LOST LANDER, RAVENNA WOODS, ROYAL CANOE
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Summer's almost over, and if you haven't seen Lost Lander you've failed as a Portlander. They're one of our city's breakout artists of 2012, and for good reason! Their debut album, DRRT, features some damn infectious tunes—they'll get you out of your seat regardless of your mood. So go see 'em and redeem your rep. LEX CHASE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Saul Williams strikes that nebulous line between beat poetry and hiphop that only people with the utmost self-confidence and talent can sell without looking like (and I speak from experience here) an embarrassing 14-year-old at a talent show. His fifth album, Volcanic Sunlight, might better be called a mixtape, an album bound only by the listener' sense of, "What the fuck is coming next?" It plays like a karaoke set of all of Williams' favorite genres, except that he made up the lyrics. The title track is a freewheeling rant (the only one on the album) backed by a wall of drums and sinister horns. With a blithe disregard for generic convention, it's followed by the soulful "Patience," the post-industrial funk of "Explain My Heart," and the videogame synth of "Diagram." The single, "Dance," is the standout, largely because it's a duet with Janelle MonÁe. REBECCA WILSON
(Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside) Read our article on Mike Coykendall.
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