GRANDPARENTS, PAPER BRAIN, STILL CAVES
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on Grandparents.
THE PARSON RED HEADS, HE'S MY BROTHER SHE'S MY SISTER, RAYLAND BAXTER
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Evan and Brett Way—husband and wife, and one-half of the Parson Red Heads—had their first child last year. In a way, it's almost as if the whole band is one big family. Since moving from Eugene to LA in 2005 and then up to Portland in 2010, they have carved themselves a cozy home. Their music flexes its folk-rock roots, and appeals to the Northwest sensibility of living consciously and cooperatively with your neighbors and surroundings. The recent re-release of their album Yearling is plumped up with six additional tracks, further evidence that this is a time of great growth and reflection within the group. RACHEL MILBAUER
PLETHORA MUSIC FEST: HARVEY GIRLS, DRUNK ON PINES, THE BETWIXTIES, DRAMADY, SAM DENSMORE
(Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th) Southeast beer haunt Firkin Tavern's inaugural Plethora Music Fest is a model of how to do it right: Three nights of stacked bills featuring great local bands (Pinehurst Kids, Bubble Cats, the Century) from all different genres, and all for the very affordable price of free. Tonight, inventive folk deconstructionists the Harvey Girls headline a bill that also includes Drunk on Pines, Dramady, and more. NED LANNAMANN
PINBACK, JUDGEMENT DAY
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) There are two types of people in this world: Those who couldn't tell you a single Pinback song, and those who can recite every track from every full-length and EP going back to the band's 1999 debut. Pinback plays rock music that doesn't veer very far toward the fringe, but you can always tell it's a Pinback song. Rob Crow and Zach Smith have been steering the ship from day one, creating pop songs that are lush and well crafted. Full-length releases come but once every few years for these guys, which shows the kind of TLC they put into each record. If you haven't dug into Pinback's catalog, when you do, you're likely to come away humming one of those immaculate melodies. MARK LORE
NIKI AND THE DOVE, VACATIONER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Sometimes the usually astute Sub Pop makes decisions that make you scratch your head—and not in a good way. For example, signing Swedish duo Niki and the Dove. If you wrinkled your nose at CocoRosie getting a deal with Jonathan Poneman's company, you may shake your noggin senseless at the secretary-friendly Niki and the Dove (vocalist Malin DahlstrÖm and keyboardist Gustaf KarlÖf), who make Zola Jesus sound like Diamanda GalÁs. On their self-titled debut album, Niki and the Dove make that antiseptic, blandly cute electro pop at which Scandinavians often excel. The best way for Sub Pop to atone for this gaffe would be to issue a Love Battery box set with a bonus disc of previously unreleased gems. DAVE SEGAL
HANNAH GLAVOR, HI HO SILVER OH, CHARLYNE YI, CAROLINE BELK
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) If the name doesn’t ring a bell, surely you’d recognize Charlyne Yi if you saw her. She’s an actress who’s had bit parts in Knocked Up and 30 Rock, and is a regular on House (so says Wikipedia, anyway; I’ve never watched it), and, more notably, she wrote and starred in the film Paper Hearts, co-starring Michael Cera. But she’s also a comedian! Yi uses songs and storytelling to make the crowds laugh, and it comes off so effortlessly and charming that you forget you’re at a “show” and feel like you’re hanging out with a new friend who just happens to be really entertaining. She has both original material and some covers up her sleeve, and if the recent postings on her YouTube channel are any indication of what she’ll perform on tour, we’ll get covers of “Be My Baby” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and she’ll probably forget some of the words. MEGAN SELING
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