TACOS 'N' TEQUILA: TIBURONES, WAR 'N' BUFFETT
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Yes, the summeriest event of the summer, Tacos 'n' Tequila, features mouth-watering, inventive tacos from the best chefs in Portland along with deliciously liver-damaging tequila-based cocktails from the finest local barkeeps. BUT! It also includes ass-shaking, fun-time music from the always enjoyable Tiburones, and local supergroup War 'n' Buffett—mashing up songs from War and Jimmy Buffett. What?? Yes!! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
THE THERMALS, SUMMER CANNIBALS, THE GHOST EASE
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Bills do not get better than this all-ages scorcher. First up are local dreamers the Ghost Ease, who deliver Breeders-esque soundscapes, while fuzzy rockers Summer Cannibals will get you plenty warmed up for the rip-roarin' hurricane of the Thermals. This beloved trio doesn't play town near often enough, so make sure to show 'em your appreciation in the form of sweaty dancing. COURTNEY FERGUSON
PHAROAHE MONCH, 9TH WONDER, RAPSODY, DJ REVOLUTION
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) In 1999, Pharoahe Monch could have been a household hiphop name (at least, in households that talked about hiphop). His hit single "Simon Says" was on Billboard's Hot 100 list, and it made its way into Charlie's Angels and Boiler Room. Monch had released three albums as one-half of the rap duo Organized Konfusion, and was featured on a song with Mos Def and Nate Dogg, but after legal disputes over the Gojira/Godzilla sample in "Simon Says," Monch laid low for several years. His new album, P.T.S.D., goes a little deeper than his old '90s jams, examining his battle with depression and anxiety. Ultra-deep and personal, it shows far more sophistication than some of his earlier, catchier shit. Monch says this album could be his last, so catch him while he's still cold and raw. ROSE FINN
BOB SCHNEIDER, HAYES CARLL
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) You can go to Bob Schneider's website and listen to his most recent record, Burden of Proof, and his sometimes fatalistic track-by-track commentary. There, you'll learn that sometimes people laugh when he plays the record's plaintive second track, "I Wish the Wind Would Blow Me." He's okay with that. He gets it. He put the joke in there. But it really is a pretty little lament that just happens to have an oral sex joke in it. Schneider's put out piles of records since the early '90s; Hayes Carll works slower. Carll released his debut in 2002 and has since put out three more. Each has been great, and his last one, 2011's KMAG YOYO, was his best. He can be funny, too. "I'm like James Brown, only white and taller," in "Stomp and Holler," for example. RYAN WHITE
QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL: TUJURIKKUJA, SALLY TIMMS, HUSH ARBORS, CHELSEA RECTOR, SUN FOOT
(Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) The second evening of this two-day event could prove to get a little more raucous than its name would suggest. Headlining the night is Tujurikkuja, an ambient noise duo from the Bay Area whose work attempts to recreate the weird beauty of receiving two shortwave radio frequencies at once. Also on tap tonight is a set of music played in part on a shruti box (a drone instrument used primarily in Indian classical music) meant to soundtrack a "sci-fi art exhibit" from longtime Mekons member Sally Timms, some freeform a cappella weirdness from local outfit Sun Foot, and the concussed psychedelia of Hush Arbors. ROBERT HAM
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