Rock & Roll | Punk | Experimental/Other

Every year, Portland alt-weekly Willamette Week polls scores of local scenesters to determine the best new band or artist in town. This year, the winner of that contest was Lithics, an icy art-punk quartet with guitars set to slice and dice. The band’s 2016 album Borrowed Floors is a dancing fountain of musical parts that intertwine into a whole that’s both mesmerizing and challenging. Layer on Aubrey Hornor’s dead-eyed vocals and you’ve got something that could splinter your skull if you stare at it for too long. Devo meets Sleater-Kinney? Yup. Believe it.

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