BRAINSTORM, HOSANNAS, GRANDPARENTS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) As someone who loved Brainstorm's 2009 debut album Battling Giants and the string of gymnastic, tropical dance-pop releases the Portland band's released since, the excitement over their new album Heat Waves was muted slightly by its inclusion of re-recordings of several of their best songs. Battling Giants and the "Beast in the Sky" and "Flat Earth" singles were each mined for their best tracks, leaving only three new Brainstorm songs to round out Heat Waves: "Maybe a Memory," "Death Bells," and "The Crown Caves In." But the truth is, these updated versions sound terrific and the new songs are just as good, and Heat Waves is cogent and coherent, feeling very much like its own album rather than the result of cherry picking. Brainstorm's playing has never been better—and it was always great—and the newly expanded lineup with bassist Tamara Barnes gives them even greater flexibility. Brainstorm were out of town when Heat Waves was released by Tender Loving Empire on October 2, but this is the long-overdue hometown record release show. NED LANNAMANN Also see My, What a Busy Week!
THE BE GOOD TANYAS, HUCK NOTARI
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Back in 1999, when O Brother, Where Art Thou was still in production and before today's legion of banjo players could drink or vote, the Be Good Tanyas began reviving traditional Americana sounds. Evocative of the Carter Family, the Canadian three-piece are folk purists of the highest order. Like many groundbreakers, their output has been frustratingly sparse, but they have just released their fourth album, A Collection (2000-2012), a 16-song retrospective with two new tracks, including the highlight "Gospel Song." For trendsetters, Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton, and Trish Klein have avoided the spotlight, though not necessarily the signifiers of pop-cultural prestige: Their dark cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die" was memorably featured in the second-season episode of Breaking Bad in which Walt wanders naked around a supermarket. Parton was in a scary car accident back in September, and these shows (Saturday and Sunday) are part of a string of make-up dates. REBECCA WILSON
NASALROD, HONDURAN, TINY KNIVES
(Katie O'Brien's, 2809 NE Sandy) Pity the record store clerk who is given the job of filing Nasalrod's new 7-inch Steward into the appropriate section. The record contains four songs that are wholly different from one another, but somehow have cohesion. The first track, "Hype," has some Talking Heads quirk pushed by a lot of ferocious intensity. Track two, "Hello Ello," is a smile-inducing anthem that's capped by an ending fit for an interpretive dance—although what that dancer might be interpreting would be tough to pin down. On side two you'll find "What D'ya Say" and "Join," two tracks that also have plenty of danceability to them, in a David-Byrne-in-a-giant-suit kind of way. All together, Steward is a fantastic Nasalrod ride that must be heard to be understood. Well, if not understood, at least enjoyed thoroughly. ARIS WALES
KINSKI, SURVIVAL KNIFE, STLS
(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) I saw Kinski perform earlier this year, opening for White Hills. It had been years, and I was quickly reminded how powerful the band is live, a perfect mix of controlled chaos and off-the-hinges improv. They leave no open space, constructing a massive wall of sound that can lay waste to a city block. That said, the Seattle four-piece has been relatively quiet over the past few years (and it's been five years since their last full-length Down Below It's Chaos). That's all about to change. The band signed with Kill Rock Stars after a decade on Sub Pop, and will release a new batch of material in March 2013. Until then, recall Kinski's power tonight when they no doubt annihilate the cozy confines of the Record Room. MARK LORE