WU-TANG CLAN, DEAD PREZ, PERFECT GIDDIMANI, ROMAIN VIRGO, IKRONIK, MADGESDIQ, & MORE
(Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill) Try to top this hiphop lineup: Wu-Tang Clan and Dead Prez. Oh, that's right. You can't. Yes, there are a ton of other performers at Refuge tonight, but shit: Seeing the legendary Wu-Tang and the ever-impressive Dead Prez in a single night? As Dead Prez once said, "Hell yeah." ERIK HENRIKSEN
RIGSKETBALL KICKOFF: AND AND AND, THE NO TOMORROW BOYS, GRANDPARENTS, CHARTS, OLD AGE, THE WOOLEN MEN, MOJAVE BIRD
(Plan B 1305 SE 8th) What's Rigsketball? It's the basketball hoop that local band And And And have attached to their tour van, and the bracket for this summer's Rigsketball tourney is announced tonight, pitting Portland's best bands against each other in a series of pickup games across the city. At the kickoff show tonight, see seven great bands, all for free! NED LANNAMANN
TALKDEMONIC, WILD ONES, HOUNDSTOOTH
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) This is a homecoming show for Talkdemonic, who return to us having played several shows around the country with a little band called Modest Mouse. The duo of Kevin O'Connor and Lisa Molinaro have quietly established themselves as a tour de force amid myriad talents our city offers, bringing a completely unique and necessary contribution to the musical atmosphere. On albums such as their latest, Ruins, and in jaw-dropping live performances, the band has been honing their chops for nearly a decade and now present one of the most polished and powerful acts on the local scene. With O'Connor behind the drum kit and Molinaro delivering evocative sounds on the viola, Talkdemonic crafts music that is exuberant, playful, and, above all else, stunningly beautiful. MARANDA BISH
THE LOWER 48, DEATH SONGS, BROTHERS YOUNG
(The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell) Usually I'm quick to judge yearning, soft, pretty music as corny, but I'll make exceptions when music is as sincere and delicate as this. The young and vibrant, Minneapolis-born/Portland-based folk outfit the Lower 48 has been getting songs stuck in my head (and heart, as much as I hate to admit it) since last year's full-length release Where All Maps End. Highlights from the album include familiar acoustic instrumentation and polite vocals on songs like "Traveling Tune" that nod to Sufjan Stevens' early work, and enchanting pop melodies on "Into the Woods." I got a sneak peek of a very promising unreleased track "Rabbit Hole" that makes a departure from simple, sweet folk to more chamber-meets-psych (i.e., a more Portland sound). Take that, Midwest—they're ours now! ROCHELLE HUNTER
THE CASUALTIES, NEKROMANTIX, DOWN BY LAW, LOWER CLASS BRATS, THE SHEDS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Dave Smalley might be the only consistent band member for the on-again, off-again punk-life collective Down by Law, but his pedigree alone seems enough to sustain the group through shifting incarnations. As a member of seminal punk crew Dag Nasty (along with a pre-Bad Religion, post-Minor Threat Brian Baker), and as the original lead singer of Descendents offshoot All, Smalley is a walking messiah in some circles. Topping out in the '90s punk explosion that birthed the mainstream adoration of shitty groups like the Offspring, Down by Law's Punkrockacademyfightsong was an explosive touchstone of emotive, funny, fine-tuned punk. After a hiatus ended in 2009, the band signed with a new label and is expecting a new full-length this August. DBL will be sandwiched between a cornucopia of past-due punkers on this bill, which seems fitting; no one ever really knew where they belonged. RYAN J. PRADO
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