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Aye Nako, Longclaw, Brave Hands, Shame


Black Water Bar Northeast
Mon., May 1, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages

With films like Moonlight and bands like Brooklyn’s Aye Nako, the LGBTQ Black experience may at last be finding a voice in mainstream popular culture. Speaking of representative voices, Silver Haze welcomes Jade Payne’s voice to Aye Nako as full-fledged co-songwriter alongside Mars Dixon. (Payne only contributed guitar and background vocal work to 2015’s Blackest Eye.) The result is bracing and vital ’90s-era guitar rock with elements of pop punk and enough messy, open-chord Sonic Youth-style tunings to goose Thurston Moore from his middle-aged stupor. At worst, identity politics and its corresponding avenues of expression can force people into limiting boxes, its own kind of defining binary system. But with bands like Aye Nako and PWR BTTM exploring personal experience with fresh voices, opportunities arise for next-generation songwriters and artists to redefine not only identity politics but also identity truth. WILLIAM KENNEDY

Black Water Bar

835 NE Broadway, Portland, OR

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  • Mon., May 1, 8 p.m. 2017