Guitarist Rob Sipsky and vocalist/saxophonist Chelsea Luker have been steadily working hard at Mars Retrieval Unit for several years now, honing their psychedelic-funk sound through various lineups. With the release of their first album Two Sides, the local band has fully arrived, boasting a rich amalgam of influences and stunning musicianship that would put other bands to shame. To celebrate the record's release, the band is headlining the hallowed Crystal Ballroom, but such an impressive gig did not come unearned: Mars Retrieval Unit has been steadily playing around town and building up a devoted following, one show at a time. Now sounding better than ever, they seem perfectly poised to go national—you can expect them to make a Bonnaroo crowd very happy at some point in the near future. NED LANNAMANN
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.