TYCHO, CHRISTOPHER WILLITS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Scott Hansen is a photographer and designer in addition to being a musician, so it's no surprise that his primary sonic vehicle, Tycho, has always been presented in a tidy, thoughtful aesthetic package. Never has that been more true than on Tycho's 2014 album Awake, a seamless slice of pop-ambient perfection that lives somewhere between the tireless motorik pace of post-rock powerhouse Maserati and the expansive, glitchy haze of electro-pop wizards like Washed Out and Ulrich Schnauss. Awake is a portal into another world where an evening spent watching the sunset and then staring at the stars comes with its own built-in soundtrack. It is beautiful and melancholy. But mostly beautiful. BEN SALMON
SUNDOWN AT ECOTRUST: ALELA DIANE, LOST LANDER
(Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, 721 NW 9th) For the past few Thursdays, Ecotrust has been celebrating summer with their Sundown events, which offer free live music along with food, drink, and lots of ecologically minded info. Tonight's finale boasts local folk singer Alela Diane and the eco-minded danceability of Lost Lander, a double-header that can't be beat. NED LANNAMANN
NERD NIGHT OUT: SARAH DONNER, THE DOUBLECLICKS
(Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway) Sweet and sour dork-folk duo the Doubleclicks went from being a secret handshake band to a national semi-sensation when their third LP, Lasers and Feelings, entered the top 10 on Billboard's Comedy chart. To peg the Portland pair of sisters as a mere "comedy" act, however, would be doing them a massive disservice. "Cats and Netflix," the opening cut off the group's new record Dimetrodon, is a poignant tribute to two of the average Portlander's favorite autumnal pastimes, and "Ennui (On We Go)" (get it?) is an "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"-esque micro-anthem for the perpetually bored. MORGAN TROPER Also see My, What a Busy Week!