Ghost Mice, Red Liquid, and Matt Carlson
GHOST MICE, YOUR HEART BREAKS, LIVING RHEUM, NANA GRIZOL
While I would generally prefer to stuff banjos in my ears than listen to most anything deemed "folk punk," I would gladly stuff my ears full of Bloomington, Indiana, duo Ghost Mice (with Plan-it-x Records). Chris Clavin and Hannah Jones tell stories of being young and in love, eating pizza, and dumpster-diving, and while it all may come across as ragingly posi, its overwhelming sense of humanness also keeps my cynicism in check. In songs like "Free Pizza for Life," the vocals teeter between self-awareness and elation: "So I jumped into the car/Told the driver to drive/As we sped off into the night, we yelled/Free pizza for life." If any heartfelt, acoustic, anarchist punk is going to win me over, this is it. Who doesn't like free pizza, anyway? With Living Rheum, a cleverly/grossly named folk collective from Portland, local fuzz punks Your Heart Breaks, and Nana Grizol. Heartland, 9 pm, $7–$10 donation.
WHITE MURDER, RED LIQUID, SIOUX CITY PETE & THE BEGGARS, MURDER IN THE WOOD
Don't miss the experimental punk dirge of Seattle band Red Liquid, whose latest cassette, Mirror Syndrome Vol. II (Hanged Man Recordings), has a metallic and sprawling post-punk sound akin to Michael Gira collaborating through a gutter or a hacksaw with the Chameleons UK, if they had the hellish industrial vibe of Chrome. If you made any sense of that, then this is your show, nightmare seeker. With LA-based post-punk quintet White Murder, local death-blues/rock 'n' roll band Sioux City Pete & the Beggars, and Murder in the Wood. Black Lodge, 9 pm.
MATT CARLSON, PANABRITE, SECRET COLORS
If you're looking for something electronic this weekend, check out Portland musician Matt Carlson, who creates trance-inducing synthesizer sagas. Both celestial and terrifying, Carlson winds his listener into a k-hole of dystopian synth pulses that convulse and distort with ethereal grace. His latest release, All Moments, is out on NNA Tapes, and it morphs the spooky textures of Carlson's past work into slightly more palpable scare-scapes. He's joined tonight by local mind-expansion artists Panabrite and Secret Colors; come prepared for a truly alien encounter. Cairo, 8 pm, $5.