PICKATHON: DR. DOG, BREATHE OWL BREATHE, MEGAFAUN, WEINLAND, & MORE (Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen, Happy Valley) PICK—In our book, this weekend is the height of Portland summer: Pickathon! Over 40 bands—playing rock, roots, bluegrass, and more—hit the woods, barns, and outdoor stages of Pendarvis Farm, just outside of town. Camp for all three days, or just drop in for an afternoon; we guarantee you'll have a good time. NL
Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen, Happy Valley, Fri-Sun, $70-140, all ages, pickathon.com for schedule.
GREAT IDEA FEST: TYPHOON, REPORTER, WAMPIRE, SKELETRON, & MORE (Enchanted Forest, 8462 Enchanted Way SE, Turner) GREATNESS—Take one great thing, like live music, then add the greatest thing ever, AKA the Enchanted Forest, and blam! You've got yourself the Great Idea Festival, featuring Typhoon, Reporter, Wampire, and many more bands playing the most magical place on Earth. (Suck it, Disneyland.) MS
Enchanted Forest, 8462 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR, 10 am-8 pm, $15-17
JOANNA NEWSOM, ROBIN PECKNOLD (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) While staring down the deep canyons carved by the wily Yuba River's path through Nevada County, California, cluttered with the round, pregnant bellies of sun-bleached boulders and rushing with eager currents, one may find oneself pleasantly underwhelmed by the many qualms of mankind. Suddenly, in the visual throes of those oddly cerulean waters, it's no longer worth considering all of the wild territories lost to gravelly tract housing or the exponential growth of cacophonous advertisements on television. Those things seem distant and silly when drowned out by the river and its rushing, as it waxes and wanes with the seasons, and as it rolls over the smooth, gold-flecked rocks that line the bottom, as it has all along. For those who pay attention, it is clear that the mystique of Nevada City, an old gold mining town northeast of Sacramento's smokestacks and highly susceptible to romanticizing, has had a fervent impact on Joanna Newsom and her body of music (along with the many musical folks from whence they came).
Cool Nutz, Smile Brigade, Mister Loveless and The Mentors after the jump!
As always, you can find our complete live music listings here.
COOL NUTZ (Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd) Terrance "Cool Nutz" Scott has been a pillar of the Portland hiphop scene for so long that if you don't already know who he is, you must be going out of your way to stay ignorant. In 1992 he and Bosco "Bosko" Kante created Jus Family Records and they've been grinding hard ever since. Diversifying his hustle far beyond his role as a musical artist, Scott helped found the POH-Hop Festival and hosts the weekly Northwest Breakout Show as a way to showcase up-and-coming cats in the burgeoning regional scene. Tonight is a release show for his latest recording, Incredible, which boasts blazing, head-nod, radio-ready production from criminally slept-on producer Terminill. And for the younger heads, it's all ages, so this is a perfect opportunity to get wrecked with wisdom by someone who has been living and breathing hiphop longer than you've been alive. RYAN FEIGH
SMILE BRIGADE, PONY VILLAGE (The Knife Shop at Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Seattle band Smile Brigade's new album, Do You Come Here Often?, could offer a cure for those sleepless nights when an overactive brain leaves you lying awake for hours on end. Songs like "Mother's Day Song," "Gold in Them Hills," and "Postscript" float through the air with quiet piano, gentle jingle bells, and softly sung lyrics about fireflies and falling in love and such. Before you know it, your eyelids will grow heavy, the tension in your shoulders will start to melt away, and your head will sink a little lower into the pillow. Hopefully for tonight's Portland CD release party, though, they stick to more upbeat, slightly psychedelic-inspired songs like "Killjoy Switch" and "Walking Wind." Otherwise, everyone in the room will be sleeping like babies. MEGAN SELING
THE PRIDS, MISTER LOVELESS, MAGICK DAGGERS (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The influences Mister Loveless draws upon are shared by multiple bands of the moment from the past decade. The easiest parallel to draw would be the Killers, who share Rob Miller's dispassionate vocal drawl and reluctant no-wave march-step. What has kept Mister Loveless afloat while the '80s revival crested and died has been an ear for hooks that transcend the morose pop they traffic in. There's nothing about this San Francisco quartet that's completely new, but it's nice to hear a shopworn sound honed once again into songs you wouldn't mind hearing over and over again on the radio. DAVID BOW
SLEAZEFEST 2010: THE MENTORS, WE ARE 86'ED, TRUCULENCE, MEAGAN'S LAW, CLACKAMAS BABY KILLERS, KRIX, ALCOHOLOCOST (Red Room, 2530 NE 82nd) El Duce's not in the Mentors anymore. Remember El Duce, Eldon Hoke? That fat, hairy, drunken motherfucker who, back in the late '80s/early '90s, was always popping up on Jerry Springer, had Tipper Gore and the PMRC's panties in a bunch, and was rumored to have murdered—or, at the very least, been offered $50,000 by Courtney Love to murder—Kurt Cobain?! Nope, El Duce got hit by a train in '97. He's off smashing beer bottles on his own face somewhere with GG Allin now. What the Mentors do have is original guitarists Sickie Wifebeater and Dr. Heathen Scum. They also still have those black executioner hoods that they've been wearing since '77, when they formed at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. I'm not sure if the Mentors' beyond-sexist, Über-perverted "rape rock" still has the power to offend or shock anyone in 2010, but something tells me it probably does. KELLY O