QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MOISTBOYZ
(Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay) Josh Homme took an extended break from his rock machine Queens of the Stone Age before firing it back up last year with ...Like Clockwork. The record—which brought back QOTSA veterans Dave Grohl and Nick Oliveri in limited roles—could have been a fiasco. It wasn't. In fact, it was one of their best, an album that took QOTSA's heavy rock into the 21st century. Homme & Co. are one of the few hard-rock bands standing that have one foot in commercial appeal and the other in critical acceptance. In today's fly-by-night music landscape, that's saying quite a lot. And by the looks of things, Queens of the Stone Age are far from done. MARK LORE
TINARIWEN, THE MELODIC
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Tinariwen's Grammy-winning 2011 album Tassili was famously recorded deep in a craggy Algerian national park, away from the professional studios where the band had, for years, recorded its intoxicating desert blues. And when it came time to make the follow-up, political unrest in Tinariwen's home country of Mali forced the group—Tuareg musicians descended from Saharan nomads—to again look elsewhere. They landed in Joshua Tree, California, where they built a studio inside a large house so all members could gather in one room and capture their dense, dusky sound in the most natural and organic way possible. The result, Emmaar, is a stunner, in which roiling hand drums burble beneath gentle electric-guitar drones and warm incantations on desert life and the strife in Mali. It's a formula Tinariwen has been working for decades, and it sounds as vibrant and vital as ever. BEN SALMON
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Sometimes you just want some good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll, and Swedish heavy rockers Graveyard have just what the doctor ordered. Their dead-of-night hard blues 'n' boogie is best seen in person, so get down to the Wonder tonight for a face full. NED LANNAMANN
GHOUL, IRON REAGAN, OCCULTIST, MOLDY CASTLE
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) [Ghoul plays] hilarious, half-serious thrash featuring members of Dystopia, Impaled, Wolves in the Throne Room, and more, performed while wearing bloody cloth bags on their heads. MORGAN TROPER
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