ROCK FOR PETE: BLACK PRAIRIE, COLIN MELOY, SEAN CROGHAN, CASEY NEILL, LEWI LONGMIRE, JAMES LOW & MORE (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Sadly, Portland musician Pete Krebs has had the unfortunate diagnosis of a rare form of cancer. On the plus side, a wealth of the city's most luminous musicians are rallying to his side with three incredible nights like this (tonight featuring Black Prairie, Colin Meloy, and more) to drum up much needed support. It'll be a powerful night, in more ways than one. MARJORIE SKINNER Also, read our article on Pete Krebs.
NUCULAR AMINALS, STAY CALM, FOR THE LASH (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Nucular Aminals write swirling, multi-dimensional grunge-rock songs. For the past few years, they have been making albums and touring extensively, performing with acts like Ty Segall and White Fence. Their music melds reverb-saturated garage guitar and funeral-parlor organ with expressive drums and low, droning vocals, creating a truly stand-out, aggressive sound. Their most recent full-length, Start from an End, is heavy and heady; the track "Untitled" is a perfect example of how their music steers narrowly into the uneasy and edgy before directing their audience back in a melodic, rockin' direction. They also have a new 7-inch due out on Hovercraft, just in time for their European tour in March. RACHEL MILBAUER