THE WOOLEN MEN, STAY CALM, SAD HORSE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on the Woolen Men.
CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING, GRASS WIDOW
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Sonic Youth has been pretty much over for a while, which is still indigestible for generations of music fans who can hardly remember a time when the band wasn't soundtracking their lives. Thank the heavens, though, that founder Thurston Moore hasn't hung up his ax. His new band, Chelsea Light Moving, is finely fuzzy and poppy—and just as good as the old one. DENIS C. THERIAULT
GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC, DOO DOO FUNK ALL-STARS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Look to the skies, Portland! You can see them, descending: George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, guardians of the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk. The mothership is landing, funkateers. You'd be a fool not to board it. They're going to turn this mother out. BOBBY ROBERTS
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) In 1992, I was working at a bookstore owned and primarily staffed by lesbians, nearly all of whom loved good contemporary folk music. So when Nanci Griffith toured in '92, nearly all my coworkers went, and every single one of them came raving about the opening act, a woman who stood alone on stage with just a guitar and a humongous voice and the most beautiful songs you'd ever heard. The performer, of course, was Iris Dement, who'd just released her debut album and was winning fans everywhere she opened her mouth. Two decades later, Dement is touring in support of Sing the Delta, her first album of all-new material in 16 years. No one who appreciates good old-fashioned country-folk should miss it. DAVID SCHMADER