LOVERS, KAIA WILSON, THE GOLDEN BEARS (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Fresh off a tour through Europe, Lovers have returned to their rightful place in Portland's arms. Tonight we prove that we understand their layers of harmonized melancholy and synthy coyness better than anyplace else. Plus the excellent company of Kaia Wilson and the Golden Bears joins them. Group hug. MARJORIE SKINNER Also, read our article on Kaia Wilson.
QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL: GROUPER, SONNY SMITH, SAM COOMES, CAROLYN PENNYPACKER RIGGS, DAN SASAKI (Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) Keep your voice down: It's the return of the Quiet Music Festival, which softly landed in Disjecta last year and now makes a hushed return for its second installment. A bevy of excellent acts—some who ordinarily keep things on the muted end of the audio spectrum, and some who certainly don't—have all agreed to turn down the volume knob for two full nights. The acts that festival curator Chris Johanson has assembled are impressive in any capacity, including several of Portland's finest (Grouper and Sam Coomes on Friday; Scout Niblett and Ural Thomas on Saturday) plus others from down the coast (Sonny Smith, Vetiver, others). It'll be a remarkable two days that won't leave your ears ringing. NED LANNAMANN
DOLLY PARTON HOOT NIGHT (Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Quick facts about Dolly Parton: She has 11 siblings, no kids, is the godmother of Miley Cyrus, and the queen of country music. Tonight, Siren Nation's seventh annual Dolly Parton Hoot Night pays tribute to the nation's #1 blonde with a boot-kickin' lineup of local musicians covering her hits. SARAH MIRK
MOJAVE BIRD, BEN DARWISH (Graeter Art Gallery, 131 NW 2nd) Mojave Bird is the solo musical endeavor of Portland's Grace Peters. Her chilling yet comforting voice holds you in suspense as it drifts in and out of layers of cool, drawn-out, ambient synth loops and bright piano sounds. Since releasing her debut EP, You Animal People, on Bandcamp, Peters has been making waves in the local music community. Don't be surprised if you find out she's your favorite Portland artist's favorite Portland artist. Tonight she'll be sharing the space with composer/pianist Ben Darwish for her monthly, free residency at downtown's Graeter Art Gallery, which continues through September. ROCHELLE HUNTER
ROSE BENT, THE LOVE LOUNGERS (Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Attend enough hiphop shows, and you'll eventually witness an act who demands more energy from the crowd than they themselves are willing to commit. Sure, there might be a small contingent waving their hands like they just don't care, but it's born of apathy rather than elation; quite frankly, it's a pathetic sight. Luckily, you'll never encounter that during a Rose Bent show, because the three local ladies who make up the group know what it means to be entertainers. High-energy choreography and an effusive performance style command all but the most staid wallflowers up to the front of the stage to get down with the group. Tonight finds Rose Bent releasing their latest mixtape, Crimson Skies, which features DJ Sneakers and builds upon their excellent 2010 debut. The Love Loungers, Portland's premier "groove-hop" outfit, are also celebrating a new album of their own. RYAN FEIGH