Lots of musical action happening this evening. Kinda feels like half of the Pacific Northwest is in town tonight.
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The Kills, Cold Cave and The Entrance Band at the Granada Theater
American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince are the core behind the artsy garage rock outfit known as The Kills. Formed in 2000, the duo has recorded four critically acclaimed efforts including the recently issued Blood Pressures. Although Mosshart and Hince claim influences as diverse as Captain Beefheart and LCD Soundsystem, the pair actually sounds closer to a darker, electronic version of The White Stripes -- fitting since Mosshart just got off a stint in the Dead Weather with Jack White. And, yes, that's a good thing: The Kills' music oozes with a raw coolness and intensity that never wavers. Experimental synth-pop outfit Cold Cave and Chicago stoner rock trio The Entrance Band make this one of the most intriguing triple-bills of the evening.
A-Trak, Kid Sister and The Gaslamp Killer at Trees
A-Trak is big shit in the world of plate spinners and knob twisters -- just ask Kanye, who used A-Trak as his personal DJ back in the early '00s. But he's also a producer and remixer of note, working with the likes of Kid Sister and Lupe Fiasco. Kid Sister, fittingly, is also on tonight's fine triple-bill and brings quite a bit to the table herself, having also collaborated with Kanye. Add in Los Angeles' The Gaslamp Killer and this show has the makings of a world-class rave.
Builders and Butchers and Damian Suomi & The Minor Prophets at The Double Wide
Although often described as a folk-rock band, there's something decidedly wackier in the goings on of Portland's Builders and Butchers. Fronted by Ryan Sollee, this five-piece kind of sounds like The Decemberists' retarded cousins, which isn't meant as an insult, really. The Builders most recent effort, Dead Reckoning, features songs such as "Rotten to the Core" and "Cradle on Fire" that aptly demonstrate the band's uniquely unbalanced talents.
Agesandages and Lake at Swiss House
Super triple-secret house show, Batman! Don't tell anyone that Portland's Agesandages and Seattle's Lake will be performing at a house near Swiss Avenue that you might have to Google. Hopefully Agesandages' forceful harmonies will not upset any neighbors.