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  • Jul 5-11, 2006
  • Vol. 25, No. 23

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  • Flowing bodily fluids and a surreal sort of evil
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  • Flowing bodily fluids and a surreal sort of evil

    Vancouver's metal czar employs two vocalists for double the theatrical impact. Cam Pipes goes for the operatic histrionics, allowing his voice to alternately soar to the Rob Halford heavens and gnash tales of beasts with distain. His fiery falsettos compliment Jamie Hooper, who doesn't scream as much as inhale deeply and unleash an inhumanly demonic storm gale, texturizing the songs with aggressive brutality. The instrumentation is no less bruising, as lyrics of bloodlust and violence find action in galloping warhorse riffs and a fierce rhythm section. 3 Inches of Blood perform with Matador Records' metal mavens on Thursday, July 6, at Slim's at 9 p.m. Admission is $13; call 255-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com for more info. Your Children Placate You From Premature Graves, the singer matter-of-factly loops the line "You have no choice," as if giving in to no escape is the only path toward freedom from disillusionment. Prepare to be reprogrammed when the group celebrates its quarter-century anniversary on Saturday, July 8, at Slim's at 9 p.m. Admission is $16-$18; call 522-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com for more info.

    Gender identity and uncomfortable intimacy are just hazy phrases for Portland's to knead into song. The band's recent release, Safe as Houses, traverses themes of sex and shame from various perspectives, sung by a male (Zac Pennington) with a fragile falsetto. Surrounded by hauntingly minimal electronic pop, Pennington threads together tales of complicated nocturnal encounters that lead down dark alleyways to stillborn sisters and unexpected suicides. The Girls are rounded out (on CD; the live setup changes) by two other talented Northwest players, Jherek Bischoff and Sam Mickens of The Dead Science, and together they create crestfallen lullabies with woodwinds, glockenspiels, keyboards, and other celestial instrumentation. Houses is equal parts unnerving and stirring in its explicit vulnerability. Catch the Parenthetical Girls when they perform on Monday, July 10, at the Hemlock at 6 p.m. Admission is $6; call or visit www.hemlocktavern.com for more info.

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