LET IT RAIN: KELLI SCHAEFER, NAPALM BEACH, ANCIENT HEAT, ATOLE
(Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park) All good things must end, like the Oregon Rocks music exhibit at the Historical Society, but it's going out with a bang with the release of a compilation of current Oregon bands covering local legends. Throw some live music by Kelli Schaefer, Ancient Heat, and Napalm Beach on that party and you have a rager. COURTNEY FERGUSON
CURSIVE, UME, VIRGIN ISLANDS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on Cursive.
NATASHA KMETO, DANNY CORN,
THE GREAT MUNDANE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The title track from Natasha Kmeto's newest record, The Ache, is a meditation on an artist's struggle with her own ambition and process. It's a bold subject, considering how easily that type of thing can come off sounding corny or self-important. In the case of "The Ache," it comes off as poignant and relatable. Kmeto's delivery is remarkably sincere, and her lyrics are on par with the poetic introspection of high-end singer/songwriter fare. The weird and amazing thing is that her voice is a sultry R&B voice and her music is pure experimental electronics. It's like Flying Lotus meets PJ Harvey, but PJ Harvey sounds like Alicia Keys. To find that kind of soul and emotion lodged in the bizzaro, cutting-edge soundscapes of the future beat scene is something quite special. Also special: Tonight's release party for The Ache is free. Given Kmeto's current trajectory, that's probably not going to happen again. AVA HEGEDUS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Bob Mould's 2009 album Life and Times sounded like a man coming to terms with his own legacy, at turns churning out mature alt-rock and introspective punk-lite with timeless imagery and his singular vocal bravado. To be sure, the former HÜsker DÜ frontman has come a long way from the days of pioneering fuzzy hardcore on punk classic Zen Arcade or the fiery pop-punk of Sugar's Copper Blue. He'll be parlaying some of that grandfatherly insight via his current tour to support his new autobiography, See a Little Light. Expect an intimate affair with Mould alternately reading passages from the pages of his memoir, as well as strumming out impossibly catchy rock cuts from his extensive back catalog. RYAN J. PRADO
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