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MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES BLOCK PARTY: WORLD'S GREATEST GHOSTS, THE WE SHARED MILK, HELLO ELECTRIC, PORCHES & MORE
(SE 8th & Division) Show/art space PALS is throwing the Multiple Personalities Music Festival, with 16 bands—including And And And, Sons of Huns, and Turbo Perfecto—playing on two stages, plus a 21-and-over beer garden in the backyard. (Don't worry, the street is all ages.) Think of it as a huge house show... with a permit! SUZETTE SMITH
BLOOD BEACH, DARK ENTRIES, HAUSU
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Following the group's triumphant set at PDX Pop Now!, the shit-spook punk of Blood Beach has been committed to wax. Return of the Curse of the Creature's Ghost—brownie points if you can correctly identify which late-'90s HBO sketch comedy show its title comes from—is a freaky, unsettling, eight-song voyage into nausea and fear. Does that make it sound unpleasant? It's one of the wonders of Blood Beach that their Monks-y, art-damaged squall is at all times exhilarating and engaging—in fact, it's damn good fun. Their songs are dressed in snarling guitars, disgruntled puffs of sax, and Camella Weedon's horror-movie theremin; their tumbling rhythms approach krautrock's fervor while cheerfully ignoring its lockstep precision. The 12-inch Creature's Ghost is the kind of record that'll make all your other records sound lame in comparison, and tonight's free show is your first chance to get your hands on a copy. NED LANNAMANN
GRAND REOPENING: DJ AKBAR SAMI,
(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Named for the late Ted Papaioannou, who co-founded Berbati's with his brother in 1987, the newly reopened Ted's makes its proper debut with a bhangra extravaganza featuring India's Akbar Sami joined by San Francisco's Non Stop Bhangra. Tonight is also the kickoff of the Jai Ho! Bhangra Revolution, a monthly last-Saturday dance party. MARJORIE SKINNER
ARANYA, LICKITY, TOMBSTALKER
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) The amount of adjectives and genres that it would take to fully describe Aranya's eclectic (yet surprisingly cohesive) style could fill this entire paper. However, the quickest and easiest way to sum up the local quartet's sound would be to call it "ritualistic." With musical themes that seem to have been culled from the four members' subconscious during some mind-expanding-self-discovering, time-bending ceremony, Aranya's forthcoming Cutthroat Spiritual sets the tone immediately with thumping drums and vocalist Uta Plotkin's high priestess vocal wailings that evoke Nancy Wilson, Grace Slick, and Jinx Dawson. From there, the band concocts incantations with heavy stoner riffs, viola, mandolin, and minstrel-inspired segues that could leave you speaking in tongues.
PORTLAND QUEER MUSIC FESTIVAL: SISTAFIST, LA KENDALL, CJ AND THE DOLLS, SECRET SHOPPERS, NODDY, SLUTEVER & MORE
(Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark) Pride and music festivals have always been two things this city does well, so naturally the two come together for the first annual Portland Queer Music Festival. While it's lacking in marquee names (hurry up and come out of the closet, Ted Nugent!), you'll catch the tranny-pop of CJ and the Dolls, the high-tempo hiphop anthems of Sistafist, the Philly duo Slutever (Best. Name. Ever.), and too many more DJs and performers to list here. The best part, it's an all-day event and admission is a mere $3, or far less than a single shiny quarter per performer. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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