JOHN K. SAMSON AND THE PROVINCIAL BAND, SHOTGUN JIMMIE

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on John K. Samson.


KATHLEEN EDWARDS, HANNAH GEORGAS

(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) In 2003, I was driving to the record store for no particular reason while WFUV broadcast a live, on-air performance from some Canadian songwriter I'd never heard of. It was Kathleen Edwards, and when I arrived at the local Tower Records, I hopped out, bought Edwards' first CD Failer, got back in the car, and drove home. Everything about this story is hilariously dated now (Tower Records! CDs! Driving around for no reason at all!), but Edwards' music still has that same immediate effect on me. Her latest album Voyageur—the extra "u" is for "prodUced by her boyfriend Bon Iver"—adds a layer of lush sonics to her knife's-edge songwriting. If the tricked-out production mutes some of the piercing near-despair of her icy folk songs (I'd call Failer, for instance, "wrist-slittingly great"), it adds a layer of intrigue and beauty that's worth investigating over the course of multiple listens. NED LANNAMANN


CLYDE COMMON SHOWCASE: DEFECT DEFECT, AUTISTIC YOUTH, ATROCITY EXHIBITION, WHALES, PALE HORSE

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) I learned something! The sweaty kitchen at Clyde Common, the fancy-yet-casual downtown restaurant, is a haven for punk rockers. And, lo, here comes Slabtown with the Clyde Common Showcase, featuring bands that feature all those service industry workers. Come for bands like Defect Defect, Autistic Youth, Atrocity Exhibition, Whales, and Pale Horse, stay for the pinball and cheap alcohol. DENIS C. THERIAULT