WHITE FANG, THE SHIVAS, BOOM!
(Burgerville, 1122 SE Hawthorne) What better place for a Burger Records showcase than Burgerville? Three of the city's finest, sickest bands will pack your buns with meaty music, including the Shivas, Boom!, and party kings White Fang. It's all part of KPSU's Radio Revival series of shows and events to raise funds for a bona fide FM signal. Yes, you want fries with that. NED LANNAMANN
DAWES, DR. DOG
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Dr. Dog (neither doctors nor dogs) is back in Portland for the first time since co-headlining Pickathon last summer. Vocalists Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken collaborate on lead vocals, creating Beatles-derived harmonies that scream for simpler times and summer barbeques. Their recent album, 2012's Be the Void, is their most clean cut to date, but still retains the lo-fi fuzzy charm that attracted us in the first place. It's been exciting to hear their sound evolve between albums, from homemade garage project to creamy, polished rock. While the recordings are a good place to start, their gritty, dynamic performances are the best way to experience their inventive and vibrant sound. RACHEL MILBAUER
DROPPING GEMS: WIRES FOR SALU, GHOST FEET, DJAO, CITYMOUTH AND BONE ROCK, PHILIP GRASS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The six tracks on Dropping Gems' latest compilation, Gem Drops Three, provide a glimpse at the state of electronic music, from the Northwest and beyond. All but one of the contributors (the Boston-based M. Constant) will be on hand for tonight's release celebration, including Portland duo Philip Grass, Portland/Olympia duo Ghost Feet, and visitors from Seattle and San Francisco. The music contained on Gem Drops Three is uniformly lovely and runs quite the gamut—Dropping Gems has provided some handy genre descriptors, like "maximalist shuttle launch," "emo-juke," and "underground lake narrative"—but what's remarkable is how well Gem Drops Three works as a whole. All these contributors complement each other rather than drown each other out, and the same should prove true for tonight's bill. NL