THE BATS, EAT SKULL
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on the Bats.
XRAY FEST: REV SHINES, DJ SAM ADAMS
(Produce Row, 204 SE Oak) The old X-Ray Café—anarchist den, weirdo art incubator, and springboard for Voodoo Doughnut's impresario Tres Shannon—looms large in Portland's crusty lore. The gang is getting back together for nine days for the upcoming launch of FM radio's 91.1 KXRY, celebrating and reminiscing at the aptly named XRAY Fest. Tonight, Sam Adams will still be mayor (of the party's music selections; he's guest DJ). DENIS C. THERIAULT
GENERATIONALS, YOUNG EMPIRES
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Generationals make timeless pop, mining the best practitioners from the past four decades. The New Orleans two-piece have a few records under their belts, but their latest, Heza, is easily their best. "Spinoza" is such an earworm you might actually need surgery to remove it. Not many bands can bring sounds from vastly different eras into a cohesive whole, but Generationals have managed to pull it off. Heza, their first for Polyvinyl, should attract a few more ears, and maybe put no-frills pop back in the spotlight. There's nothing flashy here. But a good hook is forever. MARK LORE
WILD ONES READING: JON MOOALLEM, BLACK PRAIRIE
(Powell's, 1005 W Burnside) Polar bears are fucked. In fact, half of all living species could be extinct by the century's end. Jon Mooallem brings both gravity and optimism to Wild Ones, his nonfiction investigation of the present and future of wildlife on our planet. Bonus: Black Prairie will be on hand to perform songs from their soundtrack to the book. ALISON HALLETTSee My, What a Busy Week!, and read our review of Wild Ones.
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