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Ice Balloons, Babes, Still Caves, Grapefruit 

When: Sat., May 17, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $7
I've never been in charge of running a bar or venue myself, but I'd imagine that a savvy management team will typically do everything in its power to avoid inviting flies into the premises. Brand-new Northeast Portland venue High Water Mark Lounge goes the opposite direction tonight, as they play host to Brooklyn-based noise rock band Ice Balloons. Fronted by a half-man, half-fly and backed by psychedelic visuals, the group's live shows become small spectacles, all while the band dumps layers of whirling synth and fuzzy noise on top of a catchy, driving garage-rock foundation. Ice Balloons boast members from a handful of other acts, including TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, and with a strong self-titled debut that strikes a balance between truly bizarre and headbang-worthy, welcoming an insect like this should actually prove a shrewd move for the new venue. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

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