BIG ASS BOOMBOX: WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, FANNO CREEK, NINJA TURTLE NINJA TIGER, TIGER HOUSE, THANKS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY, DONOVAN BREAKWATER (Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) I cannot get enough of the band Thanks. Upon first listen you'll be greeted by many familiar sounds, but I hesitate to classify them as a throwback band. Imagine Amy Winehouse with a sweet backing band doing some Rolling Stones covers in your friends' basement. Their sound is chilling yet full of energy. The fat soul bass and dance-off between the strong female vocals and the squirmy guitar licks are definite highlights. Although their debut EP Silver Scars Will Be Our Constellations was just released in November, they have been playing together for over a year, and their live performance is what you should put your money on. With members hailing from local bands such as Little Volcano (who also play this festival), My Autumn's Done Come, Dirty Mittens, possibly—well, probably—others, it's not a surprise they know how to play a good show. Thanks play tonight as part of the Big Ass Boombox festival, a two-day free festival that spills from Backspace and Someday over to Kelly's Olympian and Floating World Comics, with 40 bands and spoken word performers, too! ROCHELLE HUNTER Also see My, What a Busy Week!
[NOTE: The audience member's reaction at 0:25 is the greatest thing ever.]
THE GUTTERS, SAD HORSE, WIMPS, THE WOOLEN MEN (The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) At the very least, the new 7-inch single from Portland punk duo the Gutters offers value for money. Five complete songs grace the package, and while none of them last longer than a minute and change, each contains enough raunchy chords, brain-dead choruses, and ridiculously fake British accents to appeal to your basest punk-rock instincts. There's even a song that asks the question posed eternally by DIY rockers, "Should we make a 7-inch?," turning these slapdash, sloppy, two-chord butcheries into something hilariously meta. Like a mongrel that follows you home from school, you can't help can't falling in love with the Gutters' mangy, possibly diseased tunes, and there's no question they're gonna love you back. This record is a goddamn blast. NED LANNAMANN
SIR RICHARD BISHOP, AUDIOS AMIGOS, BEN VON WILDENHAUS (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) For more than 30 years, including 28 as a member of Sun City Girls, Sir Richard Bishop has explored new worlds with each otherworldly new release. At the same time, there's no mistaking it's him. The guitarist remains prolific, too, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering his proclivity for mining the cultural and historical fabric of America and beyond. A typical Bishop release can include spaghetti-western picking and Hindi-influenced strums all within minutes of each other. At times it's tuneful, at others a little more abstract. At the end of the day you get the impression that Sir Richard is just in it for himself. Luckily, we reap the benefits. MARK LORE