Live Bands

Slaughter Daughters, Mama Doll, Ian L. Miles

When: Sat., May 3, 10 p.m. 2014

They call what they do “gothgrass.” Listen for one minute to the haunting noise that Bend, Oregon-based Ariana Celestine, Cecilia Raheb and Sterling Dorrell produce, and that label becomes astonishingly accurate. There’s banjo and scrubby fiddle searing through the instrumentation, powerful alto vocals and lyrics longing to make you contemplate the human condition; everything the term “gothgrass” should be. Slaughter Daughter sound hungry to make music louder, faster and more explosive as each measure passes in their music. Here, angsty female singer-songwriter merges with Tex-Mex country and ghostly bluegrass.

Laura Johnson

Price: $5