Thanks, Brownish Black, DJ Cooky Parker

When: Sat., Jan. 4, 9 p.m. 2014


I'm not the first to point out how six-piece Portland band Thanks incorporates soul into their decidedly black-hearted indie rock. You probably aren't going to mistake their new full-length Blood Sounds for Lady Soul or anything like that, so I suppose the soul connection is just easy shorthand for saying that Thanks' music is vital, gripping, and different. Indeed, Blood Sounds is an apt name for this terrific, fiery collection, as the music is bloody and bruised, forming tightly controlled tantrums of melody and rhythm, marshaled by Jimi Hendrix's commanding voice (yes, that is her name). What none of this conveys, though, is how the end result effectively becomes fun, bright pop of a very high caliber, with indestructible, earworm-y songs, and beats that implore you to move. Consider Thanks' Blood Sounds the first great Portland album of 2014. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $7-9

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