PEDALPALOOZA KICKOFF PARTY: FEDERALE, GRANDPARENTS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) The three best weeks of the year begin now! Pedalpalooza, in all its rolling glory, gets its official start tonight with the Mercury-sponsored Pedalpalooza Kickoff Party. If you don't have a bike, borrow one for the next 24 days. Then shine up those shoes and hit the road. Be sure to check out the kickoff parade before the party. DVH
BLANK REALM, COOL MEINERS, PACIFIC CITY NIGHTLIFE VISION, FOCUS TROUP, DJ SPENCER CLARK, DJ MIKE McGONIGAL
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Tonight is a hallmark in the comings and goings of artistic talents in Portland, as Mike McGonigal, the creative force behind Yeti magazine and supporter of many innovations in art and music—locally and internationally—gives his last DJ set as a Portland resident (he's moving to Detroit later this year). The guests of honor are Australian band Blank Realm, who strike me as the ultimate incarnation of the thankfully abandoned "lo-fi" tag—embodying the aesthetic of forcibly relaxed yet viscerally scintillating pop music (which in this case, as with much of this alleged genre, is actually recorded with top-notch fidelity). Cool Meiners, a hybrid project of Eat Skull/Hunches talents, will also play tonight, as well as Focus Troup, the new project from prolific performer John Rau, whose early recordings bristle with the life-affirming qualities that hum in every Brian Eno song. MARANDA BISH
HOLOCENE TURNS 10: ROMAN FLÜGEL, MIRACLES CLUB, GULLS, GOLDEN RETRIEVER & MORE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) It's been 10 short years since Holocene opened its doors, and over the ensuing decade, the club has offered the best electronic music, indie rock bands, and dance nights in town. Help it celebrate double digits with two free, jam-packed nights of dance-ready music. NED LANNAMANN
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