ROBYN, MALUCA, NATALIA KILLS
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Just before the third EP in her Body Talk trilogy drops, you can be there to see Robyn shake the house down with some of the best (and of course, Swedish) pop music of the past decade. MARJORIE SKINNER Also read our article on Robyn.
BLONDE REDHEAD, ÓLÖF ARNALDS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Arguably one of the sexiest bands in existence, Blonde Redhead has been glamorously plugging away since the early '90s, most notably on 2004's brilliant Misery Is a Butterfly. (They also found time to score the D&D doc The Dungeon Masters.) On their newest, Penny Sparkle, Kazu Makino's vocals are as transfixingly haunting as ever. ALISON HALLETT
GREG DULLI, SHAWN SMITH
Willy Vlautin, Luck-One, Pantyraid, Hornet Leg, and Attack Attack!, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) On October 22, Raul Ugalde—frontman for Portland Latin-rock band Caguama, and all-around great guy—unexpectedly passed away at the age of 30. Caguama's music was a remarkable blend of a vast number of influences, including Mexican norteÑo and corrido, and American punk and country. Ugalde remained a one-of-a-kind performer in the musically rich but often white-bread Portland music scene. Tonight, a group of amigos—including Ugalde's Caguama bandmate Freddy Trujillo, plus Richmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin, and plenty more—comes together to perform a fundraiser for members of Ugalde's family. It will be a stirring, emotional remembrance of a huge talent that we lost far too soon. NED LANNAMANN
LUCK-ONE, SERGE SEVERE, ONLY ONE, LOGICS
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) The emergence of Luck-One in 2009 was a shining moment for homegrown hiphop. He's an emcee whose onstage skill behind the mic is equally as inspiring as the adversity he overcame in his tumultuous past. Sent to prison for a half-dozen years at the age of 17, Hanif Collins was born again as Luck-One, and Beautiful Music—his collaboration with Dekk—turned plenty of heads in Portland and beyond. Set to deliver his debut LP True Theory next year, Luck-One is eating dessert before dinner and releasing True Theory Outtakes tonight, a very strong seven-song EP of more than just a few throwaway tracks that didn't make the cut. At the tail end of "Shine So Bright," Sandpeople's Illmaculate says exactly what we are all thinking: "If this is the outtakes, just think of what the album's gonna be like." EZRA ACE CARAEFF
FLUX 2.0: PANTYRAID, VIBESQUAD, STARKEY, EMANCIPATOR, RAS G, SHLOMO, SHIGETO, DREWBOT 9000, NATASHA KMETO, ATE BIT
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Remember the good old days when the stairway between Branx and Rotture was always open and you could run up and down to check out the different music on each floor and find a shorter wait at the bar? Tonight you can relive the glory with Flux 2.0, the second installment of an annual art and electronic music event with a lineup so packed it requires two clubs. The night culminates with high-energy electro/glitch-hop/party beat sounds from heavy hitters like Pantyraid, Starkey, and Vibesquad. For those who prefer something more nuanced, Brooklyn's Shigeto will be there, hopefully with a sampling from his beautifully sophisticated album Full Circle, which was just released by Ghostly International last week. Speaking of sophisticated, Portland R&B and electronic producer/vocalist Natasha Kmeto represents the crÈme of the local crop—it will be worth your while to get there early to catch her soulful performance before the machines completely take over. AVA HEGEDUS
HORNET LEG, WESTERN HYMN, RIB CAGES
(The Saratoga, 6910 N Interstate) Reggae Fridays at the U&I Tavern are long gone—in fact, the U&I is long gone—but happily, the North Interstate dive has been transformed into the Saratoga and now hosts punk shows every weekend. If you haven't been yet, this Saturday is an ideal time to check it out, as Hornet Leg celebrates the release of their grabby new 12-inch record Still Life, out on Stankhouse Records. The project of the prolific Chris Sutton, Hornet Leg plays buzzing, bluesy numbers with plenty of garage grease. There's the Animals-y dirge-waltz "Ghost House," the vibrantly catchy title track, the knife-fight stop-and-start blitzing of "Those Kids," and the epic freakout of "In Love with Yourself." It's the best and most powerful Hornet Leg have ever sounded, so get yourself to the Saratoga and check 'em out in the beery confines of Portland's newest home for trash rock. NED LANNAMANN
ATTACK ATTACK!, PIERCE THE VEIL, IN FEAR AND FAITH, OF MICE & MEN
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Just a few days ago, Attack Attack! guitarist Johnny Franck quit the band via a confessional YouTube video (that says just about everything you need to know about this band). Citing a reason that no one should ever give for quitting rock and roll ("Being out on tour really damages my relationship with God... I put the band above God."), Franck walked away from the world's greatest (and only?) crabcore act, a ridiculous sub-genre of music named for the squatting, spread-legged rock poses of its members. Attack Attack!'s shameless butchering of the remnants of emo/screamo/hardcore is appalling, yet oddly compelling. Like a violent collision between Brokencyde's tour bus and Insane Clown Posse's clown car, the results are so wonderfully horrific that you can't quite look away. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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