BOB MOULD, THE THERMALS
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Read our article on Bob Mould.
SONDRE LERCHE, FANCY COLORS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Coffee-shop playlists and first dances following matrimony share an equally strong adoration of Sondre Lerche. Why? He's got this unassuming charm about the way he conducts himself—a nostalgic, boyish charm galvanized through simple-hearted lyrics that never approach maudlin, and an appreciation for the softer faces of folk and harmony. Bootlegs, his latest release, is a perfect soundtrack to prime any anticipated live experience of Lerche, given that, well, it's a live album, but also because it catalogs the songwriter at his highest peak of confidence. And with six full-lengths embedded in his career (his debut, Faces Down, was released in 2001 when he was 19), he's definitely earned himself the adjective most creatives seek: prolific. JONATHAN MAGDALENO
LABELMATES: PICTORIALS, UNKLE FUNKLE, DJ E*ROCK, DJ CUICA, DJ SAHELSOUNDS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Holocene's yearly recurring Labelmates party returns, turning the idea of the record fair on its ear—this being Portland, it's more like a farmers market than a convention. A bevy of local labels, including High Scores and Records, Bladen County, Tender Loving Empire, Mama Bird Recording Co., and lots and lots of others, all set up tables in the same room. And if all that local bounty were not enough to generate intrigue, there are DJs, live music from Unkle Funkle and Pictorials (who have their own debut EP coming out October 1), video premieres, and a raffle. NED LANNAMANN
THE SECRET DRUM BAND, DUBAI
(Revival Drum Shop, 1465 NE Prescott) The Creative Music Guild is probably one of Portland's least-known non-profits, but they're one of the key players in archiving evolutions of the city's deepest musical troves. Typically, local music ink here furthers genres documented in year-end "best of" lists, while bands of experimental and noise arrays commonly get the short end—but those musical pariahs (strictly referring to popularity) are usually the most accurate in expressing life in a city where it rains six months out of the year. Tonight, the CMG presents Secret Drum Band and Dubai in a continuation of the Outset Series, which hosts improvised sets by experimental groups at intimate locations free of charge. Your hearing might get fucked, but the alacrity these groups have for rhythmic collision is best experienced raw. JM
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