BLITZEN TRAPPER, DAWES, THE BELLE BRIGADE
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Hometown heroes Blitzen Trapper politely loop through Portland after a tour spent spreading their eclectic folk-country-whatever through the wilds of the Midwest. Tonight they team up with LA-based folk rockers Dawes. They're co-headlining, now, so no competition about which band is better. (Ahem: Beat LA! Beat LA!) SARAH MIRK
THE APPLESEED CAST, HOSPITAL SHIPS, THE HAGUE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) If you listened to the Appleseed Cast 10 years ago, you likely were staring at the ceiling of your dorm room, wondering whether your heart would ever feel whole again. Possibly you were wearing black eyeliner at the time. It didn't occur to you that both you and they would outgrow emo or that the Kansas-based quartet would become post-rock innovators. Their 2009 LP, Sagarmatha, and their 2001 EP, Middle States, features mushy, unintelligible vocals and gorgeous guitars, but the freewheeling bass and drum arrangements are the real secret weapon. Best yet, they're on tour with Hospital Ships, a highly enjoyable band who are probably tired of being compared to the Flaming Lips. REBECCA WILSON
A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN, BENOÎT PIOULARD, KEN CAMDEN
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Chicago label Kranky has been fostering excellent highbrow, exploratory music for 18 years. This package bill of its artists—note the early 6 pm showtime—features Portland's minimalist art-pop auteur BenoÎt Pioulard; stately, Stars of the Lid-affiliated, orchestral-drone maestros A Winged Victory for the Sullen (with the ACME String Ensemble); and Ken Camden. The latter's home-recorded 2010 gem Lethargy & Repercussion offers a half-dozen third-eye-stunning pieces of guitar mesmerism. Think the sparse astral drifts of Spacemen 3's Dreamweapon crossed with the desert-mirage drones of Psychic Ills and Don Cherry's "Malkauns." This is a new breed of sacred music drained of all sanctimony, and it's hella rich. DAVE SEGAL
ILLMACULATE, THE SAURUS, GOLDINI BAGWELL, MIKEY VEGAZ
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Illmaculate made his name in the game as a freestyle battle rapper, both as a Scribble Jam champion and back-to-back winner of Grindtime's World Rap Championship. He's since built upon that buzz by collaborating with supergroup Sandpeople, countless guest spots on other projects, as well as The Green Tape—a project with producer G_Force, AKA Calvin Valentine, which was released earlier this year. Tonight is the hometown stop on Illmac's West Coast tour, coming off the recent release of his free Skrill Walton EP. While the tracks are ostensibly extra material that didn't make the cut for the much-anticipated Skrill Talk full-length, as a standalone body of work it ranks among the top local releases of the year, which is sure to impress his loyal international fanbase and continue to put Portland on the map. RYAN FEIGH
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