DOOMTREE, SAPIENT, SIMS, LAZERBEAK, CECIL OTTER, P.O.S., MIKE MICTLAN, DESSA
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) With the likes of P.O.S., Dessa, Lazerbeak, and more, Minneapolis' Doomtree collective is without peer. Their exploratory and exciting approach to rap is both the product of a tightly knit musical family and its individual members' fiercely unique personalities. Doomtree's many tendrils have brushed up against all corners of the indie music scene, but tonight's the chance to see the crew intact and in action. NED LANNAMANN
JESSIE BAYLIN, THE WATSON TWINS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Jessie Baylin.
GREGORY MILES HARRIS, AUDIE DARLING, STEVEN THE CELLO GUY
(The Waypost, 3120 N Williams) I first heard Audie Darling's music in a public place and found myself caught off guard, wondering what beauty was gracing my ears. It turned out to be her 2009 album Full of Ghosts, a lovely collection of Americana-inspired songs with Darling's endearing voice as the centerpiece. Recorded at Adam Selzer's venerable Type Foundry studios with the assistance of a gaggle of local performers, Darling has clearly found the sonic camaraderie so common to Portland. Coming from a family of musicians in Nashville, her savvy and comfort with the medium is apparent, and her delivery rings with a bittersweet knowingness. Her return to Portland with a spattering of performances comes on the heels of completing a new album in Nashville. MARANDA BISH
JEREMY JAY, SEAPONY, GHOST ANIMAL
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Jeremy Jay will give you slow, body-swaying melodies, crooning and forlorn "oohs" and "ahhs," all while unfalteringly holding your attention hostage. Jay is promoting his new album Dream Diary, a collection of songs that holds true to his history of single guitar and percussion sounds often accompanied by ethereal and faraway-sounding vocals. This show won't be a sit-down, sip-your-drink-and-take-it-all-in kind of evening, though—if you don't want it to be, that is. Though Jay's music is on the slower side, the beats are crisp and you can't help moving around a little while you listen. ELENA BUCKLEY
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