LOW, BACHELORETTE
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) For the past 18 years Low has provided us with intimate and personal soundtracks to everything from heartbreak to Christmas. The widely influential trio is currently touring in support of C'mon—full-length number nine for the Duluth, Minnesota band—and they are bringing along the lovely, '60s-inspired sounds of Bachelorette. EAC


THE ALBUM LEAF, SISTER CRAYON
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) There are very few things in life that you can set your watch to, yet one of those is the Album Leaf. Every handful of years Jimmy LaValle will surface, team with some gifted Icelander (like Sigur RÓs' JÓnsi), release a recording of delicately assembled music that'll soundtrack your dreams, disappear for a while, and then do it all again a few years down the road. Last year's A Chorus of Storytellers follows that same path, although LaValle loosened his grip on the reins some, and assembled this complex musical ship in a bottle with the assistance of a full band for the first time. Of course, it's absolutely stunning, the sort of meticulous recording that evolves and expands in countless directions upon each and every listen. To depend on a musician is to set yourself up for disappointment, but the Album Leaf is the exception to that rule. EAC


WHITE ORANGE, ANCIENT WARLOCKS, BROKAW
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) White Orange deserves credit for the best-looking releases of the year. Their 12-inch single "And This Is Why I Speak to You in Parables" came on a gorgeous picture disc with stunning cover artwork, an incredibly lavish package for what was essentially one monster riff repeated for 13 minutes (the B-side was a five-minute edit of the track). Now here's their self-titled debut, which contains a lot more musical content, and is just as visually appealing, with cover art that goes beyond Axis: Bold as Love-style trippy into the realm of mindfuck. The album contains rock of the most gigantic kind, with huge guitar riffs doubled, tripled, quadrupled into oblivion, and a drum sound that's truly volcanic. This enormity of sound works in favor of White Orange's woozily stoned, far-out rawk, but there's even room for a twinge of pop in the Mascis-y riff to "Dinosaur Bones." NL


ARTICHOKE MUSIC'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY: RICHARD COLOMBO, KATE POWER, STEVE EINHORN, ANNE WEISS, LEELA GRACE, MATT MEIGHAN, DAN'L, DONNALYNN, SKY IN THE ROAD, BITTEROOT
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Artichoke Music swung open their doors 40 years ago—for context, it was the same month that John Lennon released Imagine—which is a lifetime in music years. While the scenery outside their SE Hawthorne location has changed drastically over the years (hippies have been replaced by... uh, never mind, it's exactly the same), the music industry has evolved and Artichoke Music found itself on the ropes a few years back, unsure if they'd be able to stay open. But they rallied, thanks to donations to their nonprofit music school and acoustic venue, and now the destination for all things wooden and stringed celebrates their 40-year anniversary with this festive lineup of mostly acoustic performers. EAC