GROUPER, SARAH DOUGHER, SETH NEHIL, FLASH CHOIR, BRYSON HANSEN, DJ YETI (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Portland's Flash Choir is the house band of sorts for tonight's installment of the New Musics quarterly series at Holocene. They'll be performing with Grouper, Sarah Dougher, Seth Nihil, and Bryson Hansen in a series of arty new compositions that may or may not require some context. Dougher performs Fin de Siecle I, an "experimental poem play" commissioned by poet Leslie Scalapino; Nihil performs a working version of the upcoming Children's Games, which gets a full premiere in October. Liz Harris (AKA Grouper), meanwhile, performs PART, a tape collage series that deals with interior space and interactions with others. It all sounds very heady and very arty, but it should prove to be an adventurous and atypical night with intriguing approaches to performance. And in the case of Grouper, whose chilling, hushed musical environments are nothing less than completely immersive, it will be an excellent opportunity to see one of Portland's greatest talents perform new work. NED LANNAMANN
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT, MARIA TAYLOR, KASEY ANDERSON (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Jason Isbell.
NASALROD, STAG BITTEN, BIG BLACK CLOUD (Mudai, 801 NE Broadway) Portland's Stag Bitten is tough to track down. Their presence on ye ole internet is nearly nonexistent; upon searching their name, all you will find is a handful of videos from sweaty house shows that don't nearly portray what the band's capable of live. Stag Bitten's intensity and condensed talent can only be realized when you're standing in front of this power trio that snarls like Cerberus at the gates of the underworld (He's a three-headed dog, get it?). They're not quite metal, not quite hardcore punk, and not quite danceable. What they are is musical savagery at its most vicious. ARIS WALES