THE GREAT IDEA: QUASI, TYPHOON, THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS & MORE (Enchanted Forest, 8642 Enchanted Way SE, Turner) The charming amusement park Enchanted Forest is, hands down, the best thing about Oregon—and today, the Great Idea Festival returns with a full day of live music from the likes of the Builders and the Butchers, Quasi, Typhoon, and the Challenge of Mondor! Just kidding! The Challenge of Mondor is one of Enchanted Forest's many amazing rides! ERIK HENRIKSEN Also read our article on the Great Idea Festival.
CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE, THE KNUX, CHICHARONES, CLOUDY OCTOBER (Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Champagne Champagne are self-described "punk-rap-shoegazers" from Seattle who put just as much effort into partying as they do in creating high-energy hiphop. The Knux are the Hollywood duo of brothers Alvin and Kentrell Lindsey, whose formative years in New Orleans helped influence and shape their sound: namely, a musical gumbo that is unmistakably rap music, but filtered through their love of electro, new wave, and classic rock. Hometown hiphop heroes the Chicharones never fail to deliver an amazing live show, which must truly be seen to be believed. A healthy dose of humor combined with costumes, dance moves, and a tight backing band once led Spin magazine to dub them "the Best Bar Band in America." They also just returned from a five-week nationwide tour promoting their latest release, Swine Flew, so their stage show should be tighter than ever. RYAN FEIGH
THE ENGLISH BEAT, NATALIE WOULDN'T (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) 2-Tone forebears the English Beat (as they are known as in America, due to a trademark-related oversight on their part) are one of those bands that are so fortunate to not have released more than a few albums. Four, to be exact, including an essential B-sides and assorted curios compilation, What Is Beat?, released after the band's initial breakup. I say fortunate because those albums are all pretty great, and they never got the opportunity to burn the whole legacy to the ground by putting out a bad one, which is so unusual among older bands (and mostly inevitable, as brilliance is finite). So expect only to hear the good stuff tonight ("Tears of a Clown," "Can't Get Used to Losing You," and of course, "Save It for Later"). Frontman Dave Wakeling is also one of the genre's most engaging frontmen, and from the looks of things he hasn't lost an ounce of energy. MORGAN TROPER
FRANZ FERDINAND, CARNIVORES (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) By all accounts, Franz Ferdinand are planning a "comeback" this year. And by most accounts this is a good thing. The Scottish quartet hasn't released anything new in over three years (and anything interesting in even longer), leaving dance floors bare and bloggers feeling a little empty inside. But it really is difficult not to like Franz Ferdinand—the band can make even the squarest white male want to get out and dance, while still satisfying the rock-'n'-roller inside who likes angular guitars and pop hooks. They're more fun than anything America has called dance music in the past decade. Maybe "comeback" is the right word after all. MARK LORE