KELLI SCHAEFER, AAN, CAMPFIRE OK

(The Artistery, 4315 SE Division) Read our article about Kelli Schaefer.


DEICIDE, BELPHEGOR, BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS, PATHOLOGY, WILD BOAR CANNERY

(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Read our article about Deicide.


PURE COUNTRY GOLD, THE MEAN JEANS, HEY LOVER, DJ HWY 7

(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) A few weeks back Pure Country Gold dropped a bombshell when they casually mentioned—oh, by the way—that their Slabtown Bender performance would likely be their final show ever. Jerks. Thankfully the duo of Patrick Foss and Jake Welliver is giving us one final chance to shed some tears in our domestic beers with this official farewell bash. Expect the band to blaze through all your old favorites and be the recipient of more awkward drunk hugs than a wedding receiving line. While none of us want to live in a world without the disorderly garage clatter of PCG, and songs like "You Got to Bro Up to Bro Down," we're just going to have to get through this together. Be strong. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.


ALAMEDA, PORCHES, OK BIRD

(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Portland bands have been known to get stringy; something about this incessant rain makes us yearn to drown our sorrows (or slit our throats?) with the lonesome bow of the violin. While some may overindulge, though, Alameda has found a safe spot among the frantic bow wielders, artfully blending classical arrangements with indie rock sensibilities for an understated and beautiful outcome. Lead singer/guitarist Stirling Myles is an earnest-voiced fellow with two female counterparts, cellist Jessie Dettwiler and Jennifer Woodall, a symphony clarinetist who ups the woodwind's cool factor (fourth-grade self, rejoice!). And so it stands, the trio's ready-to-release debut album, Seasons/Spectres, is bound to find a good home among us maudlin cave dwellers, with "New Leaf," the band's lead single, graciously alluding to those first hopeful specks of spring. RAQUEL NASSER


STRANGLED DARLINGS

(Alberta Street Public House, 1036 NE Alberta) There are two Strangled Darlings: mandolin player George Veech and cellist Jessica Anderly. That unconventional pairing of stringed things forms the backbone of the duo's first full-length, The Devil in Outer Space: An Operetta. The record—its Satan-astronaut plotline not quite discernible to me, except in the title track—is a collection of alternately choppy and rollicking tunes helmed by Veech's lit-nerd lyrics and confrontational vocals. Strangled Darlings channel out a unique pocket in the local folk music scene, sidestepping a few of its old-timey affectations and sounding very much of the minute. NED LANNAMANN


A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.