BEST! OF PORTLAND 2: SCHOOL OF ROCK AND GUESTS (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Do you enjoy attending rock shows, AND giving back to your community? Well, consider tonight your proverbial jam! Members of Red Fang, Portugal. The Man, Blind Pilot, Typhoon, and many, many others will play songs with students from the School of Rock, with proceeds going to Music in the Schools. And the night will end in a giant dance party! ROSE FINN Read our Q&A with the event organizers, and learn a lot more about this must-see show.
E-40, MANIAC LOK, YO-X, J-PHENOM (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) I made a bet with a friend from the Bay Area almost a decade ago and it was a bad one. He predicted hyphy, both as an adjective and its corresponding rap sub-genre—as pioneered by E-40—would soon permeate Portland's popular culture. I lost. I should've known better than to bet against a legend. Now closer to 50 than 40, the Vallejo progenitor remains as relevant as ever. Last year, 40 released a whopping five records: a three-part suite and a pair of collaborations with Too Short. Tracks like "Function," from the Block Brochure collection, and 2011's "My Shit Bang" go head to head with the bounciest strip-club bangers of today as well as yesterday. But lest we write off Earl Stevens as slobbering or single-minded, E-40—who's family first, forever funky, always repping his city, uncompromised, and unrelenting—is a man in every sense of the word. And certainly not one you should bet against. ANDREW R TONRY
KING BRITT, NATASHA KMETO, MR. ROMO, DJ MICHAEL GRIMES, DJ KEANE (Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Moving ever forward in an exploration and formulation of the deepest corners and hidden facets of sound, King Britt, whose musical career has spanned over two decades, comes to us with the freshest in mind-melting electronica. While most may recognize him chiefly as a globetrotting house producer and DJ, his experience does not stop there. Involved in many projects that bring elements of world music cultures together, Britt's unique sound resonates with unpredictable moments of sonic bliss enveloped in a kaleidoscope of recontextualization. The wheels of steel will be set aside tonight for a special live improvised performance, sure to be an interesting reflection of his many years of dedication. Also performing live is Portland's own one-woman powerhouse, electronic producer and vocalist Natasha Kmeto, sure to make this night one to remember. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
PLETHORA MUSIC FEST: PINEHURST KIDS, IRIE IDEA, SAM WEGMAN, BUBBLE CATS, ROCKET 3 (Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th) Southeast beer haunt Firkin Tavern's inaugural Plethora Music Fest is a model of how to do it right: Three nights of stacked bills featuring great local bands (Pinehurst Kids, Bubble Cats, the Century) from all different genres, and all for the very affordable price of free. NED LANNAMANN