If you haven't yet knelt down before the Shrine—Venice, California's self-proclaimed "psychedelic violence" band—you better bloody your knees and start speaking in tongues. Equal parts rock 'n' roll, classic heavy metal, and punked-out West Coast hardcore, the Shrine is all ripper and zero filler. The band's new full-length, Bless Off, dropped this year like a wild, frothing skateboarder into an empty pool, cruising and crushing just as hard as 2012's critically acclaimed Primitive Blast. To prove the band's cred even further, Bless Off's slow-burn track "The Duke" is co-written by Chuck Dukowski, founding bassist of Black Flag. The Shrine are hard touring, hard charging, and coming up lightning fast. ARIS WALES
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"