ANDAZ 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: DJ ANJALI AND THE INCREDIBLE KID, DJ REKHA
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) For 10 years, DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid have held down Andaz, the Bollywood and bhangra dance party that shows no sign of letting up. Celebrate their decade of Desi on the dance floors with their guest, NYC's DJ Rekha, the only DJ in the country with a longer-running bhangra dance night. NED LANNAMANN
SMASHED BLOCK PARTY: REDD KROSS, LONG KNIFE, QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT, DENT MAY, DEATH CHARGE, THRONES, & MORE
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Quintron and Miss Pussycat, the ever enigmatic and slightly macabre denizens of "swamp tech," grace Portland with their presence for East End's annual Smashed Block Party. Robert Rolston wails on keys and circuit-bent instruments often of his own design, as he's backed by collaborator and master puppeteer Panacea Pussycat, allowing for quite an interesting combination. A 2012 Grammy nomination for their cover of "Chatterbox" along with their recent release Sucre Du Sauvage, recorded live at the New Orleans Museum of Art, only adds to the duo's fire. Having been at it for over 15 years, a certain brand of polished excellence in the world of crossover performance shines through, and Quintron and Miss Pussycat's shows prove to be quite hypnotizing. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
LIARS, CADENCE WEAPON
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Twelve years into their existence, Liars have mastered their peculiar brand of accessible avant rock. Each new record slightly varies from the previous one, but through it all, Liars' music has somehow become more polished and stranger. Daniel Miller (AKA the Normal), the founder of Liars' label, Mute, produced their sixth album, WIXIW, and the result is their slickest to date, Liars at their electronic-poppiest. That being said, the trio haven't lost their lugubrious mystique or knack for brooding melodies and unusual textures, and falsetto-favoring vocalist Angus Andrews still exudes the affecting vulnerability for which he's known. Liars have gone on a very rewarding tangent at time in their career when most bands would be resting on their laurels or fading into oblivion. DAVE SEGAL
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, DAVE HAUSE
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) I don't usually define my favorite songs as guilty pleasures. I'm not ashamed of the music I like. Liking that one My Chemical Romance song that sounds like Queen doesn't make me a bad person (if you mumbled "Yes it does" to yourself just now, then you need to take a good look at the world and revisit what's important). So with that, I have no problem saying this: I like Gaslight Anthem. I don't like like them. I'm not going to go to this show and sing along and jump onstage pretending that I'm Courteney Cox and GA's Brian Fallon is Springsteen (although...). It's just that I have a thing for bands from Jersey—the Bouncing Souls, the Misfits, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females—and the Gaslight Anthem sound exactly like a band from Jersey. Or, at least, Jersey as we knew it, before idiotic orange alcoholics became the state's new mascot. MEGAN SELING
NEW CENTURY SCHOOLBOOK, TOWERING TREES, GRESHAM TRANSIT CENTER
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Since settling on the Towering Trees name in 2010, the Portland band has released a total of three consistently great records, which is more than most bands have in them, period. Their latest effort, Trees (presumably a companion to the EP they released earlier this year in March, entitled Towering) is their best-sounding little collection of songs yet. The self-aware, Elvis Costello-esque opener, "Opportunity" (perhaps not coincidentally, the name of an actual Costello song, too) is summery, infectious indie pop of the finest variety, and proves that lead singer/guitarist Will Carpenter is a consummate lyricist as well as songwriter. Hopefully they cut a full-length before the year's up. MORGAN TROPER
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