PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) The hometown honeys in the Portland Cello Project bring you the usual bombast of their annual holiday show—now with extra Beck! They'll be playing songs from his new sheet-music-only release Song Reader, so this might be your only chance to hear that new album out loud—unless you're really good at reading sheet music. COURTNEY FERGUSON
I'VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL: DJ BEYONDADOUBT, DJ PRIMO
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The super fun, super popular I've Got a Hole in My Soul dance night has become the city's most reliable way of getting a fix of DJ Beyondadoubt in the last six years. They're marking the anniversary of that nice round number with their debut at their brand-new Holocene digs with guest DJ Primo from San Francisco. MARJORIE SKINNER
TY SEGALL, THE NIGHT BEATS, NUCULAR AMINALS
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Ty Segall had a busy year, releasing three albums under slightly different monikers. For as prolific as Segall is, what's even more amazing is the quality of his output. There's nary a dud in the bunch, and his music carries the unhinged excitement and pop sensibility that helped make Nirvana what it was. Segall's collaboration with White Fence saw him making lo-fi psych punk ready-made for summer, while Slaughterhouse (recorded as the Ty Segall Band) will peel the paint off walls; his latest, Twins, is the official follow-up to his excellent Melted and Goodbye Bread solo records. Segall, along with Thee Oh Sees and Sic Alps, has made a name for San Francisco over the past few years, but tonight he belongs to Portland. MARK LORE
KREAYSHAWN, RYE RYE, HONEY COCAINE, CHIPPY NONSTOP
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) I'll never forget the first time I saw Kreayshawn's weird/viral "Gucci Gucci" video on YouTube. A tiny gal, best friend in tow (plus enough makeup and accessories to start a successful second-hand Claire's), she raps about being fed up with "basic bitches" who covet tired brand names and act like Barbies (she then rhymes Barbie with Arby's). I was skeptical at first, but I grew to love her off-kilter style. I felt, with the assuredness that comes with being very stoned, that Kreayshawn was some kind of comedic genius ("I got the swag and it's pumpin' out my ovarieeeees"). After scoring a contract with Columbia, Somethin' 'Bout Kreay debuted in September, and for better or worse, it's only getting weirder. EMILY NOKES
WOOLEN MEN, STILL CAVES, THE HOODED HAGS, CHRISTIAN PROFETA
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) The Woolen Men have a lo-fi, garage rock sound that pleasantly surprises you with its delicacies. Members Rafael Spielman, Lawton Browning, and Alex Geddes share vocal and instrumental responsibilities, writing songs that are fuzzy with reverb and warm with '70s nostalgia. Their music has a grungy yet bright sentiment that is true to its Northwest rock roots, with an added sprinkle of pop. They already have a number of cassettes released by Eggy Records and Gnar Tapes, with a new record on the way on Woodsist early next year. We can hope for and expect an album that is as catchy and tight as their last, as this trio continues to become an integral part of the Portland musical landscape. RACHEL MILBAUER
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