Tonight in Music: Lorde, Fanno Creek, Arctic Monkeys & More
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) ALL HAIL OUR NEW POP QUEEN. Seventeen-year-old New Zealander Lorde put out one of the best albums of the year—the hazily dark, cleverly sharp, and sickeningly addictive Pure Heroine—and now she's playing an early evening show at the Crystal. Show up, listen, and pledge your loyalty. ERIK HENRIKSEN
FANNO CREEK, SAMA DAMS, HANDS IN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Fanno Creek.
ARCTIC MONKEYS, BATTLEME
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Although Josh Homme helped produce the third Arctic Monkeys LP, Humbug, the UK band didn't really let the desert sprawl and smoked-out ideals of Queens of the Stone Age sink in until they recorded album number five, AM (on which Homme is also a contributor). The 2013 release, apparently inspired by a breakup that singer/guitarist Alex Turner went through, is a slow-boiling tar pit of psychedelics, bulbous riffs, and some of the sexiest rhythms the quartet has ever attempted. Moving away from the rapid-fire tempos and lyrics of the past was a welcome evolution for the Monkeys, and helped generate one of the year's best rock albums. Fear not, though, old-school fans: All live footage I've seen of the band's current tour proves that they can still kick up a hell of a storm onstage. ROBERT HAM
CHURCH OF MISERY, SAVIOURS, WIZARD RIFLE
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Oakland's Saviours have made a lot of hay out of their melodic, serpentine riffs, taking Black Sabbath's heft and marrying it with Thin Lizzy's guitarmonies and the new wave of British heavy metal's gallop. Saviours aren't reinventing the wheel, but they are saviors of classic metal shredding and ol' fashioned headbanging. They're opening for Japanese doom metal legends Church of Misery, who've spent the past two-and-a-half decades carving monuments from giant slabs of riff in the name of miserable things like serial killers and mass murders; the Church is making a rare trip to this side of the Pacific to make up for a cancelled date in October. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN