PDXOXO: ANYA MARINA, EMMETT MONTGOMERY, MICHAEL LERNER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Musician Anya Marina wants to share her illicit love affair with Portland at her new variety show, PDXOXO, where she'll host a night of music, comedy, and film. Kooky Seattle comedian Emmett Montgomery lays down the laughs, while Michael Lerner of Telekinesis plays, and Spencer Gentz shows off his adorable roller-skating video of Marina's song "Notice Me." COURTNEY FERGUSON
TY SEGALL AND WHITE FENCE, NUCULAR AMINALS, YOUTHBITCH
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Ty Segall's been heralded by critics as the "next Jay Reatard" too many times to count, but the similarities are, for the most part, superficial. There's something distinctly Californian about Segall's songs and indolent style of singing, and his latest LP, last year's Goodbye Bread, displays more solo Lennon than Oblivians influence (chances are Segall would have picked up a guitar and begun cutting records even if that whole punk thing had never happened). But like Reatard, Segall is overwhelmingly prolific—he's been involved in more than 40 releases since his first in 2005, and his latest, a split LP with psychedelic pop band White Fence titled Hair, is one of his most consistent to date. MORGAN TROPER
INTO THE WOODS QUARTERLY: STAY CALM, ONUINU, GRAPEFRUIT, WHITE FANG, DJ SECRET KEBAB
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) A word of advice: Look your hottest for Into the Woods' latest showcase of live performances and music videos. The crew will be filming the show (footage for "an undisclosed project"), and you will definitely be on camera. Talk about meta. The surprisingly prolific documentary collective, who produce band videos for free, has curated a lineup featuring Stay Calm, Onuinu, DIY darlings White Fang, and the arpeggiated kosmische musik of Grapefruit, the latest guise of Charlie Salas Humara, whose record release party is in tandem with this show. ITW's videos can vary drastically in weirdness, as well as quality—which is not a criticism because, again, it's all done by volunteers. Their latest batch premieres tonight and includes Neal Morgan, Eleanor Friedberger, and YACHT in, naturally, a laser tag arena. REBECCA WILSON
GAUNTLET HAIR, YUKON BLONDE, DANA BUOY
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Summer Bodies, the debut album from Dana Buoy, is one of those happy records where you just can't decide which song you like best. They're all good! Dana Buoy—the alter ego of Akron/Family percussionist (and Portland dude) Dana Janssen—isn't the type of project one would expect from someone known best for his drumming. Sure, it's undeniably rhythmic, but not overly so—nor does Janssen go the Phil Collins route and ladle on the treacly piano ballads. Rather, he's made a tropical-tinged, supremely appealing collection of songs that's expansive, expressive, and emotionally personal, even as it reaches toward a communal universality. Janssen recognizes the intrinsic sturdiness of a simple phrase of melody, and his dreamy arrangements blow glowy, trippy smoke rings around 'em instead of obscuring them with busy work. Summer Bodies is a terrific record, and a more than worthy solo debut from a member of one of the most versatile, forward-looking bands of the past decade. NED LANNAMANN
COLIN STETSON, SARAH NEUFELD, GREGORY ROGOVE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) One could take the cynical route and say that avant-garde bass saxophone player Colin Stetson is well accepted in the zeitgeist because he's worked with acts like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver and is lauded by institutions like Pitchfork. Or one could simply listen to his music and have her or his mind blown. Stetson records with no loops or overdubs, and the utterly wondrous, alien compositions he creates are nothing like you've ever heard. GRANT BRISSEY
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