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THE GREAT IDEA: THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS, SONS OF HUNS, RLLRBLL, THRONES, AND AND AND, & MORE
(Enchanted Forest , 8462 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR) One of the undisputed highlights of life in Oregon is the Enchanted Forest. Not just for kids, this unique, slightly batshit amusement park also claims the hearts of music lovers at The Great Idea with sets from over 20 bands(!), like the Builders and the Butchers, And And And, and Sons of Huns. MARJORIE SKINNER
HAUSU, WILD MOTH, LUNCH, INDUSTRIAL PARK
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) The twisted, shapeshifting rock of Hausu recalls elements of the underground rock you love from '80s and '90s, but the Portland band's clear-eyed take on post-hardcore puts them in a class of their own. Their songs go from dark and heavy, to light and fun, and back again. NED LANNAMANN
MODERN KIN, KELLI SCHAEFER
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives are no more. Minus a member, the band has regrouped under the moniker Modern Kin, a much less cumbersome name and one that gives equal weight to all members. Drew Grow, however, is still very much out front, leading the songs with a voice ready to shake the walls of Jericho. Bassist Kris Doty and drummer Jeremiah Hayden provide passionate backing, and judging by the tracks that have appeared online, Modern Kin is working with a darker, more shambolic sound than the Pastors' Wives ever did. An album is due out in October, and tonight will be a combination of new songs and old Pastors' Wives material reworked for Modern Kin's unvarnished new aesthetic. NL
SHARKS FROM MARS, FASTERS, THE SELLWOODS
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Portland trio Sharks from Mars play burly, stop-for-nothing punk rock—in other words, the kind of tunes that sound perfect blaring out of a small, rotating 45. Fortunately, Sharks from Mars are releasing one of those very things this evening: the "Friday Night" 7-inch includes three of the band's new songs, and if it's anything like their earlier single "Streetwise Cannibal," it will be fast, dumb, and yelly. After tonight's hometown show, Sharks from Mars make a quick trip down the West Coast, spreading their noxious good times far and wide. NL
THE WOOLEN MEN, SPOOKIES, NICK DELFFS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) This is as good as bills get. From top to bottom it's stacked with the very best local music that exists. Following the release of their self-titled album on Woodsist earlier this year, the Woolen Men are receiving long-due recognition as one of Portland's most interesting and reliable bands—not to mention one of its most prolific. If the Woodsist record was your introduction, there's lots more where that came from, including the excellent Dog Years, a compilation cherry-picked from four years' worth of songs released on various tapes, and a recent run of tour EPs featuring brand-new material. The bill is rounded out by Spookies, the glorious, Fab Four-ish power-pop band with the Shaky Hands' Mayhaw Hoons on vocals and guitar; Hoons' Shaky Hands bandmate Nick Delffs opens the bill with soulful, dirty folk. NL
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