THE NOTWIST, JEL
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Sub Pop scored big last year, at least for music nerds, when it signed German indie geniuses the Notwist, who dropped a new album, Close to the Glass—the group's eighth overall and first since 2008. The Notwist have been laying electronics over poppy melancholia since well before Radiohead made it cool. And these days, any tour might be their last. DENIS C. THERIAULT
DME HOODOO MOON CRUISE: LIL' ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS, BLIND BOY PAXTON, BOMBINO, TY CURTIS BAND
(Portland Spirit, boarding at SW Salmon & Naito) Bombino and his marvelous band play the Waterfront Blues Festival at 8 pm tonight. Afterward, still sweating, they'll hustle over to the adjacent dock, where the Portland Spirit will pull up anchor and set sail (or jets, or whatever) at 10:30. And while catching the Tuareg desert rockers anywhere would be electrifying, on the water they might turn third-rail deadly. Bombino—AKA bandleader/guitarist Omara Moctar—is a shredder, and with the band up to the dexterous and emotional task, the sound becomes selfless and indefatigable. The droning, polyrhythmic roots keep Bombino's riffs from the realm of indulgent, unfeeling, hoop-jumping guitar heroics and instead turn them into high-voltage hypnotism. ANDREW R TONRY
AAN, THANKS, NEW MOVE, STRANGE BABES DJS
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) Dig a Pony is pulling out all the stops for their Fourth of July party, as they play host to some of Portland's best bands for two evenings of free music. Thursday night, catch the off-kilter experimental rock of Aan, paired nicely with the tense, sinister, soulful sounds of Thanks. Both bands kicked off 2014 with albums that could be locks for many best-of lists come December. On Friday, come see Summer Cannibals mow down audiences with their fierce and urgent brand of rock 'n' roll, along with the mind-melting psychedelic garage-rock of Wooden Indian Burial Ground—two bands with live sets capable of blowing away even the biggest fireworks display. Just be sure to leave the barbecue early enough so you can catch opening act Eyelids, who, unlike that hot dog you ate earlier, boast quality ingredients, with a lineup of Portland rock veterans and a bright and polished Flying Nun sound. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
PAINTED PALMS, FOREIGN ORANGE, IMPERIAL MAMMOTH
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) It's been seven years since Animal Collective's Panda Bear—AKA Noah Lennox—released his solo masterpiece Person Pitch. Mildly adventurous music lovers for whom 2007 was a formative year are in their 20s now and are starting to sprout bands. You can see where this is going, right? Painted Palms is a San Francisco-based duo of cousins who began writing songs via the internet when they lived thousands of miles apart, and then didn't stop writing songs when they didn't. As a result, their lush electropop is replete with the kind of elongated, roller-coaster melodies that Lennox employs, but it's also too processed and impersonal; Painted Palms' debut album, Forever, is bubbly but bloodless. The potential for great beauty is there, though, as the cousins grow into their sound and learn to let their influences be influences rather than an instruction manual. BEN SALMON
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