SIREN NATION: CORIN TUCKER BAND, KELLI SCHAEFER, LEMOLO, XIMENA SARINANA

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Siren Nation festival celebrates the fair sex's contributions to music, art, performance, and film—and who better to headline than the Corin Tucker Band? Their frontwoman's career clambers over such varied territory as riot grrrl, indie rock stardom, and motherhood. ALISON HALLETT


BLACK STAR, SHABAZZ PALACES, RISKY STAR

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Read our article on Black Star.


CORY BRANAN, JOHN PHELAN, BETTY AND THE BOY

(Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE 39th) I do not say this lightly: Cory Branan is easily one of the best songwriters currently traversing the sinuous tributaries of our nation's interstates. He's a careful wordsmith and a wily, dynamic guitar player who can (and will) change course at the slightest crosswind. This is why his recordings, 2002's The Hell You Say and 2006's 12 Songs, do him little justice, and also why he has succeeded as a solo act for so long (save for some tours with Drag the River's Jon Snodgrass); Branan is at his best untethered and unhinged. Not to mention his stage banter can often be an act in itself. The smart-mouthed boy from Mississippi has been known to pulse his already clever songs with hilarious (and often self-deprecating) quips at a near inaudible speed. If you haven't seen Cory Branan play yet, don't do yourself any further disservice. RAQUEL NASSER


RISKY STAR, LIBRETTO, REV. SHINES, NU ERA, DESTRO, L PRO

(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Portland native Risky Star is celebrating the release of his latest full-length, Cool Breeze Volume 1, which lives up to its name as it features laidback bars spit over breezy melodic production. Thematically, the record has a heavy R&B influence, closer to Drake or Chris Brown than any release from a local emcee in recent memory. He also landed the opening slot for the much-anticipated Black Star show earlier tonight, and this release show at the Someday Lounge doubles as the official Black Star afterparty. RYAN FEIGH