METAL—You'd better start growing your hair and practicing your metal face because the competition will be thick and fierce at the formidable Metal Alliance Tour, featuring unfuckwithable acts like, I dunno, Anthrax, along with Exodus, High on Fire, and the last day of having fully functional eardrums. MS
w/Municipal Waste, Holy Grail; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 6 pm, $32-37, all ages
MUSIC—He's best known as the Monkee with the wool hat and legit songwriting chops ("Papa Gene's Blues," "You Just May Be the One") but Michael Nesmith is nothing less than a true renaissance man, responsible for songs, novels, films, and much more. Don't miss this ultra-rare appearance as he plays choice chestnuts from his excellent and varied solo career. NL
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $39.50-42, all ages
AND! I'm going to break out of the IHT format (don't freak out) to put it in a plug for tonight's Karaoke from Hell benefit for Reading Frenzy tonight at Slabtown.
Dubbed "Karaoke Frenzy," Karaoke From Hell's live band will be joined by special-guest vocalists like Janet Weiss, Holcomb Waller, Corinna Repp, and Rebecca Gates—and, of course, regular ol' karaoke joes like you. Proceeds to go benefit the Reading Frenzy relaunch fund. Tickets are $10 and you can buy 'em in advance.