GOLDEN RETRIEVER, LITANIC MASK, VALET, PINHEAD IN FANTASIA
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Golden Retriever's third album, Seer, is a lightning strike stretched out to 40 stunning minutes—you'll be shocked and awed into dumbfounded incredulity by its intensive, deliberate slow motion. The duo of bass clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff and modular synth player Matt Carlson have a far greater range of sound than those two instruments suggest; Seer is filled with cosmic night-sky transmissions, sylphlike underwater lullabies, heartbeats amplified to canyon-sized magnitudes, and forest sounds from planets not yet discovered. Against significant odds, Sielaff and Carlson have made a robust and worthwhile catalog of music out of their very unusual musical pairing, with each of Golden Retriever's recorded documents offering new surprises along the way. Seer is their latest, and—perhaps this is not surprising anymore—it is a stunner, possibly their best work yet. NED LANNAMANN
DUM DUM GIRLS, BLOUSE, STRANGE BABES DJs
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Dum Dum Girls—fronted by the inimitable Dee Dee Penny—have been putting some new-wave spit shine on their catchy and fuzzy brand of daring power pop. Exhibit A is the Girls' most recent full-length, Too True. Penny's raw edges may have been salved with a bit of production unguent, but it's some of her most moving work yet. DENIS C. THERIAULT
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, ELF POWER, THE MINDERS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) You never know when Neutral Milk Hotel might slip off the face of the planet and go into indefinite hiatus again. So you might want to do everything in your power to catch Jeff Mangum & Co. on their jaunt back through town. They're playing tonight and tomorrow, loaded with songs from 1998's classic In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Best get in somehow. COURTNEY FERGUSON Also, see All-Ages Action!
SENSORY: RAS MIX, MR. ROMO, DELYRIA, RUDEMENT
(Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne) It's such a treat when a club night assembles the elements that make for a really enjoyable experience. Sensory does just that, with a record for meticulously discriminating curation that draws interest from even the most seasoned of electronic music heads. The killer sound system at Analog Café, along with a backdrop from a new artist each month, makes for a worthwhile audiovisual experience. This month brings together an array of styles within the category of uptempo electronic live performance, including Ras Mix (Aaron Saloman), who's on the heels of his most recent release, Adventures in Clown Town, on Portland-based SadoDaMascus Records. Offering a glimpse into his live show, the album was recorded as a one-take performance, and is an homage to experimental industrial music and avant-garde electronica. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD