THE GO-GO'S, GIRL IN A COMA
(Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon) Round up the ladies! The Go-Go's are in town for a concert at the Oregon Zoo, making for a truly magical "beauty and the beat/beast" moment. Thirty years after they made you squee in pre-pubescence to "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," Belinda Carlisle & Co. are still rockin' their girly California charm. COURTNEY FERGUSON
PHIFE DAWG, LUCK-ONE, THE LOVE LOUNGERS
BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!,
THE SIDEKICKS, THE TAXPAYERS,
THE BIG SLEEP
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Never mind those rude boy bones rattling away inside the closet of Bomb the Music Industry! The New York band has long since outgrown their ska-core roots and established themselves as a supremely worthy successor to the unclaimed seat atop the DIY punk heap (left vacant by another exclamation-happy band, Against Me!). Restlessly evolving along the way, BTMI has gradually shifted from an act whose fervent punk devotion often overshadowed their music (their "Bring Your Own Band" tours let instrument-toting fans join frontman Jeff Rosenstock on stage), to a honest-to-goodness musical force to be reckoned with. Heaping choruses atop songs that feel like they are unraveling with each and every passing second, BTMI should be proud of this year's anthem-laden Vacation, a recording that will tickle the fancy of any discerning Titus Andronicus fan, or Thermals loyalists looking for their new Hutch Harris. EAC
QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL: LUCKY DRAGONS, CHRISTINE SHIELDS, STEPHEN MALKMUS, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER, CHRIS KAUP
(Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) The new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album is absolutely terrific; hands down his finest solo release to date. But, as these things often work, it's still too early to talk about the Beck-produced Mirror Traffic, which won't dominate your turntable (or iTunes playlist) until its August 23 release date. As part of the Quiet Music Festival, there is no telling what Malkmus will play (the softer songs from Mirror Traffic? Pavement's "Silent Kit"? Quiet Riot?), but chances are it'll be soft on volume yet heavy on impact. Other notable billmates include experimental Los Angeles outfit Lucky Dragons, and the vivid soundscapes of Dragging an Ox through Water, whose hushed vocal delivery and unique arrangements seem tailor-made for an event like this. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
SAPIENT, DEBASER, IAME, HALFMANHALF, MR. MR.
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Look to your left, now look to your right. Chances are someone in your vicinity is part of the massive Sandpeople crew. But unless you are standing in the bedroom of Sapient (and if you are, um, congratulations?), you still might be unaware of the sheer depth and creativity that thrives within Portland's mightiest beats and rhymes collective. A substantial departure from his breakthrough solo disc Barrels for Feathers, the just-released Tusks! is the first volume of a series of recordings (under the umbrella title, Eaters) in which Sapient expands on the hiphop narrative and offers something beyond your standard collection of braggadocio verses and neck-exercising beats. Tusks! resides in that cozy middle ground between instrumental hiphop (think Madlib's Beat Konducta Vol 1—2: Movie Scenes) and beat-driven indie rock (think Ratatat). It's not your standard hiphop disc, which is exactly the point. EAC
DOC MARTIN, TOM MITCHELL, BRAD VACHAL
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Tonight legendary Doc Martin is celebrating 25 years as a house music DJ. He's been at the forefront of the house music movement since the pre-internet days, making his name at a time when the only way to access the house sound was at underground raves or through hard-to-find mixtapes. After independently releasing a series of DJ mixes on cassette in the early '90s, Martin found distribution through the influential Moonshine Music and DMC Publishing labels. By the early 2000s, he was picked to produce a mix for London's Fabric imprint—the ultimate badge of honor for a DJ. Throughout his career Martin has talked about the dance floor as an equalizer and a safe haven free of divisions based on race, income, orientation, and his ability to connect with crowds and reinforce this sentiment has made Doc Martin beloved worldwide and synonymous with American DJ culture. AVA HEGEDUS
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