Tonight in Music: Casey Neill, Dramady, Portland Smiles & More

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CASEY NEILL & THE NORWAY RATS, SASSPARILLA
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Casey Neill.


DRAMADY, PAULO ZAPPOLI, LONNIE WINN
(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) Read our article on Dramady.


[Here's the newest episode of the weird, funny Beach Party TV, featuring Jesse Bettis, who's the mastermind behind the Portland Smiles comp. Check out the previous episode of Beach Party TV here.]
PORTLAND SMILES: RIO GRANDS, NEW MOVE, CHURCH OF SURF, ADAM BROCK
(Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) It's no mean feat to take on the Beach Boys on their own surfy turf, but 11 Portland bands have done just that by covering 1967's whimsical Smiley Smile album in full. Come to Tender Loving Empire's beach-party release show with performances by Rio Grands, Adam Brock, and more, at the Eagles Lodge, where smiley smiles—and stiff drinks—reign supreme. NED LANNAMANN


ROCKBOX 7-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: MATT NELKIN, DJ KEZ, FOUR COLOR ZACK
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Let's wish a happy, ass-shaking birthday to Rock Box—DJ Kez and Matt Nelkin's monthly dance party—which is celebrating it's seven-year anniversary tonight with a barn-burning shindig featuring Matt and Kez, as well as turntable gymnastics from Red Bull Thre3style champ, Four Color Zack (straight outta Seattle). Tonight will be a night to sweat. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY


AGRIMONIA, TAKE OVER AND DESTROY
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) The extreme music underground can be incestuous at times, but unlike kissing cousins, incest is best when it comes to music. Styles are blended, and side projects often draw more attention to their full-time counterparts, or vice versa. Sweden's Agrimonia features members that have done time in Skitsystem, Martyrdöd, and At the Gates. Unlike aging punk icons who pick up acoustic guitars and go mellow, however, these veteran d-beating, crusty grinders are keeping it heavy and slowing it down to a more melodic, mid-tempo pace. Agrimonia still has the snarl of the members' other projects, but the vibe is much more bleak than furious. ARIS WALES


CULTS, SACCO, MOOD RINGS, GALLOP
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Cults' sophomore album, Static, feels remarkably effortless, which is something to say for a record borne of hardship. Its lyrical content revolves around what sounds like a heart-wrenching split between vocalist Madeline Follin and guitarist Brian Oblivion, and they've drowned it in the correct amounts of fuzz, bass, and liquor. Thus, songs like "Always Forever" and "We've Got It" flow through your ears with surprising ease, coaxed by Follin's strong and nimble soprano, oscillating between a Shangri-Las croon and a veritable indie wail. It is at once jubilant and miserably sad—a beautiful combination, and what tends to happen in life, regardless of the effort we exert. RAQUEL NASSER


POP. 1280, VICE DEVICE, SMOKE RINGS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Pop. 1280's latest, Imps of Perversion, is all dread, menace, and danger—a portrait of the kind of seedy ugliness that you used to think of when you thought of the band's hometown of New York City, and the kind of thing to be expected from a band that lifts their name from a crime novel. It all comes in a no-wave/post-punk package that you would have associated with the city once upon a time as well. The guitar barbs and jagged edges borrow from the No New York songbook, but the occasional ray-gun synthesizers and hypnotic grooves carry faint shades of krautrock. And while labelmates the Men have been more interested in tapping into their inner Crazy Horse in recent years, Pop. 1280 isn't quite finished pummeling things into the concrete. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN


JERRY ABSTRACT, DEAFCHILD, B GRADE
(Central Hotel, 8608 N Lombard) A veteran of electronic music with many solid releases under his belt, Jerry Abstract has an artistic sensibility that just won't quit. His solo work is full of punchy attitude and dramatic flair that surpasses your run-of-the-mill techno sound, giving a unique perspective on what is possible in the ever-growing world of electronic dance music. His sound—pitch-black minimal funk with a razor-sharp edge—speaks to you without words. As the former creative director of Seattle's Decibel Festival for six years running, Abstract's sense of style is unmatched, especially behind the decks. It's always interesting to see what a seasoned pro like him will play next. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD


SEAN NELSON, EYELIDS, HERMAN JOLLY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) For a guy who has scored a massive (and enduring) hit song, toured the world, performed on network television, and worked with some of the Northwest's most popular musicians, Sean Nelson sails decidedly under the radar. He's best known as Harvey Danger's frontman, AKA the guy who sang "I'm not sick, but I'm not wellllllll!" in the late-'90s alt-rock staple "Flagpole Sitta." He's revered (by me, at least) for his sideman/harmony vocals role in the Long Winters' early years. But if the world of pop music were calibrated correctly, the snappy, brainy songs found all over Nelson's first solo album, Make Good Choices—recorded in fits and starts over several years and finally released in June—would be dominating radio and the top of the charts. Alas, they are not, so Nelson will have to settle for being a talented and respected artist with a knack for classic pop that's rivaled by few of his peers. BEN SALMON


HUMOURS, HUNGERS, AERIAL RUIN
(The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard) In this cold digital age, some people still enjoy holding music in their grubby hands. Since CDs have become slightly passé and vinyl is too expensive for low-level bands to produce, it's logical that cassette tapes have returned with a vengeance. Tonight, local, lumbering power-trio Hungers release their self-titled cassette, seven tracks of mean slow-burners that are equally as desolate and depressive as they are heavy. Vocalist and guitarist Andrew Morgan has a sinister snarl that is a fine match for the grim and gloom of the riffs. If the tape player in your Volvo is dead, don't sweat it. Hungers put a digital download code inside the case for good measure. AW

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