I was already excited when I found out that King Black Acid was releasing new material, but when I saw the lineup for their upcoming release show, I just about lost my damn mind. To celebrate their newest EP Twin Flames, the dreamy rockers will be playing alongside the heavy Skull Diver and wacky, experimental Reptaliens. This is my dream Portland lineup. All three of these groups are in my list of top 10 local bands of the moment. Be sure to check out King Black Acid’s latest album when it’s released later this week too — from what I’ve heard so far, they’ve refined their already gorgeous 70s-inspired classic psych sound, polishing it to a fine sheen. If you’re gonna go retro, King Black Acid is the way to do it.
Choosing just one Mogo Music Festival show to feature this week was like choosing a favorite child. With dozens of incredible local acts performing this year, it’s hard to decide where to go this weekend. You really can’t go wrong no matter where you end up, but if I had to choose one, I’d head over to the Secret Society Ballroom for sets from Coco Columbia, Korgy & Bass and Glasys. I guarantee you’ve never heard anything like Coco Columbia in your life. She has an off-kilter pop sound that takes on an experimental tone similar to tune-yards, but with a jazzier, almost soulful touch. With Glasys’ gorgeous keyboard compositions and Korgy & Bass’ fuzzy hip-hop, this could be the show of the year.
Once again, Saturday night brings us a ton of amazing Mogo Music Festival acts, but my main pick this week is Mic Capes’ show at the Star Theater. Capes has an ear for top-notch hip-hop, and his lyrics are slick and as smooth as silk. His album Concrete Dreams is one of the best I’ve ever heard from any Portland artist, and you’ll walk away from this show with a deep appreciation for the deep thought that Capes puts into every track. You also won’t want to miss earlier sets from Donte Thomas and Nick B. before Capes takes the stage. Donte Thomas has a forceful voice that commands the room — you’ll feel like you’re being embraced and absorbed by his beats. Any serious fan of hip-hop and rap would be remiss to skip this show.
Marissa Abruzzini is the music editor for mxdwn.com, a freelance journalist, guitarist, and professional music snob. She spends most of her time poking around backstage at Portland’s seediest music venues.
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