A packed week of local shows with Portland's throwback surf-pop trio Orca Team at Milk Wednesday, the previously profiled Wallpaper at the Academy of Arts and Science Thursday and experimental legend John Zorn at Yoshi's all weekend long.
Our featured act this week, however, is Lazer Sword. Standing at the forefront of the glitchy, bass-heavy movement journalist have alternatively described as turbo crank, lazer bass and future blap, San Francisco-bred Ableton nerds Lazer Sword simply blew us away with their 2008 mixtape Blap to the Future. Much like their improvised live sets, the mixtapes seamless blend of acapellas, sampled beats and homebrewed originals stood as a sort of missing link between the world of Flying Lotus and Girl Talk -- two years later and the tape still sounds fresher than than just about anything coming out of the admittedly like-minded bro-step world. With their long awaited debut just around the corner, the now multinational duo (1/2 of the duo recently relocated to Berlin) return to San Francisco Thursday night for a blowout with the previously profiled Rainbow Arabia, Sacramento's rising favorite Sister Crayon and the all around awesome Oakland-based trio Religious Girls at Rickshaw Stop -- this one is not to be missed.
Several other show options this week including synth nerds Jonas Reinhardt at Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Starfucker side-project Skeletron at Milk Thursday and the previously profiled Abe Vigoda with the recently reunited emo pioneers Cap'n Jazz at Bimbos Friday. As always, be sure to consult the full showlist.