THE FIX'S FOURTH ANNIVERSARY: PETE ROCK, CL SMOOTH, REV. SHINES, DJ KEZ, DUNDIGGY
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Four years running, the Fix has been holding it down for Portland hiphop, offering top-tiered DJs and a few surprise guests (?uestlove, Spinderella) along the way. To celebrate their fourth anniversary, Portland's premier hiphop night pulls out all the stops, bringing in the legendary Pete Rock along with his longtime partner in crime C.L. Smooth. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
THE WELFARE STATE, THE SATIN CHAPS
(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) The Crack City Rockers are no more, but Eric Gregory and Kenneth Coleman stuck together and formed the Welfare State, recruiting Freddy Trujillo of Caguama on bass and 8-Foot Tender's Greg Odell on the drums. The Welfare State's debut full-length, High Times, contains plenty of spiraling guitar lines, whipcrack drums, and laconically delivered vocals. It's the sound of '60s folk-rock delivered with late-'70s aggression, all dialed into a setting of medium cool. The songs conceal a songwriting complexity not immediately evident on first listen, but the Welfare State make their instrumental prowess sound easy, and allow their bar-friendly rock to jump around under its own steam, never sounding labored or jaded in the process. NED LANNAMANN
HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD, DOC BROWN EXPERIMENT, JOSH MARTINEZ, ABADAWN, GEPETTO
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) Hives Inquiry Squad is a local hiphop duo, Gavin Theory and Lucas Dix, who lyrically spit spastically erudite showers over densely layered sonic productions that often demand and reward repeat listens. Doc Brown Experiment bring their instrumental funk/jazz hybrid, and in addition to both groups showcasing sets of their own, they plan to combine forces for a few songs together including a classic '90s hiphop cover jam or two. The show also doubles as a release party for Gavin Theory's Metal Legged Mix, an impressive undertaking that seamlessly weaves together snippets and samples of mostly local acts, but also a few national, including a sneak peek at two new tracks from the Squad's full-length Edifice, due out early next year. The mix is available for free to attendees, and that alone seems worth getting your head in the door. RYAN FEIGH
The New Trust, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!
THEMES, THE NEW TRUST, NOT TO REASON WHY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Themes are a Portland band, but they weren't always. Nomads at heart, Jacy McIntosh and Kelsey Crawford called Minneapolis home before relocating here in 2008, making music that's fully flowered with dramatic swirls, buzzfire guitars, ghostly piano, and male/female vocals, resulting in a seductively homespun version of 21st-century American goth. Meanwhile, hailing from Themes' one-time hometown of Santa Rosa, the New Trust's sound is not nearly as cloaked in mystery, although its brightly snappy, guitar-fueled arrangements fuel angst-riddled songs with such universal, potty-mouthed themes as "You've Got to Be Fucking Shitting Me" and "Chill the Fuck Out." Their latest, 2008's Get Vulnerable, eschews the comfort of major chords for the rifle crack of tightly wound tunes like "To Hell, via Jail" and "Wretched and Unwanted." NED LANNAMANN
The complete show listings can be viewed here.