BAD RELIGION, BOUNCING SOULS, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) We get it, Bad Religion is OLD. But Greg Graffin & Co. can still deliver a lights-out punk rock show that elevates both mind and body. If that's not enough Graffin for you, the UCLA professor will sign and discuss his new book, Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World without God on Tuesday at Powell's on Hawthorne. I think it's an erotic thriller about teenage vampires. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
DAVID DONDERO, THE MOANERS, ALAMEDA
SAMOTHRACE, MEGATON LEVIATHAN, ABSENCE OF LIGHT, EALDATH
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Portland band Megaton Leviathan aren't another doom metal band, exactly. The droning, cavernous songs have just the right amount of razor-wire edge to give their downtempo sludge a crisper sheen, brightening the scorched earth with shoegaze-y, infinite echo and distinctly human singing from vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Andrew James Costa. Their debut album Water Wealth Hell on Earth is a four-song beast, with the title track split into two lengthy segments, and a 33-minute finale in the form of the amorphous drone of "A Slow Death in D Minor." Water Wealth Hell on Earth is available in a limited edition of 500 from Spanish label Feretro Records, and tonight marks the hometown CD release show. Record collectors might want to get their copy before they’re all gone: Megaton Leviathan are already talking about re-tracking the drums with the band’s original drummer Matt Brim for a re-release of the record at some point down the road. NED LANNAMANN
Nosaj Thing, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!
NOSAJ THING, TORO Y MOI, JOGGER
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Did Nosaj Thing move to the Pacific Northwest? Seems like he plays here at least every other month. I'm not complaining, because Nosaj is one of the deftest producers of this whole post-Dilla hiphop diffusion/explosion of the past few years. His melodies have emotional depth and resonance, and his sound design and rhythms possess a precise crispness that inspire gear-geek 'gasms. You may like 'em, too. Toro Y Moi (young South Carolina producer Chazwick Bundick) has risen to somewhere near the top of the glo-fi pop heap on the strength of Causers of This, his debut album for Carpark Records. His confectionary dance-and-swoon songs shimmy by in an ethereal, pink haze, playing flowery solos on sensitive youths' heartstrings. Said it before, will say it again: Toro Y Moi is going to be big. DAVE SEGAL
You can check out the complete show listings here.