YEAH YEAH YEAHS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) I like to imagine Yeah Yeah Yeahs got their name from adoring early audiences who slipped into beatnik-speak to egg on the band's bombastic performances. The trio is touring their fourth album, Mosquito, which is full of the blood-pumping, grimy, danceable tunes you've come to expect from the New York hepcats. Most importantly, what will Karen O be wearing? COURTNEY FERGUSON
INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW: THE ZAGS, DON'T, 302, THE LONESOMES, ANNY CELSI, CHRISTOPHER REYNE
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Local power-pop up-and-comers the Zags have only been around since the beginning of the summer, but their lone recording, the can't-believe-it's-not-Squeeze "It's Over," has already earned them a considerable amount of buzz among this city's pop litterateurs. While it's difficult to write extensively about a band with such a limited output, it's easy to see the Zags' star-spangled trajectory: clocking in at just over two minutes (if you need any longer than that to make your point in the realm of pop music, you're doing it wrong), "It's Over" is a crash course in Beatlesque pop done right in the 21st century. The Zags fittingly headline the first show of the annual International Pop Overthrow festival tonight. MORGAN TROPER
BODY PARTS, ANIMAL EYES, SAMA DAMS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Body Parts' music is a synth-fueled jaunt in the sun. Shared vocals between Ryder Bach and Alina Cutrono make a David Byrne meets Dirty Projectors sound—high-struck harmonies intercepted by choppy dance beats and catchy rhythms. This LA-based five-piece makes the kind of '80s-Madonna throwback music that has been resurfacing as of late, but brings it with a force that begs to be danced to. They will be accompanied by local favorites, the hauntingly beautiful Sama Dams, who are fresh off a nationwide tour, and the ever-boisterous and beloved Animal Eyes. This lineup offers a three-course meal of West Coast sounds, with a little something for everyone. RACHEL MILBAUER
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