JACK WHITE, POKEY LAFARGE AND THE SOUTH CITY THREE
(Roseland, 1 Center Ct) Read our article on Jack White.
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Portland welcomes up-and-coming UK goth pop songstress/badass Charli XCX. Her songs are infectious with heavy bass and sassy lyrics whose topics range from love to lust to ass-kicking. A less-Top-40, more-intense version of the Spice Girls, one could say. Good to know girl power lives on! LEX CHASE
DREW GROW AND THE PASTORS' WIVES, THE DEVIL WHALE, THE ECOLOGY
(Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives preview their to-be-recorded upcoming album over two nights at the super-intimate Ella Street. While their new material may be untested, it's guaranteed to be full of the passion, grit, and heart-wrenching soul that've made DG&PW one of the best bands in town. NED LANNAMANN
ST. JAMES/HANING/DUROCHE TRIO, THE TENSES AND SOFTCORE GIGGLES
(Revival Drum Shop, 1465 NE Prescott) Tim DuRoche, jazz drummer and composer of Portland outfit Battle Hymns and Gardens, is a is joined for an intimate drum-shop performance by two other important figures in the improvisational jazz community: pianist Doug Haning and stand-up bassist Andre St. James—who presents a Mingus-inspired sound where tradition is creative innovation through improvisation. The Tenses is an affiliate of Portland's legendary experimental supergroup Smegma, who have spent decades captivating and/or confusing audiences by using found objects to create scapes where sounds can mingle in an intellectual playground. They're playing with Softcore Giggles, which must be a joint effort of experimental up-and-comers Soft Core Chess (Alieta Train and John Rau) and Giggles (Madelyn Villano and Train, again), which might involve delicate vocals and violin smashed between electronic samples for you to trip on. Recommended if you like: getting weird. ROCHELLE HUNTER
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