(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) It's been a long, long while since the members of Richmond Fontaine, all working on other projects, took the stage as Richmond Fontaine. Well, just like that, Richmond Fontaine has declared itself back, playing an entire week at the Crystal Hotel's Al's Den, with all sorts of special guests. Is another hiatus looming? Better not tempt fate and miss out. DENIS C. THERIAULT
THE BABY BLUE BADFINGER TRIBUTE
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) The Raspberries, Big Star, and Badfinger represent the holy trinity of classicist power-pop. Much of the Raspberries post-"Go All the Way" output was marred by Eric Carmen's desperate preoccupation with scoring another giant hit; Big Star (specifically, Alex Chilton) wrote music that was alien and distinctly Southern, with digressions into acoustic vulnerability. Badfinger, meanwhile, were the group every reputable critic of the day speculated would succeed the Beatles in terms of influence and commercial success, and they're the perfect synthesis of the Raspberries and Big Star. "No Matter What" remains the singular power-pop template and ranks up there with the best pre-Sgt. Pepper Lennon/McCartney compositions. "Without You" is the most poignant, twistingly fucked breakup song ever written; even Mariah Carey couldn't ruin it. Tragically, the group's principal songwriters, Pete Ham and Tom Evans, committed suicide (both by hanging themselves, eight years apart), therefore immortalizing the band's legacy. Tonight a host of local musicians pay tribute to Ham and Evans' immortal classics, while raising money for local sound engineer Scott Peterson. MORGAN TROPER
MASAKI BATOH'S BRAIN PULSE MUSIC
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Ghost frontman Masaki Batoh's latest endeavor finds him making music from brain waves in order to heal people from the trauma of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. On Brain Pulse Music, he combines an experimental bio-electric procedure with traditional Japanese instrumentation to create alien zen ambience and Harry Partch-meets-Harry Bertoia sonic sculptures. You may not have suffered directly from that awful quake and the resultant tsunami, but you can still benefit from Batoh's unconventional aural therapy. Expect to be gloriously confused most of the night. DAVE SEGAL
JASON URICK, BRAVEYOUNG, OAKROT
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Jason Urick's 2012 LP I Love You depicts the Earth as seen from outer space. I'm thinking he took the photo himself. Urick calls Portland home, but his music remains otherworldly. And while his soundscapes are, for the most part, abstract and drone-y, there are melodies in there. One thing I've heard him say is that he considers himself more of a music fan than a musician. I like that. So often the human element gets lost in electronic music. Urick's philosophy makes him less mad scientist and more human, and it adds even more weight to his already weighty computer-generated music. Maybe he's more down to Earth than I thought. MARK LORE
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