Tonight in Music: Lydia Loveless, Fanno Creek/Tomten, ZZ Ward
LYDIA LOVELESS, THE STUBBORN LOVERS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Lydia Loveless.
FANNO CREEK, TOMTEN, ANIMAL EYES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The harmony-drenched folk-rock of local trio Fanno Creek turns explosive in the live setting, and tonight's your last chance to see for yourself for the next few months; they're taking time off to travel, so get while the getting's good. Don't miss Seattle's Tomten, who make misty-morning baroque pop in all your favorite vintage flavors. NED LANNAMANN
ZZ WARD, GRIZFOLK, THE OH MY'S
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) I've seen ZZ Ward—full name: Zsuzsanna Eva Ward—compared to Adele, but I'm more impressed that she got her start not far from Portland, playing blues with her father in Roseburg, Oregon. On Ward's 2012 debut, Til the Casket Drops, the songstress mixes the blues of Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton with the hiphop influence of Nas and Jay-Z. And it seems to work, although her voice is what really stands out—slinky and soulful. She writes good songs, too. Ward now occupies an interesting space in which she's found some success, but hasn't yet busted through like Adele. Despite that, I get the feeling she's in this for the long haul. MARK LORE