THE SHIVAS, MISTER TANG
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) If you still haven't heard the Shivas, tonight's Bunk Bar set is liable to provide one of the Portland-area garage-pop group's more rollicking performances. After all, their LP Whiteout receives a vinyl re-release April 30 on venerable Northwest imprint K Records, and it's nearly spring! That's important, because Whiteout is pure summertime fun from start to finish (it works for spring, too), with fuzzy, reckless bouts of surf-punk that transcend the calculated cool of genre saboteurs and inject a well-translated love for rock 'n' roll. Wear your sunglasses at night. Leave the baggage at home. Dance parties are encouraged. The Shivas might be Portland's best band. There, I said it. RYAN J. PRADO
SOUL'D OUT: JUST PEOPLE, VIOLET ISLE, NOVOSTI
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Taking a page from the well-worn Winger playbook, Jov Novosti has craftily named his band Novosti after himself, but unlike Kip & Co., Novosti makes subtle, penetrating music that's both beautiful and exhilarating. Novosti's new record, the revealing seven-song Love & Lashes, falls somewhere in between an EP and a full-length, but despite its short duration, it doesn't lack for anything. With producer Drew Grow casting a rust-colored sheen over the recording, the songs are muddy and bloody, allowing themselves to be buffeted by the wind before fighting back with conviction. Novosti's record also includes a guest vocal by Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba at her spookiest—she'll perform with Novasti at tonight's release show, along with drummer Kurt Caywood and members of No Kind of Rider. NED LANNAMANN
BENDER: THE CYNICS, MONOSHOCK & MORE
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) The Bender has left its home at Slabtown, but all else for the annual punk-garage-rawk fest remains the same. For three solid days—including a matinee show on Saturday and a special exclusive show on Sunday for those with weekend wristbands—stuff your ears with the likes of Monoshock, the Cheater Slicks, Black Bananas, the Cynics, and tons more. NED LANNAMANN Read our guide to the Bender.
SOUL'D OUT: SHY GIRLS, SAPIENT, MAGIC FADES
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Led by Pennsylvania transplant Dan Vidmar, Shy Girls is ostensibly an R&B throwback. Taken live, it feels anything but. Vidmar's slow jams, performed with band and back-up singers, call to mind the best couples-only skate of your middle school existence, swelling and swaying until you realize we're in this together, going in circles. DIRK VANDERHART Read our guide to the Soul'd Out Music Festival.
GRRRL FRONT FEST
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) It's been far too long since I've been grrrled at, but that's about to be fixed: The Slabtown Grrrl Front Festival is four all-ages days of talented ladies in music (Busy Scissors, Litto Fox) and stand-up comedy (Bri Pruett, Marcia Belsky), plus an art show, zine workshop, roller derby sign-ups, a demo for a riot grrrl-themed videogame, a clothing swap benefit, and the kitchen sink. MARJORIE SKINNER
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