THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, TWIN SHADOW, CATWALK, DJ IZM

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart seem to have graduated from the senior class of C86—where innocence, coming-of-age lust, and the clairvoyant rock purities of their debut full-length were inked into minds and hearts like permanent messages in a yearbook—and moved away to college in the mid-1990s. That can be attributed to the sonic ears of go-to alt-rock producer Flood, who manned the boards of the Brooklyn band's latest, Belong. Belong is the Pains' awkward, college freshman stage, a little more experienced but still naive and trying to find where they fit in, seeking the guidance and mentoring from a tenured professor of sound, who provides the band with striking rushes of guitar that crash through the crystalline production emphasized by Penny Wang's keyboard. TRAVIS RITTER


PHOSPHORESCENT, FAMILY BAND, JOHN HEART JACKIE

(Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan) A noble Southerner with a romantic streak and penchant for tragedy, Matthew Houck has made great strides over these past few years. Under the moniker Phosphorescent, Houck and company have gone from touring with Bon Iver as their opening act (and watching the crowd vanish after Justin Vernon's set, as they did during his March 2008 show at Holocene) to packing venues the world over, including recent stints at Coachella and Bonnaroo. Last year's Here's to Taking it Easy was a drunken waltz that shuffled through barroom romance ("Tell Me Baby"), failed marriages ("The Mermaid Parade"), and hard-luck tales on the open road (pretty much every song on the album). Yet there is a beaming sliver of optimism in Phosphorescent's lyrical struggles, one that keeps drawing you back into his world. If you lived in these sad songs, you'd be home by now. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


DAEDELUS, TOKIMONSTA, SHLOMO, NATASHA KMETO

(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) You may remember Daedalus from Greek mythology as the dude who constructed the labyrinth, as well as the guy who built the wings and warned his son Icarus about flying too close to the sun. These are both apt characteristics for the similarly named experimental musician and DJ Daedelus (nÉe Alfred Darlington), whose sonic output over the last decade is dizzying and full of dazzling heights. A multi-talented instrumentalist in both the traditional and digital sense, Daedelus produces and collaborates ceaselessly, a pioneer of the fusion between the distorting sounds of synth with seemingly incongruent musical styles such as Latin beats and classic soul. MARANDA BISH


BOMBA ESTEREO, PURPLE & GREEN, SUN ANGLE

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) With a sound larger and more audacious than the majestic locks of Carlos Valderrama, Bomba Estereo are a wondrous blur of modern influences (M.I.A.) and classic South American sounds (cumbia). The Colombian act shares a label with Manu Chao, so it's no surprise their vivid take on global pop is easily digestible, hence their music being licensed in a McDonald's advertising campaign. If Bomba Estereo's electro tropical isn't your thing, you are dead inside. But worry not, the lively R&B jams of Purple & Green will likely resurrect your flatlined soul. EAC

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