LEE FIELDS AND THE EXPRESSIONS, BROWNISH BLACK, DJ STEPHEN KRAY
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Lee Fields can't stop. He's labored since the late 1960s on a catalog of rock-solid soul stretching all the way to last year's Faithful Man, a release that featured some of his more wistful, compelling songs to date. If you missed his last couple shows in Portland, go. If you caught them, you're probably already going. DIRK VANDERHART
BILLYGOAT, HEATWARMER, PWRHAUS
(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) We're blessed with beauty around Portland in so many ways. For me, the opportunity to catch the audio/visual performance of local trio Billygoat ranks pretty high on that list. David Klein and Nick Woolley relocated the project from Los Angeles to Portland back in 2009. Not long after moving, they added drummer Corey Nelson to fill out the band and replace samples and drum machines. The group performs lush live scores using harp, keyboards, and percussion, while projecting some of the most beautifully intricate stop-motion films you'll ever lay eyes on. When they aren't out touring or giving a TED Talk performance, I imagine them laboring non-stop in some remote workshop, cluttered with photos and cutouts resembling the fragments of a dream world. When they do find the time to step out and play a show like this, you owe it to yourself to be there to witness it. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
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