PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT: EXTREME DANCE PARTY EDITION
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Hometown sweethearts the Portland Cello Project are back with a two-night stand of the ass-shakingest show in town: their Extreme Dance Party Edition! Your fave club hits will be given a classical, cello-ized spin with help from guest singers Janet Weiss, Drew Grow, Bonfire Madigan, and more! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
PICA'S 16TH BIRTHDAY: THE MIRACLES CLUB, REPORTER, DJ NEW MOON PONCHO
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) It's a very special day, everybody: Portland's little contemporary art institute is growing up. PICA is throwing themselves a birthday party tonight to celebrate 16 years on the cutting edge of the art world—and the festivities include music from Reporter, the Miracles Club, and more. ALISON HALLETT
NEKO CASE, THE CAVE SINGERS
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) The last we heard from the finest voice in alt-country (and beyond), Neko Case was auctioning off the wheels made famous by Middle Cyclone. Case was a sword-wielding hood ornament on the '67 Mercury Cougar which adorned the cover her latest recording, and the auctioned auto raised cash for Dave Eggers' 826 National charity. Following that, Case covered the Zombies for a show about vampires (not the other way around), teaming with Nick Cave for a truly odd version of "She's Not There" for the True Blood soundtrack. Now seemingly on tour just for the hell of it, Case and company will take to the open-field splendor of Edgefield, a venue conducive to her sprawling sound. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
BOB DESPER, THE PARSON RED HEADS, OLD LIGHT, AERIAL RUN
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Last year, Bob Desper performed a once-in-a-lifetime show at the Woods to celebrate the vinyl re-release of his 1974 album New Sounds, originally pressed in a tiny run here in Portland. That forgotten record slowly accumulated large amounts of esteem over the years from collectors and avid fans of Desper's unique "loner folk" style. At the show last year, the singer/songwriter—blind since age 10—was unable to recreate the stunning, florid acoustic guitar work displayed on that album, due to a recent hand injury that seemed to put a permanent end to Desper's guitar-playing days. Against those odds, Desper (backed by guitarists Al James and Jon Neufeld of Dolorean) delivered a set of music that was among the most moving, heartwarming shows in recent memory, putting to rest the bummed-out folk of New Sounds in favor of new material that celebrated faith and life. Now Desper is playing guitar again, and New Sounds is being issued on CD for the very first time, making this show a can't-miss celebration of second chances. This is bound to be the most uplifting concert you'll see for a long while. NED LANNAMANN
SUPERFEST 333: DEELAY CEELAY, PURPLE AND GREEN, COPY, AROHAN, DJ E*ROCK, WILD ONES, PRESCRIPTION PILLS, SUPERNATURE DJS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) In its third year (or 333rd year, by their suspicious math) Superfest continues the tradition of throwing the finest live band, all-age, electronic dance party this city has ever seen. True to its name, Superfest hijacks your weekend with two nights of varied acts, including tonight's headliners, the endorphin-oozing happiness that we call Deelay Ceelay (who have recently been dormant while they work on new material), alongside the ridiculous party jams of Purple and Green. Saturday will feature one of the final Guidance Counselor shows (as frontman Ian Anderson segues into his new band/moniker, Feelings) and a set of slinking dance-floor burners from the boys in Strength. Also, there will be a "summer-themed" photo booth, so it won't kill you to tuck in your shirt and look respectable for once. EAC
THE ROSEBUDS, OTHER LIVES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Forget the kids, stay together for the band. Once a bouncy pop duo—now more a brooding pop duo—the Rosebuds are made up of real life couple Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp. Actually, make that ex-couple. The pair divorced after the release of Life Like in 2008, making the recording of LP number five, Loud Planes Fly Low, a difficult process (you think?). More complete than its predecessor, Loud Planes doesn't feel like a divorce album. Instead it graciously focuses on new beginnings, a lyrical clean slate for the band to build from. That's not to say their split numbed the pair; there are plenty of emotional jabs here, including Crisp's soft confession ("I need something happy now, even if it fucks me up") in the fascinating "Come Visit Me." Ignore the irreconcilable differences—this is the sound of the Rosebuds at their best. EAC
BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, TENNIS PRO, BLAST MAJESTY, YOUR RIVAL
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) On its new EP, Portland power-pop quartet Your Rival has found an immensely lovable sound, an ecstatic marriage between the shambling crunch of Pavement and the vocal-happy, pure-pleasure-center of solo McCartney. The result is that Seven Sparkling Children is one of the most immediately likable local releases in recent memory, packed with eager-to-please melodies up front and a charming acoustic wooziness on the EP's closing three tracks. Frontman Mo Troper (a former Mercury intern) has recorded previous Your Rival material largely on his own, but here he's rounded out with guitarist Jarret Domen, bassist Parker Johnson, and drummer Nate Sonenfeld. Headlining the show are vintage-pop preservationists Blue Skies for Black Hearts, whose newest album Embracing the Modern Age contains a bevy of great tracks that are more than worthy of your next mixtape. NL
BUBBLIN': HXDB, ILL COSBY, LINCOLNUP
(Crown Room, 205 NW 4th) HxdB (Hexadecibel) is a rising star among a small but standout crop of future beat musicians based in Vancouver, BC. Recent releases on Pinch's Tectonic imprint and Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label showcase HxdB's knack for incorporating a dizzying variety of genre influences into his sound. A recent collaboration with Atlanta bass producer Distal entitled "Typewriter Tune" opens like a minimal techno track, but soon quickly breaks down into a quirky interlude of typewriter sounds, which then slam into a seriously heavy bassline outlined with melodic dub elements. This is before the song glitches out into laser bass studded with chopped up vocal samples and finally closes with a more upbeat variation of its original bubbly opening. HxdB's most recent project, a compilation of up-and-coming artists on his own Gradient Audio label, demonstrates this same interest in fully exploring the range of styles and possibilities in the future beat movement. AVA HEGEDUS
(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Otis Heat are a rock and roll band. Simple as that, bare of gimmicks or neatly categorized subgenres. The Portland trio is releasing their dozen-song debut Yoon tonight at the space once known as Berbati's Pan. "Everybody Loves Me the Same Way" is Otis Heat at their best, a scorching guitar-rock number that has frontman Sean O'Neill reaching a level of bluesy howl not experienced since Jack White fell in love with a girl. Supposedly the band takes their moniker from a drifter that saved them following an automobile accident, thus joining Possum Dixon in the pantheon of bands named for mysterious criminals and roustabouts. EAC
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