The show was opened by Mighty Misc, who is releasing an album of his own at Mississippi Pizza this sunday for FREE. I just met Mighty recently and if all goes according to plan I'll be producing his next project,so stay tuned!
Abadawn killed it, doing his current set for the last time, so I'm glad I got to see that! He also punched Zach Galifinakis in the face on stage. true story.
Hives Inquiry Squad brought the usual vibed-out counterpoint to all the angry rap. if you haven't seen Gavin Theory and Lucas Dix perform, it's something totally different. I could write a whole post about why Hives' approach is refreshing, and i will soon!
Finally, Dck Vnngt took the stage and brought their brand of relentless apocalyptic rap to Portland. Reminiscent of artists like El-P, Rob Sonic, and Sole, it would be a disservice to simply say Dck Vnngt "sounds like" any of those artists, as their sound is definitely an evolution thereof. Their beats (which are made by both Sloth and Bloodmoney) are harsh, heavily layered, and droning, and their lyrics are complex and rambling. The lyrical content is apocalyptic and rebellious, which is perhaps more relevant now than in a long time. My one complaint would be that their flow is often lacking phrasing, and combined with the droning beat it's a bittoo relentless and hard to follow for my taste. But that's just one man's opinion, and those who's ears are used to metal, for example, might crave that doomed-out relentlessness.
(sorry i couldn't get a decent pic of Dck Vnngt to save my life)
To wrap up a post that's too long already, I will say this: Dck Vnngt is a welcome addition to Portland's scene for the simple fact that they do something much different than most cats. So take a wild on the doomed side and check out Mrdr Dth Kll on Bandcamp (I scooped a limited edition copy from the show.. actually Abadawn kind of accidentally gave me one during his set).
(footnote - i missed onry ozzborn's set unfortunately, but check him out too if you're unfamiliar).