NUCULAR AMINALS, KOKO AND THE SWEETMEATS, STILL CAVES
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) The Know turns seven this week, so help it put on its big-boy pants with tonight's kickoff of a stream of shows that'll go clear to next Sunday. Local abstract-garagers Nucular Aminals headline, but get there in plenty of time for Koko and the Sweetmeats, a Seattle band whose latest, Sacrifice, is one of the best new things we've heard lately. NED LANNAMANN
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) At a robust 74 years old, the "King of the Surf Guitar" (AKA the "Father of Heavy Metal") Dick Dale continues to tour worldwide, stirring up musical tsunamis of sound. Armed with his famed Fender Stratocaster, Dale will certainly perform such fiery surf hits as "Misirlou," "Let's Go Trippin'," "Pipeline," and more—so asbestos clothing will certainly be in order. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
ABSTRACT RUDE, LIVING PROOF, SHAMES WORTHY, WINSTRONG & J THE SARGE, ZOO EFFORT, DJ ZOLE
(Indamix HQ, 1235 SW 16th) Los Angeles emcee Abstract Rude, born Aaron Pointer, comes to town with an all-ages stop on his Cali Love Tour. Despite his credentials as a veteran of venerable LA venue the Good Life as well as a co-founder of the Project Blowed workshop, Pointer is also well acquainted with Northwest hiphop. His most recent full-length, 2009's Rejuvenation, found the California native collaborating exclusively with Seattle beatsmith Vitamin D, while 2011 found him lending vocals to tracks from local groups Animal Farm and Living Proof, the latter of whom also performs tonight. In addition to spots from a cadre of Cali's finest, most notably underground legend Shames Worthy, this event doubles as the Portland premiere of the skateboard movie Creepin for Life from Natural Koncept. RYAN FEIGH
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