TY SEGALL, THE MEMORIES
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) No matter what you've accomplished in 2012, Ty Segall has done you better. He's releasing his third full-length this year—Twins—on October 9, and the new record further expands the already formidable scope of the garage rocker's sonic palette, resulting in a trip to outer space on the wings of purest pop. NED LANNAMANN
SUPERFEST: STRATEGY, PHONE CALL, DJ NATHAN DETROIT, DJ FREAKY OUTTY
(PSU Park Blocks, SW Park & Montgomery) Portland's premier annual all-ages dance festival, Superfest, is bigger than ever, spanning four days, three venues, and featuring acts like Glass Candy, Chromatics, White Rainbow, and Strategy. Best of all, it all goes to benefit Music in the Schools, because when government bureaucracy can't save us, music will. MARJORIE SKINNER
THE HEAVY, THE SILENT COMEDY
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Heavy are among the most recent in a long line of British bands to get rich by mastering American R&B and selling it back to us. Last week, their third studio album, The Glorious Dead, came out in the US. I confess that the call-and-response between singer Kelvin Swaby and a trio of gospel ladies caused me to replay the single, "What Makes a Good Man?" three times in a row the first time I heard it. (Well, five.) Reminiscent of grindhouse soundtracks and Enter the Wu-Tang, the sinister production—which they did themselves—is what makes the album such a grower. Menacing strings, grimy horns, and a blurry guitar create the thick backdrop for Swaby's mind-boggling vocal acrobatics: When he's not being gritty and tortured, he sounds almost tender, with the decisive enunciation and precise modulation of Curtis Mayfield. REBECCA WILSON
DUNES, THE CALDONIAS, NUCULAR AMINALS
(Boom Bap!, 640 SE Stark) A recent visit to North Killingsworth record store/pub Record Room yielded the info that the Psychic Feline 7-inch I'd purchased could possibly be the last... ever. As in, the promising psych-garage trio, recently off a US tour, is no more. Whether or not that's the impetus for this week's Caldonias reunion show at Boom Bap! is up for debate. The garage-soul group—rounded out by Psychic Feliners Bob Desaulniers and Sydney Roth and fronted by Nadia Buyse—halted its tour de force in 2009, as Buyse went on to local notoriety for her anything-goes fronting of Tombstalker/Bloodbraid, Ghost Mom, and the Adrian Piper Cover Band. Buyse's vocals alone can make a band, utilizing both bubblegum-pop techniques as well as full-throated punk squeals and soul-thundering range. Welcome back! RYAN J. PRADO
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