EAST END BLOCK PARTY: BLACK DEATH, HIRAX, WEHRMACHT, & MORE
(East End, 203 SE Grand) For rabid metal fans who wade through the darkest depths of obscurity to find passed-over bands and relics, the elation of discovering a dazzling gem is typically followed by sadness. More often than not, said band has broken up, or members have moved to other projects, or even died—leaving the dream of seeing the forgotten band in the flesh completely lost. Cleveland's Black Death is one of those holy-grail bands, and thankfully the band's mastermind, Siki Spacek, has resurrected it. Originally existing from 1978 to 1988, Black Death released only one full-length, one EP, and two songs on a Cleveland metal comp before crumbling. That's a tragic shame, considering Black Death's Judas Priest-influenced heavy metal ripped with a jagged, raw, rusty edge that could've done more to influence the genre's development in its infant stages. Considering that Black Death has never played outside Cleveland until now, tonight's show—part of East End's two-night summer block party—could be the most monumental metal moment Portland has seen, or will see, in decades. ARIS WALES Also see My, What a Busy Week!
BUNK BEACH FREEDOM FEST: OLD LIGHT, XDS, BEARCUBBIN', TALKATIVE
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Bunk Bar's annual Fourth of July block party returns, with the kind of bash that'll make you proud to be 'Merican. In addition to their delicious sandwiches, Bunk will also have barbecue, games, kiddie pools, and their patented Iceberg concoction: a pint of Rainier with a hefty dollop of frozen margarita on top. It's exactly what you want to be drinking on America's hottest holiday. (Careful with those, by the way.) But best of all, they've got a great lineup of bands, including the ever-adventuresome Old Light, the mathy, party-ready rock of Bearcubbin', and lots more. Oh, did I mention this whole thing's free AND all ages? 'Cause it is. Happy birthday, USA. NED LANNAMANN
WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, SUMMER CANNIBALS, EYELIDS, DJ FREAKY OUTTY, MAXX BASS
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) Dig a Pony is pulling out all the stops for their Fourth of July party, as they play host to some of Portland's best bands for two evenings of free music. Thursday night, catch the off-kilter experimental rock of Aan, paired nicely with the tense, sinister, soulful sounds of Thanks. Both bands kicked off 2014 with albums that could be locks for many best-of lists come December. On Friday, come see Summer Cannibals mow down audiences with their fierce and urgent brand of rock 'n' roll, along with the mind-melting psychedelic garage-rock of Wooden Indian Burial Ground—two bands with live sets capable of blowing away even the biggest fireworks display. Just be sure to leave the barbecue early enough so you can catch opening act Eyelids, who, unlike that hot dog you ate earlier, boast quality ingredients, with a lineup of Portland rock veterans and a bright and polished Flying Nun sound. CHIPP TERWILLIGER