MY MORNING JACKET, EVEREST (Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) Are My Morning Jacket the greatest live rock and roll band on the planet? Probably. Experience the brain-melting splendor that is an epic (we're talking hours upon hours) show from these Louisville rockers, touring in support of their new LP, Circuital. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
BRITNEY SPEARS, NICKI MINAJ, JESSIE AND THE TOY BOYS, NERVO (Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) Britney's back, and this time? SHE'S NOT ALONE. Join Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, which also features the nasty feminine wiles of Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and Nervo, in a show that's been getting a lot of critical raves for its energy and fun. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
HUNX AND HIS PUNX, SHANNON AND THE CLAMS, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See our article on Hunx and His Punx.
NUCULAR AMINALS, THE HOODED HAGS, THE SHIVAS (The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Nucular Aminals' new self-titled full-length out on K Records—not to be confused with their 2008 self-titled release on Aphonia Recordings—is a collection of quick flavor bursts, with sunshine-y pop hidden under prickly passages and pleasantly indecisive arrangements. The junky, two-minute tunes jog along at that unusual pace where frantic meets drowsy, as remnants of aggressive energy fight for turf with body-consuming yawns. The result is that Nucular Aminals hits the ear at unconventional and surprising angles, with melodies shifting their shapes and disappearing before they can be registered and catalogued in the brain. I have yet to determine a standout track among the record's languidly off-kilter jangle pop, and while that might sound like faint praise, it should be mentioned that I'm interested enough to keep listening for one. NED LANNAMANN