MUSICFESTNW: BIG FREEDIA, DJ BEYONDA, SERIOUS BUSINESS, CJ AND THE DOLLS, 1-2 BUCKLE MY SHOE
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Last year, the queen diva of New Orleans bounce played a nutso secret show at Sassy's strip club that became the talk of MusicfestNW. This year Big Freedia plays an official show at Dante's, but her rowdy, rambunctious, freakalicious dance party promises to be just as crazy. NED LANNAMANN


JEAN GRAE, MR. LEN, PHILLY'S PHUNKESTRA, DJ ZIMMIE
(Crown Room, 205 NW 4th) Read our article on Jean Grae.


MUSICFESTNW: EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, THE ANTLERS, TYPHOON, ELUVIUM
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th) Read our article on the Antlers.


MUSICFESTNW: BLIND PILOT, AVI BUFFALO, ALELA DIANE, BLACK PRAIRIE
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our article on Blind Pilot.


THIS! FEST: POINT JUNCTURE WA , KIND OF LIKE SPITTING, DEER OR THE DOE , WIZARDS, BRIGHT ARCHER, & MORE
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Want a festival experience without the lines, the fatigue, and the empty wallet? This! Fest crams nearly 20 bands and DJs (plus enough writers to fill an entire floor of Powell's) into the Woods and lets them go nuts for two straight days of unscripted and inebriated entertainment. Even better, it's all local and totally free. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


HOT NIGHTS/WARM COATS 4: MIGHTY, HALFMANHALF, DJ OZROCK, BAD HABITAT, MAC SMIFF, STARZ OF DA BIZARRE, TOP SHELF, PELE WON, NORTH SCIENTIFIK
(Bossanova, 722 E Burnside) Tonight kicks off the three-day hiphop festival and coat drive curated by Ozone (AKA Jessie Sponberg). While all three nights are free to attend, Sponberg recommends bringing a gently used winter coat that will go toward outfitting children in need across the Portland area through Impact NW. Friday is the sole all-ages lineup, headlined by Yung Mil, the Park Rose high-school student who won the Def Jam "Get Schooled" video contest last June that led to a meeting with Russell Simmons and an appearance on BET's 106 & Park. The rest of the weekend is littered with a diverse sampling of local talent, with highlights including the laidback jazz samples, scratches, and breezy lyricism of North Scientifik on Saturday, as well as the manic punk-rock energy of Abadawn backed by his band the Kill Party on Sunday.  RYAN FEIGH


MUSICFESTNW: NEUROSIS, GRAILS, YOB, AKIMBO
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Neurosis has come a long way since Pain of Mind. That 1987 album is the sound of a hardcore band through and through, but over the years the Oakland-based band has been infinitely more flexible than most of their peers, incorporating quieter passages, folk-influenced melodies, and cataclysmic rumbles into their sound, and stretching compositions out to prog-rock lengths. The heavier elements of their sound have always suggested metal, and a great many metal bands—often on the doomier end of the spectrum—owe huge tribute to Neurosis, but they're simply in a class of their own. They've found a pair of perfect billmates in tonight's show: Portland-based Grails began as Godspeed-style post-rock with a dark streak, but the instrumental band has grown to incorporate some truly chilling sounds into its arsenal, echoing both folk and metal while belonging to neither. And Eugene's YOB plays stoned-out Northwest doom as if they invented it, and, well, they kind of did. NED LANNAMANN


MUSICFESTNW: TED LEO, REBECCA GATES, DEATH SONGS, WILD ONES
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Things to do when I rob a bank (and then tell everyone I won the lottery): (1) Buy Mom a house. (2) Give the rest of the money to Ted Leo. Our savior of domestic punk—even if his music barely touches the margins of what the liberty-spiked masses consider punk—Leo has weathered the storm of bankrupt record companies and countless other bad breaks over the course of an untouchable multi-decade career (both solo and as the frontman to Chisel—who join Lifter Puller as the other respected band of yore that you know about, but probably have never listened to). Even if your very core is a cold, empty pit of cynicism, hatred, and despair, you will find solace in his inspiring working-class anthems. Leo is a goddamn national treasure, and it's time we started treating him like one. Ted, the cash is in the mail. Watch out for that dye pack. EAC


MUSICFESTNW: TY SEGALL, RTX, HEAVY CREAM, DRUNK LADIES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) When Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema started RTX following her split with longtime bandmate Neil Michael Hagerty, she really let her balls-out-rocking persona wave its freak flag. Less arty and subversive than Royal Trux, who were one of the greatest rock combos of the '90s, RTX flaunt a bell-bottomed boogie-rock attack that flirts with parody, although Herrema seems so unlike the ironic type. For better or for worse, she means every venomous sneer, blocky power chord, and pig-squealing guitar solo. She and her hirsute California boys grind out meatloaf-and-mashed-potatoes rock for hockey arenas and hockey-haired dudes—somewhere between Thin Lizzy and a beardless ZZ Top. Check out "Speed to Roam" for RTX's one certifiable classic. DAVE SEGAL