GRIMES, BORN GOLD, SWAHILI
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on Grimes.
SCOUT NIBLETT, PRIVACY, TOM BLOOD, JORDAN DYKSTRA
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Scout Niblett is one of Portland's quieter musical residents, especially considering that her quirky soft-grunge is one of our best assets. Rarer still is an appearance by husky-voiced folk singer Laurel Knapp, AKA Privacy; this could easily be your one shot this year to catch her. MARJORIE SKINNER
THE BUDOS BAND, MONTELL SPINOZZA
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) For seven years, the Budos Band have been giving hope to band nerds everywhere: One day, when the braces come off and the acne fades, that trombone might actually be a catalyst, rather than an encumbrance, to getting laid. With the grimiest sounding horns and the tightest percussion, the Budos have created a fantasy of the urban underbelly that sounds sexy and cinematic rather than in need of an intervention. Though it's possible to detect an ever-so-slight trajectory toward rock, their Afro-funk-soul albums are otherwise interchangeable, each just as fiercely efficient as the last. This isn't a criticism, because their songs are never anything but a pleasure to have in your ears. The real mystery is that 10 obvious perfectionists could translate such composed instrumentals into live shows resembling the most gloriously dissolute dance parties. REBECCA WILSON
PROFESSOR GALL'S MARDI GRAS BALL: 82ND AVENUE BRASS BAND, MARACABOOM
(Secret Society, 116 NE Russell) Promising the purest slice of New Orleans funk this side of the Mississippi, the 82nd Avenue Brass Band, junkyard folkster Professor Gall, and MaracaBOOM! invite you to throw on a feathered mask and dance your ass down to Russell Street for Mardi Gras. Plus, New Orleans-style food and drink specials, and free tambourines for all! ALISON HALLETT
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