DEELAY CEELAY, ATOLE, MARIUS LIBMAN
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) In the spring of 2009, I interviewed Deelay Ceelay in the band's still secretive infancy, back before their name became synonymous with inspirational live performances synched to video projections, and a colorful electronic sound that's the musical equivalent of a horizon full of double rainbows. The forward-thinking duo of Chris Lael Larson and Delaney Kelly are dedicated to creating music and art outside the lines of commence (as you might recall, their debut Thank You EP was available online for free), and now after a modest wait, the Deelay Ceelay pair have returned with their first LP, Sunset Drumsets. This rousing collection of instrumental electro-pop is as layered and complex as it is unabashedly fun—a heaping serving of audio. Live, it's a visual stimulation on par with Ratatat, the Flaming Lips, or (speaking of waiting on a band) the Avalanches. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
MATTACHINE: DJ JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL, AMBER MARTIN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Actor/director/DJ John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, Rabbit Hole) is bringing his infamous West Village Mattachine dance party to our very doorstop. Got a probing question? He'll be answering them earlier in the day, just doors away at Q Center. MARJORIE SKINNER
PICKATHON: BILL CALLAHAN, BLACK MOUNTAIN, DAMIEN JURADO, ELLIOTT BROOD, THE SADIES, LEE FIELDS AND THE EXPRESSIONS, THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN, CALIFONE, JESSE SYKES AND THE SWEET HEREAFTER, SONNY AND THE SUNSETS, & MORE
(Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen, Happy Valley) If we had to pick favorites, when it comes to summertime music fests, Pickathon would fare mighty well in the polls. Whether you camp all weekend or just take a day trip to Pendarvis Farm for nearly 50 fine musical acts, food carts, and general splendor in the grass, don't miss one of the highlights of the summer. MARJORIE SKINNER Also see ourPickathon feature.
FIRE IN THE CANYON: THE PHARCYDE, LIFESAVAS, BUSDRIVER, PHILLY'S PHUNKESTRA, SAPIENT, EDDIE VALIENT, BOY EATS DRUM MACHINE, & MORE
(Horning's Hideoutt, 21277 NW Brunswick Canyon, North Plains) Read our Fire in the Canyon feature.