ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY: 1939 ENSEMBLE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Ken Kesey was a goddamn Oregon treasure, and tonight's booze-fueled bash celebrates the 50th anniversary of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, with festivities hosted by Matt Love and Kick Ass Oregon History's Doug Kenck-Crispin, and music by 1939 Ensemble. ALISON HALLETT
THE PAUSES, THE SLIDELLS, JOSH AND MER
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Like 'N Sync, the Pauses are from Orlando, but let's not hold that against them. It's pretty clear this trio spent the boy-band years absorbing the entire Saddle Creek catalog. Their debut, A Cautionary Tale, is as poppily sincere as anything from Rilo Kiley, except that just when you begin to take a song for granted, they wrench the carpet out from under your feet. Take "Little Kids," a song that starts out as a sweetheart confessional, with a mid-tempo synth riff; after a few verses of navel gazing—and an instrumental breakdown midway through—Tierney Tough breaks into a full-on lyrical assault that completely belies the tenderness of just a few minutes ago. Opening are the Slidells, who play doo-wop that sounds exactly like something really awful is about to happen in a David Lynch movie. REBECCA WILSON
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