STRFKR, BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Read our article on STRFKR.


SUN ANGLE, DEATH SONGS, GRANDPARENTS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) One of the current projects of musical genius Charlie Salas Humara (Panther, Ylang Ylang), Sun Angle is beating down its rays of slightly jazzy psychedelic rock—consider it a chance to hear their forthcoming debut record in gestation form. It may not be the kind of sun angle you'll find in Palm Springs, but this shit will keep you warm. MARJORIE SKINNER


ALAMEDA, HOLIDAY FRIENDS, PHEASANT
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Astoria, Oregon's Holiday Friends make the kind of happy-go-lucky sing-along folk and gently twinkly synth-pop that is burning up the charts and headlining outdoor musical festivals these days. Actually, Holiday Friends have quite a bit more personality than that comparison might suggest; in fact, there's something guilelessly charming about the band and their 2012 debut, Chicks. These are big, brash puppies of songs, wide-eyed and eager to please, and Holiday Friends recently holed up in Portland's Type Foundry Studio to ready a follow-up, tentatively scheduled for release in August. However, let it be known that drummer Brian Bovenizer—also of Astoria's Fort George Brewery—recently purchased the Ludwig Vistalite drum kit that I included in my section of the Mercury staff's holiday wish list ["WE WANT. GIVE IT TO US," Dec 5, 2012] and kept it for himself. Therefore, he and I are now mortal enemies. En garde, Bovenizer! NED LANNAMANN