KURTIS BLOW, DESTRO, L PRO, ROCKET ONE, BROWN CAESAR, OZROC, DJ SPARK
(Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne)If you need an idea of how long Kurtis Blow has been making hiphop history, the Harlem emcee had his first hit (1979's "Christmas Rappin'") three years before Lil Wayne was even born. Blow is the man from the oldest of old school, the rapper behind "The Breaks," and a true legend of the genre. Pay your respect, youngster. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
PETER WOLF CRIER, RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR, LITTLE HURRICANE
ICARUS THE OWL, LIGHTS OUT DANCING, ASTEROID M, THE LAST DEPARTMENT
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Where have you been all my life, Icarus the Owl? The local quartet flew—owl pun, I'm awesome at my job!—under my radar for far too long, but that ends with the release of the Qualia EP, the follow-up to 2009's The Spotless Mind. An explosive and masterfully crafted exercise in precision post-rock, Qualia channels the energy of the earliest work of Minus the Bear—sans the self-referential jokes and distracting song titles—and the passionate gushing of Thursday. The intersection of math rock and late-'90s emo is not sacred territory by any stretch of the imagination, but Icarus the Owl do a commendable job of creating a sound that feels relevant among the stale output of their peers. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
PIGEONS, SCRIMSHANDER, WAX FINGERS
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Pigeons' debut record, The Talking Wire, is easily one of the best local releases of late, each song confidently testing the boundaries of garage rock and Americana. For that reason, you could clumsily shuffle them under the "experimental" rug with your mukluks, but that title does them absolutely no justice. Justin Ready's hoarse wail, even at its most intense, is lightly sweetened by Angie Kuzma's violin, reeling along throughout most of the songs' melodies, and when the whole band is in the throes, the raw energy of their music is overwhelming. And captured to tape, no less! Which is damned near impossible to do. RAQUEL NASSER
OLD-TIME MUSIC GATHERING
(Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th) If you have even the slightest inclination toward old-time music—that revival of the acoustic-based bluegrass, blues, folk, country, and gospel that more or less became the groundwork for almost every kind of American song-based music to come since—then the Scottish Rite Center is where you're going to want to spend your weekend. Throughout the building's three floors and five different performance spaces, visiting and local pluckers, pickers, fiddlers, and grinners will perform, workshop, and jam. Since $15 ($10 in advance) gets you in the door each day, there's definite bang-for-your-buck factor, and if you're the kind of person who just can't get enough square dancing, you'll probably spend more minutes this weekend promenading than the rest of the winter combined. The Portland Old-Time Music Gathering stretches beyond the weekend to different venues around town; visit bubbaguitar.com for the full schedule. NED LANNAMANN
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, CHRIS CONLEY, LADY DANVILLE
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) It’s been 10 years since Dashboard Confessional released Swiss Army Romance, a record that was basically the diary of every heartbroken kid in America, turned into sensitive acoustic songs about how confusing and horrible both love and life can be. At the time, you either loved or hated Dashboard Confessional for the heart that frontman Chris Carrabba unapologetically wore on his sleeve, with lyrics like, “Your hair, it’s everywhere/Screaming infidelities and taking its wear.” So if you drank the Kool-Aid and you care enough to attend the show, tonight will be either a satisfying dip into a pool of comfortable nostalgia, or an unbearable evening of embarrassment that forces you to reflect on all the unrequited crushes, relationships, and records on which you wasted your time, forcing you to ask, “What the fuck was I thinking?” MEGAN SELING
A complete listing of this week's show can be viewed here.
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