Portland junk-blues duo Hillstomp celebrates the release of their third full-length album, Darker the Night, at tonight's show. In some regards, they've come a long way from their early days as a guitar and bucket combo—percussionist John Johnson has added some more drums to his kit, guitarist Henry Kammerer branches out with rapid-strum Appalachian banjo—but their statement of purpose is clearer and more direct than ever. Joining together blues, punk, bluegrass, and some more dirty blues by means of sticky tar and rusty nails, Hillstomp makes boot-stompin' music for those who don't mind a little slide guitar or washboard rattle—or the side effects of some 100-proof rotgut whiskey. NED LANNAMANN
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"