WILD FLAG, THE THERMALS, EMA
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) If you haven't seen Wild Flag yet, now's your chance to catch the powerhouse of Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Mary Timony, and Rebecca Cole. And get there on time, too: The Thermals are on the bill, as is the majestically bleak noise rock of EMA. Rock 'n' roll thrills from start to finish. NED LANNAMANN
JOE PUG, BAILIFF, KASEY ANDERSON
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Joe Pug makes literate folk sound fresh again, plain and simple. His second full-length album, The Great Despiser, expands the grandeur of 2010's Messenger with fractured tales of the American dream and crisp arrangements full of texture. The Austin-by-way-of-Chicago singer/songwriter's quick rise to national consciousness is likely to receive another bump with the release of Despiser, as will the well-deserved perpetuation of Pug's fan-first ethos. His punk-rock propensity for keeping ticket prices low aside, Pug's music is made sweeter by the uplifting bent of his compositions. Take the album's title track, featuring backing vocals by the Hold Steady's Craig Finn, in which Pug pontificates on forgotten bonds and surfacing hope amid gritty guitars and plunky piano. RYAN J. PRADO
GRANDPARENTS, THE WE SHARED MILK, SURFS DRUGS, DJ TED
(Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) As another Portland summer impends, a fresh crop of local bands prepare to endear themselves to swooning, sun-drunk concertgoers, and tonight's lineup is a promising triumvirate of music makers who want to be your new favorite. The We Shared Milk are riding the tide of last fall's highly enjoyable EP SUH, marked by stylized vocals and tight-knit throwback instrumentation. Surfs Drugs, with a name both enticing and annoying, have been popping up on bills all over town lately, but unfortunately they don't have much of an internet presence to match. A search reveals more about their excitement for the upcoming season of Rigsketball (the tournament sport inaugurated last summer in which bands play three-on-three basketball games using a hoop attached to a traveling van) than any opportunity to hear their laidback, guitar-driven music—one long song on Soundcloud aside. Come on, guys. We're looking forward to Rigsketball, too—but give your potential fans something to go on! MARANDA BISH
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE,
THE BLUE ANGEL LOUNGE
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Since Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in 1990, the band's had fortysomething members come and go while making 11 studio albums, seven EPs, two live and four compilation records, and 15 singles. At a live show, you never know which version of the group you're gonna get—the neopsychedelic, the moody folk or country blues, the shoegaze, or, after 2010's Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?, the retro-electronic. The only consistency is the band's one constant member, Anton Newcombe. The capricious king of asshole geniuses never fails to deliver a wildly unpredictable performance. KELLY O
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