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Bike Thief, Rare Monk, Sama Dams 

When: Sat., Jan. 4, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $6-8
Portland's Sama Dams have more than a few things going for them. Their moniker is topical, in a 2008 sort of way, seemingly referencing the mayoral run of Sam Adams (in fact, it's the jiggered name of the band's frontman, also named Sam Adams). Much more importantly, the band possesses the ability to harness severe, atmospheric, and expansive panoramas of sound that dip into and out of whirlpools of electronic psych, plaintive OK Computer-era Radiohead realms, and beyond. The trio's 2013 release, No Vengeance, is particularly indefinable; Adams' voice captains songs like the manic "Coyote Dreams in the City" through sonic twists and turns both beautifully calming and violently jarring. It's one of the more inspired releases to come out of Portland last year, and the band should garner further attention with their upcoming album, the funding of which recently made its $10,000 goal on Kickstarter with a mere 68 (presumably deep-pocketed) backers. RYAN J. PRADO

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