PDX POP NOW! COMPILATION RELEASE: SAPIENT, SEAN FLINN AND THE ROYAL WE, SUMMER CANNIBALS, WISHYUNU (Backspace, 115 NW 5th) PDX Pop Now!'s annual compilation is the best barometer of local music around, and this year's double-disc set is no exception. Featuring a staggeringly diverse 43 tracks from all walks of the Portland music scene, there are local hits, obscurities from unknown bands, and exclusive premieres of new tracks from big names. The only thing these astonishingly diverse songs have in common is that they're all great, and tonight's release party features four of the participants. Sapient—riding high on the artistic triumph of his recent, groundbreaking Slump album—headlines, but be sure to get there in time for Sean Flinn and the Royal We's stately, sun-flared folk-rock, Summer Cannibals' knife-sharp post-punk, and Wishyunu's sexy synth slow jams. NED LANNAMANN
GATHERING OF THE GOOFPUNX (Various locations) The weekend-long Gathering of the Goofpunx is an all-ages DIY punk fest with more than 30 bands of all stripes and sizes playing various venues around town. Check out the fest site for complete info.
LOVERS, ATOLE, COINS (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Portland queer, indie synth-pop favorites Lovers are bringing their big show to Pride weekend with Atole and Coins opening. Celebrating the community of local out musicians is one of the best ways you can check being proud in public off your list this year—plus it will be cute and fun, so... what else is there? LOGAN LYNN
SPACE WAVES, SPIRIT LAKE, THOMAS MUDRICK AND (((BOING))) (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The ambitiously titled You Can Ride a Beam of Light Like a Musical Strum, the latest from workaholic dreamgazers Space Wave, offers chilled-out presence with an immediacy that's palpable when you're totally zoning out. That's most definitely a compliment. The band's coalescence has reached dizzying heights over the last year, having built their own studio, Mindwave, as well as minting their very own label, also called Mindwave. Whichever wave you want to apply to it is fine; You Can Ride... runs goopy, far-away guitars through the gauntlet of an eerie pre-dawn nightmare, scouring all the little essences of sonic mastery and head-down rock ambiance there may be available on earth to muster. RYAN J. PRADO
LIVE AND DIRECT: REV SHINES, SLIMKID3, DJ NATURE, STARCHILE (Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Those nostalgic for the days when tribes were called Qwest and clans were largely Wu-Tang can groove down to the smooth DJ stylings of the Pharcyde’s Slimkid3. Tre "Slimkid" Hardson, now on a solo mission and living in Portland, has been bringing us the monthly DJ remix set Live and Direct since 2009 along with conspirators Rev. Shines, DJ Nature, and Starchile, putting the “hip” back in hiphop. As they’ll be spinning everything from Kool and the Gang to the great MJ to Grandmaster Flash, one would be hard-pressed not to dance, or at the very least screech, “Oh my god, I love this song!” (This month features live painting by guest artist Keith Carter.) ROSE FINN