Visible Cloaks’ eerie, bubbling style creates an alien environment


THURSDAY OCT. 27:

After their Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo helped bring the wonders of 80s Japanese ambient music to the American indieverse, Portlanders Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile decided to explore this style further with their Visible capes project. It’s weird, buzzy stuff that creates an alien-looking environment rather than just evoking its predecessors – or worse, the jumble of aesthetic signifiers that “Japan” is often reduced to. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 503-239-7639, holocene.org. 8 p.m. $12. 21+.

FRIDAY OCT. 28:

Oakland, California’s experimental music scene tends towards witchcraft and gothic – and as a star of this scene, Spelling took the next logical step by embracing her inner Stevie Nicks. Artist born Tia Cabral enjoys floating on stage with ribbon-festooned tambourines and singing dancing aliens. And while his music is brooding enough to tickle the typically austere tastes of The Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano (he blessed last year The spinning wheel with a rare 10), the strongest impression of her songs is that she has fun living. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 503-284-4700, startheaterportland.com. 9 p.m. $20. 21+.

SUNDAY OCT. 29:

Music by Ash Gutierrez sword airs from a universe where Playboi Carti is a former hip-hop statesman, where Panic! At the Disco is classic rock, and where formative high school experiences unfold over Zoom – the world of a 17-year-old in 2022, which is exactly what it is. Still, he has an interesting, conservative quirk: He dresses like he’s just rolled off the assembly line at Motown Charm School. If he brings back performers getting dressed before going on stage, he can retire knowing he’s done something good in this world. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 503-284-8686, wonderballroom.com. 8 p.m. $25. All ages.

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