THE MUSIC TAPES' TRAVELING IMAGINARY
(Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan) Who can resist the calliope call of a traveling circus? The quirky ringleaders of the Music Tapes will set up their imaginarium—a circus tent with carnival games, cartoons, music, storytelling, and surreal theatrics—in the confines of the Mission Theater. They promise a mesmerizing spectacle filled with sweet music and childlike wonder. (Ooooh, wonder!) COURTNEY FERGUSON
OS MUTANTES, CAPSULA, GRANDPARENTS, DJ KAREN ANTUNEZ
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Tropicalismo pioneers Os Mutantes' 1968 self-titled debut and the similarly titled 1969 follow-up are truly timeless psych masterpieces that, perhaps inexplicably, have aged far better than many pop albums from the same period. As the '70s progressed, the group's sonic eccentricities multiplied, culminating with the Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol album and the posthumously issued O A e o Z, although the band never totally abandoned the Beatles/bossa nova composite it helped to champion. After a one-off reunion show in 2006, the band formally reunited in 2007, albeit without founding members Rita Lee and Arnaldo Baptista. Their new record, Fool Metal Jack, is the second produced by this new, re-formed incarnation, and it's every bit as weird as the band's earliest material, and occasionally as beautiful. MORGAN TROPER
(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
CLOUD CULT, JBM
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Boasting not one but two live painters, the fragile anthems of Cloud Cult could come off as unbearably precious, but rather than wallowing in introspection, the Minneapolis ensemble turns their gaze outward, and their involving and inviting music solicits very real emotions. Oh, and they're a killer live band, to boot. NED LANNAMANN
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