BUCK UP—Seeing English eccentric Robyn Hitchcock would be reason enough to leave the house, but throw in Young Fresh Fellows and an opening set from REM's Peter Buck, who just released his Portland-recorded first solo album, and you've got the most illustrious bill in town. NL
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $18-20

THE AMAZING RACIST—The adage goes, "It's funny because it's true." When it comes to Ari Shaffir, it's indeed funny because it's true, and it's so true it hurts, and you really don't have any choice but to laugh, because it's either that or start beating people. BR
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-25