PSYCHIC FELINE, BLOOD BEACH, ZOTZ
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Read our article on Psychic Feline.
LAMBCHOP, ALINA HARDIN
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The wonderfully imaginative world of Kurt Wagner has gone through lots of morphing. Whether in reinventing the way most music fans think about Nashville songwriters with Lambchop's debut full-length, I Hope You Are Sitting Down (AKA Jack's Tulips), his moody ruminations on traditional soul, or the all-purpose tsunami of sound that is the recently dropped Mr. M, Wagner's imprint is anything but easily identifiable. Mr. M's delicately orchestrated, easy-listening blend of Bacharach-ian lounge ("Gar"), string-sensitive sonatas ("Mr. Met") and whispery winners (the unassailably great "Gone Tomorrow"), though, is one of Lambchop's most cohesive listens to date. And maybe even their best. Wagner's frail, often spookily funny Southern disposition ought to coalesce well inside the bunker-like confines of the Fir. RYAN J. PRADO
PARENTHETICAL GIRLS, WAMPIRE, THE CROW
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) They've been popping up on lineups a lot lately, but Portland's most dramatic, texturally orchestrated pop band (fronted by former Mercury music editor and sometimes freelancer Zac Pennington) Parenthetical Girls sounds better than ever, and tonight they headline their own show, where they'll be the rightful center of attention. MARJORIE SKINNER
ROCKY VOTOLATO, KEVIN LONG
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The evolution of Rocky Votolato has come full circle. Born in a small Texas town and living the better part of his life in Seattle, the troubadour spent years in the rock band Waxwing before settling into his current incarnation as a country-folk musician. On his own after a short run with Barsuk, Votolato continues to dig into his Texas roots, playing somber bedroom folk with clever wordplay. It becomes important to zoom in on those lyrics, too, as his sparse folk songs have a way of blurring together. But true is the audience that follows Votolato, as they kicked in nearly $40,000 in a Kickstarter campaign for his latest release, Television of Saints. MARK LORE