PICKATHON: NEKO CASE, DR. DOG, THEE SATISFACTION, KITTY DAISY AND LEWIS, BOMBINO, LANGHORNE SLIM, PHOSPHORESCENT, THEE OH SEES, THE MYNABIRDS, SONNY AND THE SUNSETS, CASS MCCOMBS & MORE (Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen) Pickathon will spoil you (see here for more on that)—good food, zero douchebags, and music memories you'll treasure for life will do that. Tonight the incomparable Neko Case will play her first set of the weekend on the impossibly intimate Woods stage. I challenge you not to cry when the cathedral timbre of her voice rattles your bones. MARJORIE SKINNER Also read our feature on Pickathon.
FANG ISLAND, ZECHS MARQUISE, THE HUGS (Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Butt rock is a dying breed, but I'm not sure why—everybody loves it, from suburban moms to patched-denim heshers to the tenderest tweenyboppers. Which is why Fang Island's latest, Major, is such a dopily heartwarming listen: It brings the rawk straight back to where it belongs—your butt—by evoking Journey and Boston and AC/DC and Billy Squier and all the crappy FM rock-block jams that have become part of your DNA. Crunchy, squealy guitars and needlessly speedy riffs ornament melodies that are as sweet and gloppy as a two-pack of Twinkies, with some 21st century advances for good measure (reedy indie-guy vocals, post-emo guitar symphonics). It's impossible not to be cheered up by Fang Island, who are wholly unpretentious about delivering massive, gilt-edged, anthemic rock. To your butt. NED LANNAMANN
SMMR BMMR: THERAPISTS, SHANNON &THE CLAMS, MEAN JEANS, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH, WHITE WIRES & MORE (Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) The annual SMMR BMMR is upon us, and it's time to get bmmd out by punk, garage, and dirty pop from the likes of Personal and the Pizzas, Kepi Ghoulie, the Memories, the Bugs, Terry Malts, and tons more. Wait, two days of crazed rock 'n' roll goodtimes? That doesn't sound like a BMMR to me. Ah, wordplay! NL
GAZA, EAGLE TWIN, ELITIST (Backspace, 115 NW 5th) The author of All Music's review for Eagle Twin's LP, The Unkindness of Crows, actually refers to the record as an "innovative experiment." Seriously? I'm on Billy Joel's side with this one: It's still rock and roll to me. More precisely, it's that faintly proggy, psychedelic offshoot referred to as doom metal, that at one point was nerdy as shit but is cool again. (Slayer and dreadlocks also seem to be undergoing a renaissance.) It's still innocuous, wholesome "rock" music nonetheless—which is not to say I can't shake my ass to "Birds of Black Hot Fire." I can, and will. The bravest thing about this band is their flamboyant name—perhaps an allusion to the fact that they're a duo?—but at the end of the day, it's just "Highway Star" in A standard at a funereal pace. Which is awesome, I suppose. MORGAN TROPER
COUVFEST NW: RAGS AND RIBBONS, THE SINDICATE, TRAVIS PETERSEN BAND, OUTER SPACE HEATERS & MORE (Turtle Place Park, 7th & Main, Vancouver) It's been scientifically verified through copious case studies, on-the-ground data collection, and myriad test subject intimidation that Vancouver is definitely not Portland. But that doesn't mean our sister city to the north doesn't have taste, or that their thirst for live outdoor music is any easier slaked. Submitted as evidence is the return of the annual CouvFest NW, featuring local Vancouverite artists all day at Turtle Place Park for absolutely free. We'll ignore that Rags and Ribbons rep themselves as Portlanders, because when it really comes down to it, who gives a shit? The band's densely grained, guitar-heavy, pianos 'n' harmonies prog epicness, as found on most recent LP The Glass Masses, is big enough for both cities. RYAN J. PRADO
KASEY CHAMBERS (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) You know how some music doesn't exactly age well? I saw Kasey Chambers' name on the list of upcoming shows, had a moment of recognition because I certainly listened to her album Barricades & Brickwalls in the early '00s, and had a fond association. I like her voice, but blergh. Sorry! I would say this is definitely a show to go to if you have a soft spot for Australian country music, if you are me 10 years ago, if you're not pretty enough, if you're heart's too broken, if you cry too much, if you're too outspoken. C'mon, I can see right through you. ANNA MINARD