UNNATURAL HELPERS, DEFECT DEFECT, RAT PARTY
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Read our article on Unnatural Helpers.
ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI, DAM FUNK, BODYGUARD
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Quintessential Angeleno Ariel Pink breezes his distinctive and eclectic mashup of '60s pop, '70s AM radio, and sunny California lovin' into our dreary little corner of the world. Let's welcome his surprisingly warm, diaphanous sound and wrap that crazy patchwork quilt around our ears in preparation for the cold months ahead. COURTNEY FERGUSON
DEERHOOF, BUKE AND GASE, RALEIGH MONCRIEF
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Deerhoof has made a name for itself by keeping listeners off-balance over the course of 11 albums. The San Francisco four-piece's Breakup Song is another jittery, sharp, left-right U-turn for the band, filled with massive, arty instrumentation and production shoehorned into three-minute bubblegum pop songs. It's J-pop meets ADHD meets dystopian Los Angeles. Basically, there's enough ear candy here to give you a bellyache, but damn it if it doesn't taste good. And for a band that seems to morph with every release, Deerhoof has remained pretty consistent. But no matter your drug of choice, tonight's performance will likely be a long, strange trip. MARK LORE
MIKE WATT AND THE MISSINGMEN, DIVERS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Bassist Mike Watt needs little introduction—when your references include the Minutemen, fIREHOSE, the Stooges, and more, your CV speaks for itself. Watt's newest record, 2011's Hyphenated-Man, is a collection of 30 short blasts of dizzy rock-jazz weirdness inspired by Hieronymous Bosch. So no, it's not meat and potatoes rock, although parts of it do assuredly rock. For more traditional, stomach-lining rock 'n' roll, look to openers Divers, who are steadily plowing their way to Portland's head of the class. Although they only have a (marvelous) 7-inch recorded so far, Divers are in full command of a repertoire of tough, heartfelt, sing-along-'til-you're-hoarse punk anthems. Rising from the ashes of brothers Harrison and Seth Rapp's former band Drunken Boat, Divers have become one of the absolute must-see bands in town. NED LANNAMANN
TENDER LOVING EMPIRE'S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY: FINN RIGGINS, AAN, BODY PARTS, THE SHIVAS, HUSTLE & DRONE, THE MORALS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The time has come to celebrate the fifth anniversary of local record label and craft proprietor Tender Loving Empire. Although tender and loving indeed in their aesthetic and ceaseless propagation of their art, the stake the label claims on heartfelt indie rock in the Pacific Northwest is nothing less than imperial. For proof, look no further than the 37-track compilation of TLE-affiliated artists being released tonight, and to the performers. Finn Riggins are a prime example of all the label works to put into the world: exuberant, thoughtful, and innovative art, being created nightly on unique stages as energy interchanges between audience and performers. MARANDA BISH
CARRION SPRING, OUR FIRST BRAINS, CROOKS
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) I'm hesitant to refer to Carrion Spring as screamo for a few reasons; the first being that I'm terrified of potential backlash from Tumblr-core pedants insisting that it's an inaccurate delineation of the group's music, and the second is that I genuinely feel like there's more to this band than that. I guess the third is that I just find that term inexplicably repulsing, so I'll just go ahead and say they're a "rock band." The group's semi-new LP, A Short History of Decay (which has been remixed and re-released on vinyl), rocks indeed, and suggests a breadth of influences—the title track and the series of "Selah" interludes, in particular—that extend beyond the typical touchstones of hardcore. Sycophantic, flavor-of-the-week phoniness this is not. These dudes know their shit and play from the balls. MORGAN TROPER
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