GIRLS GOING SINGLE: A NIGHT OF GIRL GROUP 45s: DJ HG WALLS, DJ FUZZBOXX, BEYONDADOUBT
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Fact: The girl groups of the 1960s made some of the most flawless recordings in music history. Enjoy them to exclusion of everything else at Girls Going Single, a free night of girl-group 45s with special guest DJ Beyondadoubt. MARJORIE SKINNER
LEWI LONGMIRE BAND, GRAVEL
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) One of the most ubiquitous and charismatic musicians around town, Lewi Longmire has played with nearly every able-bodied picker in Portland. Longmire's namesake band—a trio rounded out by Ned Folkerth on drums and Bill Rudolph on bass—have released their third album, Tales of the Left Coast Roasters, on vinyl (along with a digital download card, which is printed on seeded paper so you can plant it after you're done downloading the record). It's a platter of rustic Americana with some classic-rock electricity and a smattering of West Coast hippiedom for good measure. Free-wheelin' country-folk numbers sit beside peppy, Petty-esque rockers, and it all sounds great—probably even better after a joint or two. But Roasters' best parts are the guitar solos; when Longmire lets it rip on the six-string as Folkerth and Rudolph hold it down behind him, the band starts shedding sparks like a freshly lit firecracker. NED LANNAMANN
MUDHONEY, UNNATURAL HELPERS, TOM PRICE DESERT CLASSIC, NON
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Even after 23 years in the rock biz, Mudhoney are not even close to resting on their grunge-god laurels. The members may be in their 40s, but they continue to tear it up onstage like dudes half their age. Must be their vegan diets and prodigious wheatgrass juice consumption... With a back catalog loaded with fuzz-bombed, adrenaline-maximizing rockers, Mudhoney can easily give you two hours of vein-bulging showmanship, even at this late date. Unnatural Helpers, featuring singing drummer Dean Whitmore, deliver short, sharp garage-rock gems to which you can shout along instantly. At once tight and ramshackle, UH's songs sting memorably and exit way before you want them to. DAVE SEGAL
(Various locations in St. Johns; complete info at nofest.net) The No.Fest began in 2008 as a small-scale music festival—it has since expanded its reach of the random to encompass fencing, Indian dancing, puppets, multimedia art, and magic by one "Wizardo Stardust." It's a weekend that spans the gamut of fun, all nestled in cozy St. Johns. JENNA LECHNER
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