TYPHOON, LAURA GIBSON, LOST LANDER
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Some hype about Portland isn't all it's cracked up to be—the rent, the roses, the retirement—but musicians like Laura Gibson and bands like Typhoon are worth heaps of hometown pride. Gibson's folksy voice and the quadrillion harmonic people in Typhoon are fun and engaging enough to make you get all sentimental about PDX. SARAH MIRK
THE NEXT WALTZ
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) The Last Waltz is considered one of the greatest concert documentaries of all time, and whether or not you are a fan of the Band, it was undoubtedly a monumental musical event, with guest appearances from Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, and more. The original performance took place on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, and it will be recreated for the second year in a row over two nights by some of Portland's own rock stars, including Kevin and Anita Robinson (Viva Voce, Blue Giant), Jenny Conlee-Drizos (the Decemberists, Black Prairie), and Calico Rose (AgesandAges, Black Prairie). The night is a benefit for Oregon Food Bank and the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, which is dedicated to helping uninsured and underinsured musicians in the Northwest. With Levon Helm's passing in April, it seems even more important to keep musical collaborations like these alive. So, since you have finished stuffing yourself silly, bring some cans to donate and rediscover why every all-star concert since 1976 has ended with "I Shall Be Released." RACHEL MILBAUER
JEROME LOL, ASTRONOMAR, BEN TACTIC, LINCOLNUP, BREAKMODE
(Groove Suite, 440 NW Glisan) If you read any electronic or hip music blogs, you have probably heard Jerome LOL’s name thrown around a few times. Formally part of the LOL Boys who took an indefinite hiatus after coming out with the Changes EP earlier this year, Jerome is now touring the states by himself, bringing life to parties with hours of shuffling house grooves. So if you’re looking to be entranced by infectious beats all night long… there is no question as to where you should be tonight. (Warning: This is NOT dubstep.) LEX CHASE
NIGHT MOVES: BOOGIE FUNK DANCE PARTY
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) How's the huge wad of Thanksgiving feel in that poor distended stomach of yours? Pretty loafy, eh? How's about you boogie-oogie-oogie like you just can't boogie no more at the boogie-funk Night Moves dance night. DJs Cooky Parker, Rev. Shines, and Ohmega Watts will make your post-disco dreams come true. COURTNEY FERGUSON
(Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy) After blowing the roof off of Park Avenue—central Florida's hottest nightclub!—the one, the only Dragon Sound brings a new dimension to rock 'n' roll! With not one, but two lava-hot singles, the handsome boys (and sassy girl!) of Dragon Sound promise to rock Portland with their exhilarating blend of panty-melting synths, bone-shaking electronic drums, and feel-good lyrics—like in their number-one fan favorite, "Friends"! ("Friends through eternity/loyalty, honesty/we'll stick together through thick or thin/friends forever we'll be together/we're on top/'cause we play to win!") But that's not all—as their explosive smash single "Against the Ninja" suggests, the members of Dragon Sound—all of whom are, incredibly, orphans, and all of whom are also roommates—are also black belts in tae kwon do, and they use their powers to keep Miami safe from its roving bands of motorcycle-riding, cocaine-dealing ninjas. In other words? The phenomenal, deadly Dragon Sound is your new favorite band—unless you're a cocaine-dealing ninja! (And if that's the case... watch out!) SKIPPY "SKIPPER" RAMIREZ, THE MERCURY'S SPECIAL (AND SELDOM USED) MIAMI CORRESPONDENT Read more about Dragon Sound.
RABBITS, SIOUX, FLESHLAWN
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Rabbits' Jekyll-and-Hyde personality only amplifies the intensity of the band's menacing soundtrack. When they're onstage, you're afraid to step within 10 feet of them; in interviews, they come across as loveable, painfully self-aware dudes that you'd buy beers for all night. Their latest LP Bites Rites is a Frankenstein's monster of heavy music, bringing forth a furious mix of styles from the past four decades. Rabbits are not metal, but they will squash you like a bug. Then they'll take you up on that beer. MARK LORE
TONY FURTADO BAND, DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Almost exactly one year ago, Tony Furtado and his band recorded their live set at Mississippi Studios, and now that live recording is out: The aptly titled Live at Mississippi Studios CD/DVD sees banjoist and slide guitarist Furtado leading a remarkably capable band through ambitious performances of American folk- and roots-influenced music. While there is definitely some extended jamming, it never feels bloated or indulgent, and Furtado—one of the city's unsung but most capable musicians—always puts the music ahead of his formidable chops, never simply allowing himself or his band to showboat. The real question is, though: Will tonight's set also be recorded? And will it see a release a year later, and will Furtado and crew then play a release show for that live recording, and will that set then also be recorded? And so on—the mind boggles. NED LANNAMANN
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) If the name Beejan Iranshad sounds familiar, it's likely due to his work as a music video director, as he has helmed visual projects for a diverse array of hiphop artists including Cool Nutz, Layzie Bone, and Mikey Vegaz. What you may not know is that Beejan is also an Iranian American emcee and producer from Portland who is celebrating the release of his latest self-produced EP, A Heartfelt Interlude. As the title alludes, Beejan's brand of hiphop is much more introspective and emotionally raw than that of his industry peers. Meditations on pain, love, and happiness stretch across seven tracks that culminate with "Finally Happy," a reflection on suicide, mortality, and the search for emotional wellbeing. RYAN FEIGH
COOPER, SEAN NOWLAND TRIO
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) I've only heard one track from Cooper's self-titled debut, but it's enough to pique my interest for more: a slow-burning, torchy soul number driven by Nichole Cooper's passionate vocals and a tight, simmering backing band. Cooper recorded the album in her current hometown of Nashville, but the Oregon native spent many years in Portland, winning the crown as Miss Multnomah County and performing at Dante's Sinferno Cabaret. Now she's a full-on soul singer, and an entirely convincing one at that. This homecoming show sees her backed by a 12-piece band, including Portlanders Ben Darwish, Farnell Newton, Sean Nowland, and others. NL
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