SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars create perhaps the world's most upbeat music about horrific rebel warfare. The real-life refugee band's West African sounds match perfectly with emcee Black Nature's smooth lyrics. (Hometown bonus: He wound up going to community college in Portland!) SARAH MIRK

THE BLACK ANGELS, SLEEPY SUN
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Austin's finest purveyors of psychedelia, the Black Angels, return to town with their thumping acid rock, so buckle up for a trip to lysergic lands. Don't miss Bay Area openers Sleepy Sun, whose dynamic brand of psych is downright mind expanding. NED LANNAMANN

NATE LACY
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) The downtown locale that is now the delightful new Crystal Hotel was formerly the home of the infamous Club Portland bathhouse. Now that the glory holes have been plugged (darn!), stroll into their basement bar, Al's Den, for an intimate set from Nate Lacy of Mimicking Birds, playing a residency all week long. EZRA ACE CARAEFF