URAL THOMAS, DJ BEYONDA
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Late last month, legendary Portland soulster Ural Thomas debuted his hot-shit new band, the Pain, at Dig a Pony's second anniversary. The Pain's not joining Thomas tonight, but that's no reason to miss the beggin', screamin', shoutin' soul of a true Portland treasure. Have mercy! NED LANNAMANN
PALS STREET FAIR: FANNO CREEK, A HAPPY DEATH, BUBBLE CATS, TIGER HOUSE, PONY VILLAGE, TALKATIVE, DE LA WARR, JUST LIONS, L'ANARACHISTE
(SE 8th & Caruthers) Another weekend, another festival... but this one is super special. PALS Fest—presented by PALS Clubhouse, the renowned house show venue in SE Portland—is taking to the streets today, with an all-out BYOB party featuring all-local bands that you should definitely know about. Fanno Creek may or may not play us a song from their new record (how's that for a teaser?) and Bubble Cats will make our heads spin with their righteous punk rock. Talkative will trip you out with swirling, echoed harmonics, and Just Lions will fill you with classic pop tunes. This is booker Chris White's last big event at PALS for now, so it's only right to celebrate this legacy. RACHEL MILBAUER
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE, HARPER SIMON, FRIENDS AND FAMILY
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) The Polyphonic Spree have been an anomaly since their inception in 2007. Boasting a huge amount of members (currently around 20), a penchant for variously colored robes, and an ear toward the symphonic-pop corners of the sonic universe, the Dallas-based conglomerate are almost definitely in a realm all their own. Their new album, Yes It's True, finds the band at its most unorthodox, splitting time between feel-good orchestral anthems and decidedly straightforward pop numbers like "Carefully Try," where ringleader Tim DeLaughter's fragile timbres swoosh and flutter like a relaxing summer breeze. It's possibly the Spree's most diverse recording to date, seeing as it was produced in stages over a long period of time. Either way, tonight's performance should be an uplifting spectacle. RYAN J. PRADO
PURE HARSH NOISE WORSHIP MMXIII: XOME BT.HN, PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT, WORTH, PIECES, BURROW OWL, CONSTRAIN, SISSISTERS, WRONG HOLE, REGOSPHERE
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) If you've ever thought the bands Ash Street Saloon books are just too timid, here's a festival for you. Take in the rotten sounds of mangled electronics and mistreated instruments as noisemongers from across the country descend on the saloon with a lineup that includes Xome from Sacramento, Burrow Owl from Montreal, Pedestrian Deposit from Los Angeles, and BT.HN from Vancouver, BC, plus about half a dozen others. Locals Lifestyle Pornography and Regosphere from Eugene will serve their own sets of aural destruction. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN
AND AND AND, GENDERS, OLD AGE
(Doug Fir 830 E Burnside) At their recent appearance at the Anacortes Unknown music festival, Genders played a set that pulled even the most exhausted and jaded festivalgoers up off of what might as well have been a flypaper floor. They provided a much-needed spark to a weekend that was almost too laidback at times. Upcoming album tracks "Show Me" and "Oakland" are perfect examples of the band's ability to craft light and sunny psych-pop songs. Just when you think you get it, the band shifts gears and pummels you with a new level of hardened intensity. Doug Martsch & Co. must have felt similarly about the local four-piece and their Treefort Music Fest appearance earlier this year, as Built to Spill selected the band to support their upcoming national tour. Be sure to catch them tonight at the Doug Fir before they hit the road. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
SHOUT!: DJ DREW GROOVE, DJ HIPPIE JOE, KATRINA MARTIANI
(Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) Get ready to bust out your signature mashed watusi hippy hippy shake. The mad mod of the Shout! dance night is taking over the Eagles Lodge for a night of sweaty, sexy '60s-flecked soul, garage, and psych tunes. They're even promising go-go gals and the Eagles' renowned and ridiculously cheap boozy beverages. Groovy! COURTNEY FERGUSON
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