THE BREEDERS, TWEENS
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) It was a mere 40 minutes long, but the Breeders' Last Splash made huge waves in the pool of our '90s consciousness. In fact, it's still lounging out there on its floaty, with strawberry daiquiri firmly in hand, showing all the fresh young cabana boys and girls how to do it. It's been 20 years and that shit still sounds fantastic. Reverb clings all over the Breeders' 1993 sophomore classic in a huge fuzzy tangle of psychedelic noise and layered bits of lullaby, like drowning in a hook-filled deep end. The band's original album lineup is touring for Last Splash's anniversary with a deluxe 4AD re-issue of the album called LSXX—a three-CD or seven-disc vinyl set with all the bells and whistles, like B-sides and live recordings. (Who knew vinyl was the appropriate 20-year anniversary gift?!) For the first time since 1994, Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson will be on deck to dish out the nostalgic trippy delights. It's going to be quite the luau at the Wonder tonight. Go say aloha! COURTNEY FERGUSON Also see My, What a Busy Week!.
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND TRIBUTE: BROTHERS AND SISTER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) A supergroup of local musicians calling themselves Brothers and Sister—Lewi Longmire, Anita Lee Elliott, and more—have taken it upon themselves to re-create the 1971 Allman Brothers Band classic live record At Fillmore East. If you dismissed them as "Southern rock," let this inspired performance open your eyes to the complexities under the surface. MARJORIE SKINNER
COOL NUTZ, VURSATYL, TONY OZIER, DJ KLYPH
(Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont) Portland-via-LA rapper Libretto is a current casualty of the prison industrial complex, serving federal time for the foreseeable future after being sentenced for armed robbery—a charge Libretto firmly disputes. His friends have put together a bill of local talent in an effort to help support him and his family through this arduous event. The lineup features some local hiphop heavyweights, including Cool Nutz and DJ Fatboy, fresh off their Summer of Strange tour. Vursatyl, who recently reunited with Jumbo and Rev Shines as Lifesavas to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their classic recording Spirit in Stone, will also perform a rare solo set. DJ Klyph, of KZME's Welcome to the Neighborhood, hosts the evening, proving that Portland's hiphop community can come together and support each other when it matters most. RYAN FEIGH
DIESTO, HONDURAN, FELLWOODS
(Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard) Diesto might be the Gentle Ben of Portland's heavy vibes scene. That's not to say that their music isn't built upon mean, lumbering drums or massive riffs. And it has nothing to do with the three-to-one beard ratio among the members, either. While each of their songs is as towering and fuzzy as a grizzly bear, they each have a certain cuddliness to them, too. Local peddlers of harshness Eolian Empire are set to release the band's fifth full-length, For Water or Blood, later this month. The record harbors a fair amount of dissonance and noise along with the weighted doom riffage, but it still has that somber introspection and sensitivity as well. ARIS WALES
LEMURIA, SOFT SKILLS, HEMINGWAY, OUR FIRST BRAINS
(Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th) Lemuria are playing in Portland. Lemuria are playing in Portland! It hasn't happened in three years and it probably won't happen again for a long time. The group hails from New York, although they have inescapable ties to this city due to a stellar split they released in 2006 with Ben Barnett's Kind of Like Spitting, titled Your Living Room's All Over Me. Seven years and countless releases later (although their side of the aforementioned split is still their best), Lemuria are considered lodestars of the scene and have carved out a reliable formula for themselves. I'm hesitant to describe the band's latest, The Distance Is So Big, as "mature"—because that's all-too-often an indirect way of saying something by a band known for rocking rocks less than its previous efforts—but I'm not sure what else I'd call it. And hey, I guess it does rock a little bit less than previous efforts, but the band makes up for it with an enhanced melodic sense and a newfound penchant for arrangement. MORGAN TROPER
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