THE VEILS, HOLIDAY FRIENDS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Calling all fans of the Walkmen and Nick Cave! The Veils would like to plop a huge dollop of head-bobbing joy into your existence with their fourth album Time Stays, We Go, full of jangling guitars, soulful Jeff Buckley-esque vocals, and burning atmospherics. Plus, the London band is renowned for their killer live performances! COURTNEY FERGUSON Read our article on the Veils.
WORLD BOOK NIGHT: LAURA GIBSON
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Encyclopedia: Read it! JK. World Book Night has a crazy idea that if they give free books to light or non-readers that those people will read! Tonight's event features Alexis Smith and her Tin House-released novel Glaciers, Leigh Newman's Still Points North, plus a performance by Laura Gibson and the Mercury's Alison Hallett on emcee duty. MARJORIE SKINNER
(Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) David Longstreth doesn't often play solo these days—he's got an army of a band called Dirty Projectors that occupies a fair amount of his time. It's been five years since Longstreth has performed solo in Portland. So what brings him out here for his first solo gig since 2008? It's a fundraiser for Yale Union, the nonprofit art space where Dirty Projectors recorded Bitte Orca (it also benefits the Oregon Food Bank, so bring a canned good). Hearing Longstreth's songs—normally layered and twisted—in their pure form should give them even more of a good dusting in the ramshackle confines of the Eagles Lodge. MARK LORE