MUSICFESTNW: THE KILLS, ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER, MINI MANSIONS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Portland's annual multi-day MusicfestNW kicks off tonight with a handful of killer shows—none more kill-ish than the Kills. DON'T miss the inhumanly cool duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince flaunting their damaged, sexy, tightly coiled rock noir in front of us mere mortals. NED LANNAMANN
MUSICFESTNW: CROOKED FINGERS, SEAN FLINN AND THE ROYAL WE, KELLY BLAIR BAUMAN, THE HELIGOATS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Celebrate the official kickoff of Eric Bachmann Week (also known as MusicfestNW) as the raspy-voiced singer starts his double shift in Portland. Tonight he'll be singing new songs for the old drunks at Bunk Bar, and later this week he'll make all my dreams come true by fronting a reinvigorated and reunited Archers of Loaf. Then he'll probably get the key to the city and then be awarded a novelty-sized check in appreciation for his contribution to the indie arts. Of course, it's hard for tonight's show to not be overshadowed by the AOL reunion, but please—for the love of God—do not walk away from Crooked Fingers. Their forthcoming Breaks in the Armor is Bachmann's finest work since '05's Dignity and Shame, and while his back catalog is damn near impeccable, it's safe to say Bachmann's best work still lies ahead of him. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
MUSICFESTNW: CORIN TUCKER BAND, HURRY UP, HUNGRY GHOST
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's a shame that Corin Tucker Band's 1000 Years hasn't quite garnered the same level of fawning praise as Wild Flag. The pair of acts to emerge from the ashes of Sleater-Kinney are both stellar, and while CTB might lack the indie all-star power of Carrie Brownstein's latest vehicle, their namesake more than makes up for it on their inspired debut. Joining this bill—which is like a mid-'90s Olympia reunion—is Hungry Ghost (the latest from Unwound, and CTB, drummer Sara Lund) and Hurry Up, a side project of the Thermals that swaps frontman Hutch Harris for Bangs' Maggie Vail and should not be confused with their other project, Harris' Forbidden Friends. EAC
LABELMATES: ARCHERS, ADVENTURES WITH MIGHT, DJ REMY MARC, CURTIS KNAPP, COMMUNITY LIBRARY DJS, DJ FRANK SUMATRA, DJ SCOTT SIMMONS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Kick it with the cool kids at Labelmates, Holocene's local record label fest, featuring Tender Loving Empire, Marriage Records, Apes Tapes, and other local labels. Browse records while DJs spin PDX tunes and catch up-and-coming rock groups Archers and Adventures with Might. ALEX ZIELINSKI
RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT, DENVER
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Eighty-year-old Elliot Charles Adnopoz has been ramblin' for more than half a century, telling stories and singing folk songs in a husky voice that some Minnesota kid named Robert Zimmerman carefully learned how to imitate. Ramblin' Jack Elliott is tied by the same threads that bind Woody Guthrie and Dylan together with the folk music traditions of this country, and he also is perhaps the embodiment of the direct conduit from folk to outlaw country, inspiring folks like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson along the way. Ramblin' Jack never wrote much in the way of his own material, which is maybe why he never quite achieved the legendary status of those he influenced, but the man's a singular titan of American music, and the opportunity to see him shouldn't be passed up lightly. NL
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