STRANGLE, SMASH—Xiu Xiu's success ain't bad for an act whose sound is as rooted in the strangled cries of emotionally tormented founder Jamie Stewart as it is the dissonant crashes of punishing dissonance, like razors shocking you out of a medicated daze. It's a beautiful show, though... really. MS
w/tUnE-yArDs, Pearly Gate Music, Operative; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $10

SPEAK TO ME—"Lucky Bastards" is the theme of the latest installment of Back Fence PDX, a live storytelling series. Witness our newsroom's own Sarah Mirk telling a story that was too hot to print on the Mercury's pages. Trust me: It involves some very, very naughty girls. Free cupcakes beforehand. SK
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7:30 pm, $10-14

Three… two… one… get busy! My, What a Busy Week!