PALMA VIOLETS, GUARDS, EIDOLONS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) When NME named Palma Violets' "Best of Friends" the song of the year for 2012, they were actually onto something. That terrific song—a bright, brash, bashed-out anthem with the kind of hoarse chorus that worms its way into your heart like a wiggly puppy—bested Japandroids at their own holler-along game. What's astonishing, then, is how diverse and incredible the rest of Palma Violet's debut album 180 is, bouncing from smart, moody, Kinks-y pop to cool Walkmen-style organ-and-croon saunters. That's not to mention the ample helping of great, explosive rock tunes, which fully legitimizes every outrageous claim of the band's awesomeness made by the British music-press hype machine. But don't let them give you pause: Palma Violets are really and truly great. Getting the chance to catch the British quartet, barely into their 20s, at their first Portland show following triumphs at SXSW and Coachella should be something to behold. I wouldn't miss it for the world. NED LANNAMANN
SERGE SEVERE, GOLDINI BAGWELL, ILLMACULATE, DJ SPARKS, & MORE
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Tonight marks the release of Portland emcee Serge Severe's latest release, Boom Bap & Bars Vol. 1., which features exclusive production from local wunderkind 5th Sequence. The EP is full of dusty samples, jazzy hooks, and lyrical dexterity that harkens back to the golden era of hiphop. Don't get it twisted, though—this has nothing to do with nostalgia. Severe and 5th have instead resurrected the soul of '90s boom bap culture and updated it to the present day. All superlatives launched Severe's way are well deserved, as he's a rapper's rapper who crafts bars and spits metaphors with workmanlike precision. Following this show, "The Double S" is headed to Europe to tour with Sandpeople's Illmaculate, Goldini Bagwell, and DJ Spark. Catch him while you can. RYAN FEIGH
BROMANCE: A BENEFIT FOR BASIC RIGHTS OREGON
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) After Michelle Shocked delivered an anti-gay rant at a San Francisco show last month, the Alberta Rose cancelled her show. In Shocked's place comes BROmance, a benefit for Basic Rights Oregon with a solid lineup of local acts. And keep an eye out for Shocked, who staged a bizarre protest outside one of her cancelled show in Santa Cruz. DIRK VANDERHART
LOCAL NATIVES, SUPERHUMANOIDS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Local Natives' second album, Hummingbird, is an altogether less showy album than 2009's Gorilla Manor. It's not nearly as fun. But it does what the first album didn't come close to doing—it makes me take this band seriously. Plus, it's fantastically beautiful. On Gorilla Manor, they seemed like capable musicians who wore their influences a little too obviously, like the new kid at school trying to fit in with the right pair of shoes. But on this second album, the post-punk party vibe has given way to a lovely, sparkling melancholy. This is a remarkable counterpoint to the complicated percussion that has always been the band's best feature. Taylor Rice's voice also seems better suited to longer, dreamier songs like "Breakers" than the more extroverted songs on Gorilla Manner. The somber beauty is, at least in part, thanks to National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who produced and acted a sort of fifth band member. REBECCA WILSON
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