OFF!, MIKEY AND THE MISTAKES, THE MEAN JEANS, BLOOD BEACH

(East End, 203 SE Grand) See our article on OFF!.


KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS, EMA

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Asbury Park is to Bruce Springsteen what Philadelphia is to Kurt Vile. But the parallels between the two men and their associations with their hometowns don't stop there. Kurt Vile is this generation's rising young Boss. The prolific, stoner-slacker troubadour first wafted through a mysterious plume of relaxed, poetic ruminations on 2008's Constant Hitmaker and hit the road both solo and with backing band the Violators. He took his "Freak Train" off the rails with 2009's Childish Prodigy, further distinguishing Vile's penchant for making pop/rock songs with a well-mic'ed acoustic guitar and click-thwacked drum machine. His latest, Smoke Ring for My Halo, is Vile at his very best so far, working in dreamlike earworm pop masterpieces like "Society Is My Friend" and voyeuristic introspection on "Peeping Tomboy," with Vile's unique slack-jawed delivery, and fingers running across the frets like a man lost without a map, blazing his own trails that always find a way into your mind. TRAVIS RITTER Also see our article on EMA.


BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, THE SATIN CHAPS, THE MIDNIGHT CALLERS

(Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan) Tonight's not just the release show for Blue Skies for Black Hearts' latest album, Embracing the Modern Age; it's also the premiere of their half-hour movie of the same name. Judging by the trailer, it's a madcap romp in the style of a Monkees episode, and it's bound to feature many of the terrific songs from the record, a triumph of British beat, pre-glam, and power pop. This is Blue Skies' fifth full-length in less than a decade, and virtually every song sounds like a forgotten hit from bygone days, with all of its pop puzzle pieces snapping together tightly—immaculate arrangements with just the right amount of scuzz, conjuring up memories of the Exploding Hearts (whose 2003 classic Guitar Romantic was co-produced by Blue Skies frontman Pat Kearns). Tunes from Embracing such as "Majoring in the Arts" and "Sitting on the Edge" are catchy, perfect dazzlers, proof that however they may turn out to be as filmmakers, Blue Skies for Black Hearts are at the top of the heap musically. NED LANNAMANN

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


SUNBURN FESTIVAL: WOODS, SALLIE FORD AND THE SOUND OUTSIDE, ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD, ASTRONAUTALIS, + MORE

(Stamm Hall at Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill) Skip the sunscreen and get ready to burn up at the annual Sunburn Music Fest at Lewis & Clark. Their biggest lineup yet brings in the likes of Woods, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Mt. Eerie, interactive emcee extraordinaire Astronautalis, and tons more. While it's free for Lewis & Clarkies, it'll set us non-students back a measly $10. Total bargain. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


TOBACCO, BEANS, SHAPERS

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Tobacco is the enigmatic prime mover of Pittsburgh folkadelic freaks Black Moth Super Rainbow working in solo hiphop(ish) idiom. Over two albums with Anticon (Fucked Up Friends and Maniac Meat), Tobacco has staked out a very weird niche in the beatmaking scene. At his best, Tobacco sounds like a bizarre fusion of Boards of Canada and J Dilla, with clipped, mulched funk beats punching through muted, hazy wind instruments and wonky, bulbous analog synth billows. (If this is all done on computers, they're very stoned computers.) Beans is Antipop Consortium's most out-there emcee and producer, which is saying several mouthfuls. DAVE SEGAL

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