Red Room, 2530 NE 82nd) Brain Drill is in the same tech-death metal league as acts like Origin and Necrophagist. They're hellbent on liquefying your mind by redefining the limits of speed, creating strange new time signatures, and pushing the potential of their instruments. The band's newest release, Quantum Catastrophe, is an eight-track lesson in controlled chaos as both Dylan Ruskin (guitar) and Ivan Munguia (bass) play like they were born with an extra digit on each hand. Chasing their riffs and spotting when each one ends and the next begins takes patience and lots of ibuprofen. Somehow, Ron Casey (drums) manages to bludgeon his set right alongside them. It's probably because he has four arms and three legs. Listen to Brain Drill, attend their show, count their appendages, then try and understand. ARIS WALES