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Summer Cannibals
Summer Cannibals

Much like life and politics, this week’s music news brings you a mix of good and bad, light and dark. First, the happy: Portland’s Summer Cannibals nearly stole the show opening for The Thermals last spring at Hi-Fi Music Hall. And now the sludgy, motorcycle-punk trio has announced its return 8 pm Saturday, Jan. 14, at WOW Hall. Summer Cannibals tour behind their latest LP Full of It, out now on Kill Rock Stars, and behind her girlish demeanor, singer and vocalist Jessica Boudreaux brings a ferocious guitar style and charismatic, high-energy stage presence. Joining Summer Cannibals is another of 2016’s hottest new acts, Seattle’s Gazebos, touring behind their Hardly Art debut Die Alone. Mark your calendars.

Next, the sad: Longtime Whiteaker venue Wandering Goat has announced effective January first it will no longer host live music. A Facebook post cites increased venue competition in the area and a change in direction by ownership. All other aspects of Wandering Goat business remain strong. Having too many venues is not a bad problem to have, Eugene. Keep supporting live music. And thank you Wandering Goat for supporting bands off the beaten path.

But before Wandering Goat hangs up the PA system, catch Portland post-hardcore/prog/post-rock act Hang The Old Year, celebrating the vinyl release of its first 12-inch, The Incessant Hum, out Black Friday (aka Nov. 25) on Eugene label Flossless Audio. Hang The Old Year plays with Eugene’s Entrail and Senza 8 pm Tuesday, Nov. 29; $5, 21-plus.

Support live music on Black Friday: Cottage Grove’s Axe & Fiddle pub has a great double ticket with the Ben Allen Band and Thea! 8:30 pm Friday, Nov. 25. The Ben Allen Band is an upbeat five-piece modern country outfit with just enough twang on raucous covers of “Wagon Wheel” and Johnny Cash classics, as well as originals. In fine juxtaposition, Thea! is an ethereal, jazzy, indie-soul goddess from San Diego. FREE. Over at Sam Bond’s Garage 9:30 pm the same night is a classic Eugene show with perennial local favorites Mood Area 52, Ferns and Birdie Jo; $5.