CASTANETS, ALAMEDA, OLD LIGHT
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) After taking a slight detour as Raymond Byron and the White Freighter, Ray Raposa returns this year with the project he started more than a decade ago: Castanets. Decimation Blues is another folk-leaning record loaded with bells and whistles, all built around Raposa's tender vocals. It's a sometimes-weird amalgam that leads to some interesting moments, although "interesting" comes in both good and bad. Drum machines and synthesizers come and go in songs like "My Girl Comes to the City" and "Be My Eyes," sometimes distracting from his sad-bastard tales and even sadder vocals. One thing is certain: It'll be interesting to hear how it all plays out in the live experience. MARK LORE Also see My, What a Busy Week!
BENEFIT FOR JORGE: BLOOD BEACH, THE WOOLEN MEN, HOODED HAGS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) I don't know Jorge Páez, but it sounds like he has excellent taste in music. His Barcelona booking company, Hell Yeah Bookings, has brought great Portland bands like Hornet Leg, the Woolen Men, and Blood Beach across the ocean for European tours. Sadly, Páez's mother in Lima, Peru, recently suffered a brain stroke, and the medical bills are mounting up. That's why a bunch of rad folks in Portland are staging tonight's benefit—to help out Páez's family as best they can. Haunted-beach-party surf-rockers Blood Beach are reuniting specially for tonight's show, and their horror-show psychedelia has been missed around these parts. Garage-janglers the Woolen Men and accelero-punkers Hooded Hags are the other fine folks making tonight's show happen. But you can count yourself among tonight's very real heroes if you give generously at the door. NED LANNAMANN
BEYONCÉ'S BIRTHDAY: HOLLA AND OATES, RONIN ROC
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Holocene is properly celebrating Beyoncé's birthday with the booty-licious dance party, Bey Day: A Birthday Celebration for the Queen! DJs Holla n Oates and Ronin Roc will be spinning Beyoncé's best for a sweaty crowd, plus video art, a special dance performance from House of Aquarius, and a Beyoncé costume contest! (Dig out that black unitard, and robot glove with a ring on it!) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
THE STONE FOXES, JOEL MAGID, FOXY LEMON
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) With a blues-rock foundation and vocals just hidden behind a wall of distortion, the Stone Foxes could easily confuse you into thinking Arctic Monkeys just collaborated with Dan Auerbach. The coolest thing about this band is their Goodnight Moon Project; lead singer Shannon Koehler recruited homeless musicians to play on a track he wrote about living on the streets, and the band collects canned goods at their shows to give to homeless shelters. Based out of San Francisco, the Foxes are modern-day blues slathered on slow, loud rock. Though their gritty vocals and basic chords sound like a lot of bands within the genre, they undoubtedly do it well. ROSE FINN
FOLDING|SPACE: J. ALVAREZ, AUDIOELECTRONIC, TWITCHDOKTOR
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) Folding|Space is celebrating its two-year anniversary in style. Seattle's J. Alvarez—AKA Chris Roman, who also performs as 214—brings a fresh take on dance music, blending the notorious Miami Bass sound with elements of funk, R&B, and house. With releases on underground electronic labels like Clone, Frustrated Funk, Hypercolour, and Touchin' Bass, he keeps the true spirit of musical innovation alive. His performances run a gamut of styles, offering a taste of the past by way of the future. Also performing is Portland's Closer Festival co-founder AudioElectronic, known for his attentive selections geared toward the most thoughtful of dance-floor junkies. As head of Portland's own Nude Photo Music, he's got an arsenal of grooves to draw from. Prepare to get schooled by some of the Pacific Northwest's most dedicated selectors. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
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