AUTONOMICS, PSYCHOMAGIC, MUFASSA
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Portland band Autonomics recorded the entirety of their new EP, Keep Tulsa Ugly, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while on a day-and-a-half break from tour. The urgency puts the band in the best possible light, as the three-piece knocks out five quick garage-rock torpedoes in under 13 minutes. "Super Fuzz" is a gumdrop pop song painted over in tape saturation and messy distortion, resulting in a sloppy-joe track that'll have you licking your fingers. And "I Love You, Oprah Winfrey" is a razor-tight, speedy bop that would probably confuse Ms. Winfrey, but you'll enjoy. I don't know how Tulsa feels about Keep Tulsa Ugly, but from here in the Northwest, it sounds damn good. NED LANNAMANN


RX BANDITS, THE DEAR HUNTER, FROM INDIAN LAKES
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Drive-Thru Records legends RX Bandits are noteworthy for synthesizing a variety of fairly disparate genres (ska, post-hardcore, progressive rock), leading to records that are usually all over the map. 2001's Progress is a good starting—and stopping—place (and dear lord, how that album cover has aged). MORGAN TROPER


HE WHOSE OX IS GORED, MUSCLE AND MARROW, CHASMA
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Of all the groups that have formed in response to the post-metal work of Neurosis and Isis, He Whose Ox Is Gored is one of the few that takes the template laid by its influences and improves upon it. It has something to do with the Seattle quartet's smart use of synthesizers, letting the sonic possibilities of the instrument add to the atmosphere and energy of their work, while also providing small shafts of sunlight to cut through the otherwise inky murk of their slow-burning compositions. Mostly, HWOIG are just better songwriters that most. The two tracks that make up their current 10-inch record, Nightshade, are as engaging as they are intense, like having someone wrap a warm blanket over your shoulders before jumping with you off a cliff. ROBERT HAM