REFUSED, SLEIGH BELLS (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) In January, I got a press release that read "REFUSED NOT F***ING DEAD," and sure enough, the Swedish band resurrected itself to play Coachella. Now Refused is coming to town to blast our ears with raging hardcore that refuses (eh?) to stay within genre boundaries. Sleigh Bells open, whose seismic blasts of pop have more in common with Refused than you might think. NED LANNAMANN Also, read our article on Refused.
OMSI AFTER DARK: LOST LANDER, BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS (OMSI, 1945 SE Water) OMSI After Dark is courting "hipster" caricatures this week, with a program heavy on obscure music and futuristic fashion, but that's no reason to stay away. Drink up while making your very own duct-tape wallet. Sway your NES-toughened thumbs to chiptune music. Or just enjoy live songs courtesy of and Blue Skies for Black Hearts. DENIS C. THERIAULT
GREYLAG, CATHERINE FEENY, SUZANNE TUFAN (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Greylag had been simmering in a cross-country creative tailspin prior to relocating to Portland a few years back. Their debut EP similarly stewed in a holding pattern as the band found footing, settling into themselves and establishing an almost immediate fanbase. There's an extremely good reason for that. The Only Way to Kill You plays like a Zane Grey fever dream, with a rich, continental imagery that focuses on the holy trinity of melody, music, and lyricism. "Black Crow" is a great example of this—its underlying tribal thrust belies a terrifically textured, affecting Americana pop that's heavy with percussion, mandolin, and harmony. Greylag was already part of this year's Sasquatch festival, so the secret's certainly out. But it's exciting to ponder what sort of alchemy could follow from a band as relatively fresh as this. RYAN J. PRADO