MUSIC—Folk-music polymath Sam Amidon has turned American musical traditions on their ear in a series of stunning albums, and his latest, Bright Sunny South, is no exception. His goose-pimple music is absolutely worth seeing live—he's no less captivating a performer than he is a songwriter and interpreter. NL
w/Alessi's Ark, Barna Howard; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $8-10

MUSIC—With only a handful of freakish mutations surviving the fallout of the folk explosion, it's a relief that some bands persevered without the fanfare or sanctimony of their more monstrous peers. Between the wistful, romantic charm of the harmony-drenched Parson Red Heads and the buoyant, fresh-faced optimism of Desert Noises, there may just be hope for all of us yet. AR
w/Said the Whale; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $8-10