FUTURE BIBLE HEROES, LUXURY LINERS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Partygoing is Future Bible Heroes' third album, and their first in 10 years. But what it really feels like is a makeup for last year's phoned-in Magnetic Fields album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Stephin Merritt, music's most committed misanthrope, is a dictator of a small universe of bands, each of which is a permutation of the rest: On this one, Christopher Ewen writes the backing tracks, and Claudia Gonson trades vocal duties with Merritt, as she has since 1991. The cozy friendship of Merritt's world belies his deep conviction that life is fundamentally absurd, and the happy synth-driven pop enfolds lyrics that uniformly despair of humanity. In "Drink Nothing but Champagne," Merritt imagines a cloned Jesus who returns to cheerfully deliver a singular message: "Don't drink the water, 'cause water's mostly piss, children/Drink nothing but champagne/It makes life shorter...". REBECCA WILSON
LOGAN LYNN, BIG DIPPER, CONQUISTADOR, RICA SHAY, DARLING GUNSEL
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) You won't know what hit you: the Accidental Bear Queer Music Summer Tour is about to shimmy its way through Portland, offering queer music from filthy gay rapper Big Dipper, dapper pop craftsman Logan Lynn, and much more. Best of all, each show on the tour raises money for LGBTQ mental health services and suicide prevention—tonight's show benefits Q Center in Portland. NED LANNAMANN
MICKEY AVALON, SEXBOTS
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Mickey Avalon's bio reads like a West Coast reboot of a Lou Reed song. The alleged ex-model/ex-junkie/ex-hooker/current rapper is noted for getting booed off the stage during a 2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers tour, but a few years ago after hearing his catchiest song, "Jane Fonda," I went to check out one of his shows. It was a mind-blowing, campy atrocity of glam rap featuring a bed on stage, "sexy" backup dancers climbing a chain-link fence backdrop, and, unfortunately, a lot of songs less catchy than the hit. I figured I wouldn't be hearing much from him again, but recently his new single "Girlfriend" has gathered some attention. I wouldn't necessarily recommend going to Dante's to listen to a sleazy ex-model from LA rap about his dick, but this is Mickey Avalon, and his shtick is bigger than yours. BREE MCKENNA
FLIGHT: JON AD, SAPPHO, JAMAR, RICHIE STAXX
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) A relatively new night in Portland's electronic musical sphere, Flight is quickly becoming a go-to event for quality dance music. It's the latest brainchild of music producer and event promoter Chris Demetras, AKA Art of Hot, who's been working within the electronic music industry for well over two decades. The fifth installment of the night will feature several talented performers including Jon AD, the legendary DJ, label owner of LoDubs Records, and owner/operator of Portland's very own electronic-music record superstore, Anthem Records. DJ Sappho will also throw down her usual funked-up booty-bangin' jams as well. Step into the mile-high club for your pre-weekend summer dance party, and don't forget your dancing shoes. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
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