LITTLE WINGS, WHITE RAINBOW, THE HIVE DWELLERS, ROB WALMART
(The Artistery, 4315 SE Division) After an amazing decade-long run, the time has come to say goodbye to the Artistery, the beloved all-ages art space that's housed countless excellent shows in its homey basement. Tonight, Little Wings is joined by Portland's White Rainbow and Rob Walmart, plus K Records honcho Calvin Johnson's group the Hive Dwellers. NED LANNAMANN Also, read our article on Little Wings.
THE VELVET TEEN, THEMES, SYMMETRY/SYMMETRY, DUCK LITTLE BROTHER DUCK
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) It's been awhile since we heard new music from the Velvet Teen, but coming up on nearly five years after their last full-length Cum Laude!, the Santa Rosa band returned last November with a four-song EP entitled No Star. It was the band's first recording since expanding to a quartet, and the dueling guitars of Matthew Izen and Judah Nagler are now an unquestioned hallmark of the Velvet Teen's sound. The ghosts of emo past no longer encumber No Star; instead the EP happily delves into the infinite walls of guitar of Siamese Dream, with Nagler singing the octave-straddling melodies with remarkable elasticity. NL
DAN MANGAN, SEAN FLINN AND THE ROYAL WE, GOLDFINCH
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) For those keeping track at home, it takes all of 22 seconds of "Road Regrets" to fall head over heels for Dan Mangan. The opening number from Nice, Nice, Very Nice—his truly inspiring 2009 sophomore recording—is a bleary-eyed road trip through a litany of battered emotions, a call-to-action folk number that urges you to hit the open road and bury your past in the rearview. Already a household name in his Vancouver (the real one) homeland, Mangan combines the clever wordplay of Okkervil River with a staunch and earnest delivery, reminding the listener of the earliest days of Billy Bragg—but with less songs about unions, and more songs about new brunettes. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
(Mt. Tabor Theater Lounge, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Equilibrium, the new EP from local emcee LeMont Boyd (AKA L Pro) and native producer 5th Sequence, is a tasty sample of what to expect from their upcoming full-length Vertigo. Older heads may remember L Pro as L Profound, his teenage pseudonym as a member of the duo Grassrootz, along with beatmaker D-Wyze. Their 1998 debut, Uncharted Regions, garnered positive national attention, yet they soon disbanded due to D-Wyze relocating to California. Meanwhile Boyd's subsequent setbacks—including a divorce and being stabbed in the face—kept him away from music for some time. His collaboration with Soul Plasma on 2003's Simply Soul marked a determined return to form that has continued ever since. If Equilibrium is any indication, L Pro and 5th Sequence are primed to resurrect the template of Pete Rock and CL Smooth, combining thought-provoking lyrics over jazzy samples and raw head-nod beats. RYAN FEIGH
A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.