Heartland Benefit Show and Unstoppable Death Machines
UNSTOPPABLE DEATH MACHINES, MTNS, HAUNTED HORSES, WEED
Brooklyn-based brother duo Unstoppable Death Machines (Mike and Billy Tucci) are an industrial-metal dance party—sort of like if Andrew W.K. bro'd-out some Godflesh songs over a gauze of gristly punk. Their songs are genre-hopping blasts of deep riffs and electronic beats to mosh and/or bleed to. Party tip: Also playing this night are Seattle noise-rock titans Haunted Horses, Mtns, and Weed, a drone-metal band from Bainbridge Island, not the Vancouver indie-rock band of the same name. Black Lodge, 9 pm.
MOUNT EERIE, ASHLEY ERIKSSON, THOUSANDS
Heartland—a new and necessary art gallery located in the University District providing a welcome outlet for arts in the neighborhood—is throwing its first benefit. According to one of its directors, Heartland is modeled off of "dreams and everyone involved being a participant in whatever degree to spaces that we've all experienced or wanted to be a part of." If that mission statement reminds you of the Anacortes space Department of Safety, it's appropriate that headlining the night is Mount Eerie. Anacortes-based woodlander Phil Elverum has been a mainstay in the K Records catalog for nearly two decades, and this is his last local performance before leaving on an international tour. Known for his minimal and sepulchral drone-folk songs, Elverum could out-beard and out-folk most. Ashley Eriksson of Olympia breeze-pop darlings LAKE will also be performing solo material, and don't miss this rare performance from dreamy pop duo Thousands. Their 2011 debut, The Sound of Everything, includes the sound of lots of things, recorded in various Northwest "abandoned barns, forgotten silos, stairwells, and state parks." An opening set for Fleet Foxes brought the duo a larger audience, and soon afterward former Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde signed them to his Bella Union imprint. Thousands are currently working on new material and will perform alternate arrangements of their songs at this very important event. Heartland, 9 pm, $5–$20.