Tonight's Show Suggestions

Efterklang, courtesy Rasmus Weng Karlsen

Raphael Saadiq plays Showbox at the Market tonight at 8 p.m., for $23; for more on that, go read Brian Barr's feature on him.

There's also the Patsy Cline tribute at Columbia City Theater tonight, which our lovely Rocket Queen wrote about in her column this week.

Efterklang, a Danish band that sometimes features Portland dweller Peter Broderick (who will also play a solo set tonight), appear at Nectar Lounge this evening. Their most recent album, Parades, is a sumptuous pop opus (though some of the songs sound more like funeral dirges than parade music), and I can attest to the quality of their awesome live shows as well. If you're on the fence, you can download some of the band's music on their website. Awesome local pop band The Kindness Kind opens. That show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $10.

Brujeria, Skarp, Owen Hart, Super Happy Story Time Land at El Corazon, $22, all ages

Brujeria released its debut album Matando Güeros in 1993, before the advent of widespread Internet information dissemination. So when the group's label Roadrunner characterized its members as "Satanic, murderous drug dealers" and bilingual fans translated the violent lyrics ("Matando Güeros" = "Killing Whites," a title reinforced by an album cover depicting a decapitated head held by an off-camera hand), listeners naturally regarded this masked band with fear and awe. Eventually, researchers pulled down Brujeria's bandanas, figuratively speaking, and the realization that these guys weren't witchcraft-practicing criminals (and some weren't even Mexican) disillusioned those who wanted to believe that real, exotic metal evil exists. For others, the musicians' prestigious identities more than offset the lost mystique. The death-grind outfit's current lineup includes Carcass' Jeffrey Walker ("El Cynico," on bass), Napalm Death's Shane Embury ("Honcho," on guitar), and former Cradle of Filth drummer Adrian Erlandsson ("Podrido"). Little is known about Juan Brujo, but recent performances have confirmed this ferociously guttural singer is in fact human, not a grizzly trained to growl in Spanish. ANDREW MILLER

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