BON IVER, OTHER LIVES
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, OR) All hyperbole aside, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is a once-in-a-lifetime singer. Vernon's golden voice and tender songs have resonated with the masses in a way that few artists will ever experience. Tonight's show is way sold out, but you can always sit in the parking lot and bask in the glorious sounds. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
RADIATION CITY, BLOUSE, AAN
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Radiation City.
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) If you're expecting to see the 60-year-old former Modern Lover Jonathan Richman acting like a punk, a genre he helped to inspire, you'll be sorely disappointed. He quit acting, er, sounding like that way back in the '80s. Nevertheless, Richman is an inimitable songwriter and a sophisticate. His music's brattiness has been replaced by a beauty that's wildly eccentric and quietly refined. He might not sing "Roadrunner" or "Pablo Picasso"—two of the most recognizable Richman/Modern Lover anthems—but he will likely play acoustic guitar flawlessly, while dancing around and singing fluently in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. Punk's not dead—it just changed its tune. KELLY O
DURAN DURAN, NEON TREES
(Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) As much as the members of Duran Duran would probably like to dive into material from newer works like Red Carpet Massacre and All You Need Is Now, fans just want the hits. During the '80s these MTV pretties put style over substance only to get recognized for that substance, and there's plenty to choose from. "Planet Earth," "Girls On Film," "Hungry Like the Wolf," and "A View to a Kill" are all great songs backed by memorable videos. It's amazing enough that these guys are still around, let alone the fact that Duran Duran put out four records—that's four records—since 2000. Impressive. But please, just give us the hits. MARK LORE
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