RECORD STORE DAY
(Various locations) In the olden days, if you wanted to hear your favorite song, you couldn't just magick it up on your phone. You had to physically enter something called a "record store." Funny thing, though. Record stores still exist. And today, on Record Store Day, is a good time to visit one. Locations will make it worth your while with special releases and maybe even live performances. DENIS C. THERIAULT Also see Music News.
SLICK RICK, RISKY STAR, EVVNFLOW, DIRTY REVIVAL
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Read our article on Slick Rick.
THE MEN, GUN OUTFIT
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) While Brooklyn's the Men have sandblasted off some of the wilder edges of their music, they have concurrently shaped themselves into one of the most consistently rockin' bands around. Provided you can pry it out of dad's CD player, their new album, Tomorrow's Hits, is a rip-roarin', guitar-struttin' good time, and these dudes deliver live. NED LANNAMANN
THE BUGS, THE GRAND STYLE ORCHESTRA
(Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth) Hooray for the Bugs! They're Portland's best band, if you like junky trash slop-pop, and who doesn't? The Bugs' latest slab of vinyl is the marvelous The Right Time, 17 instantaneous tracks that vary in tempo and fidelity, each scarcely more than a minute long. All of them contain some little nugget of melody that will roll around in your addled brain like a piece of sour candy. With tunes like "Tickle Time for the Reaper," "Divorced," and "Nobody Makes a Monkey out of Me," this is as fun and catchy as music gets, and if you can't find the brilliance in these pop masterworks, you're probably boring and your haircut costs too much. The Bugs play a record-release show for The Right Time tonight at new record bar Turn! Turn! Turn!, and it'll be the bash of the ages... or, at least, the weekend. NL
SHAKEY GRAVES, CRUSHED OUT
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) I first encountered Shakey Graves' music at Pickathon last summer. I was on the shady path leaving the woods and heard the strong plucking of a banjo, accompanied by husky, faraway vocals. The one-man band from Texas has a comforting, familiar feel, like summer evenings spent on porches sipping whiskey, with simply strummed blues chords and stripped-down, sentimental lyrics. Graves—AKA Alejandro Rose-Garcia—is not reinventing folk or country, but brings a captivating genuineness with him onstage, and is definitely worth seeing live. Both early and late shows are sold out, but you might want to check Craigslist. RACHEL MILBAUER
LADY SINGS THE BLUES: A TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Siren Nation is a collective that has been integral in the empowerment of female artists in the Northwest, increasing the visibility of their work throughout the year, as well as during their annual Siren Nation Festival. To support their gallant efforts, they've wrangled some of our favorite local musicians—who also happen to be female—to pay tribute to the inimitable Billie Holiday, a woman whose voice lives on and continues to inspire. These ladies—including Catherine Feeny, Liz Vice, Danielle Sullivan-Ward, and others—operating in genres ranging from funk to folk, will perform their own renditions of Holiday's songs and subsequently illustrate her strong influence across the musical spectrum. It's bound to be a remarkable evening, and ticket sales will benefit the nonprofit's mission of supporting women artists. RAQUEL NASSER
CARLOS SOUFFRONT, DJ TRONIC, DJ TONY STEWART, MICAH McNELLY
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) A seasoned music selector once pointed out that a great DJ has an intimate connection with their music, and knows how to put songs together in a way that makes them more than they'd be on their own. It takes years of attention and dedication to develop the wisdom needed to create and alter the moods of an entire room—it's what sets the newbies apart from the wizards. This applies to Carlos Souffront completely and he's got the props and experience to prove it. A celebrated alchemist of the dance-music scene from Detroit to San Francisco, he cultivates an atmosphere of magic-making where people can get really freaky. Unafraid to challenge dancefloors, he brings a refreshing perspective that pulls back the curtain to reveal hidden musical dimensions sure to shift your consciousness in the right direction. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
PALABRA, ELFIN ELEPHANT, SUS QUARTET
(Habesha, 801 NE Broadway) When Palabra played a record-release show back in January 2012, they vowed it would be the only time they'd play. But the trio of Johan Wagner, Zachary Evans, and Papi Fimbres have since seen fit to make another record, and they've elected to play another show to go with it as well. The new Palabra joint is called Manos Luminosas y el Cubo Blanco ("Luminous hands and the white cube"), and it's a brief, jazzy, largely instrumental flight inward to the cerebral cortex, where sound takes on material characteristics. Tonight Palabra play the expected record release, but I wouldn't count on their shows being a regular thing. Meanwhile, Elfin Elephant is the free-jazz guise of AU's Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka. Tonight should be a memorable evening of fascinating improvised excursions, not likely to be repeated anytime soon. NL