Tonight in Music: Veruca Salt/The Echo Friendly, Emily Wells/You Are Plural, Spectral Tombs,
VERUCA SALT, THE ECHO FRIENDLY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) In most circumstances, the salvaged bounty from a breakup ranges from an ex's prized possessions (best-case scenario) to an itchy sexually transmitted disease (worst-case scenario). But seldom does any real fulfillment come from such a split—unless you are Jake Rabinbach and Shannon Esper, who molded the Echo Friendly from the fiery ashes of their failed union. The ex-couples-to-duos path is well trod—from Quasi to the candy-striped footsteps of the White Stripes—but this Brooklyn/Memphis pair wastes little time on their astonishingly polished debut album, Love Panic. With lyrics that read like stolen diary entries and breathy, intertwined vocals that recall the heyday of Kim and Thurston (speaking of exes), the Echo Friendly might be lousy at love, but that sounds just fine to us. EAC Also see My, What a Busy Week!
EMILY WELLS, YOU ARE PLURAL
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) You Are Plural's lineup of cello, Wurlitzer, and drums might make them the most unlikely of all possible trios. Led by the impressive talents and angelic voices of Jen Grady and Ephriam Nagler, this entrancing band makes music as unexpected as their instrumentation. They're able to switch between quiet, lush harmonies and blast beat-driven chamber post-rock with ease, and are a manic joy to see live. Headlining the night is jaw-dropping loop-pedal composer Emily Wells, a passionate and playful performer with a wide range of influences. The unfortunate "hiphop classical" label she's been given doesn't do her justice, as Wells has collaborated with everyone from Clint Mansell to Deerhoof to Kid Koala. One day her brilliant cover of Haddaway's "What Is Love" will hopefully replace the original entirely. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
SPECTRAL TOMBS, SHROUD OF THE HERETIC
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Ending an enviable run of devastating live shows and pitch-black metal mayhem, Portland's Spectral Tombs are calling it quits after tonight. During the last few years, the Tombs displayed a penchant for super-pissed screeching and alternately gorgeous and harrowing blankets of progressive, dark metal. Their most recent recording, 2012's Veins as Poisoned Streams, stretched fiery crust-punk and goopy gore across 18 minutes on the epic title track. But all heavy things must pass, and the departure of Spectral Tombs leaves a devil-horned void in the silhouette of the scene. On the flipside, Shroud of the Heretic have emerged as a formidable ultra-doom counterpart, and are possibly one of the scariest-sounding bands in Portland. Reference their 2013 LP Revelations in Alchemy for proof. RYAN J. PRADO