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MUSIC—Sub Pop scored big last year, at least for music nerds, when it signed German indie geniuses the Notwist, who dropped a new album, Close to the Glass—the group's eighth overall and first since 2008. The Notwist have been laying electronics over poppy melancholia since well before Radiohead made it cool. And these days, any tour might be their last. DCT
w/Jel; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $18-20

COMEDY—Portland's prodigal son of comedy, Ian Karmel, returns to the land of his birth for a three-night headlining gig at Helium. Currently living in LA as a staff writer for Chelsea Lately (as well as continuing his heeelarious column in the Mercury), Ian is both a class act and a very funny smarty-pants, who's sure to bring a U-Haul full of laffs to town. (See our interview with Ian.) WSH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri 7:15 pm, Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-29