KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE
(Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel, Ridgefield, WA) There aren't many bands in the world more divisive than KISS. Those who love the band do so with religious zealotry; those on the other side look at the band with the same derision as Nickelback. But almost 40 years in, KISS' place in American music (and pop culture) is secure. They're consummate underdogs, businessmen, and survivors. And despite what you think, they're also a rock and roll b®and. Get past Gene Simmons' massive ego/codpiece. Pass up "Beth" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" for the deep cuts. Know that—with all the makeup and schlock and bombs—these are just four guys from New York that were reared on the best British bands from the '60s. Simmons and his longtime partner Paul Stanley are all that remain of the original lineup, but there's still not a better/louder show in town. And they still champion rock 'n' roll like it's 1975. It's big, dumb fun—just like their no-brainer choice for co-headliners, Mötley Crüe. MARK LORE


JOVANOTTI
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) The words "Italian pop star" bring to mind a terrifying vision of an Il Divo-like belter, emitting sweat and schmaltzy dreck for the pleasure of enthusiastic, possibly horny crowds of elderly women. What a surprise it is, then, to listen to Jovanotti's new Italia 1988-2012 compilation album, which remixes and re-contextualizes some of the Italian pop star's recordings over his near-25-year career. He started off heavily influenced by the Beastie Boys, then embraced global pop and collaborated with acts like SÉrgio Mendes, TV on the Radio, and Luciano Pavarotti. I don't understand his lyrics, of course, but Jovanotti's music sounds subtle, diverse, and classy. He recently moved to New York and is trying his hand at the American market, and though I can't imagine him becoming the kind of sensation he is in Italy, fans of smart pop (who don't mind lyrics not sung in English) will definitely get something out of Jovanotti. NED LANNAMANN