"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC
(Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon) It says a lot that despite decades, "Weird Al" Yankovic is still the only guy who can do what he does as well as he does. From Dr. Demento to UHF to CD to YouTube, the ever-adapting, ever-clever Weird Al's still around, still being great. You know what that makes him? AN IRREPLACEABLE CULTURAL ICON AND A MUSICAL AND COMEDIC GENIUS. ERIK HENRIKSEN Read our interview with "Weird Al" Yankovic.
ACxDC, RAW NERVES, HONDURAN, CLOSET CASE, RKC
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) You're going to want to get to Slabtown early for this show from LA's ACxDC (short for Antichrist Demoncore). The two local hardcore bands sharing the bill, Honduran and Raw Nerves, have become staples in the Portland scene in recent years and both bands are putting out new music this month. Raw Nerves celebrate their four-song release Futile Efforts tonight, while Honduran will unleash their full-length Street Eagles on July 30 via local label Eolian Empire. Honduran are a powerviolence three-piece that create a whirlwind of noise. Drummer Kevin Spafford, who must have studied under Animal at the Muppets' chapter of School of Rock, takes on a Vishnu-like form as the band pummels through a jam-packed set of blistering songs. If preview tracks and Honduran's increasingly mesmerizing live shows are any indication, Street Eagles should shape up to be one of the better heavy albums of the summer. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
ROGUE WAVE, HEY MARSEILLES
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Rogue Wave make unfussy power pop in the same vein as Nada Surf—loved by many, but forgettable to some. But you really can't slight good popsmithing, and Zach Rogue has been doing it for the better part of a decade. The Oakland band's latest album, Nightingale Floors, continues their expertise in jangly indie rock, relying on the tried-and-true pairing of sunny strums and sad-sack lyrics. When Rogue Wave does it, they just seem to do it better than others, and make it come across naturally. The first time I saw Rogue Wave was nine years ago in a shoebox of a venue, but even then their songs seemed to be bursting for the arena. They've come a long way, which proves a good pop song always wins. MARK LORE
THE GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention were some of rock's most outré freaks of the super-freaky '60s and '70s. Some folks will never tire of reliving those memories of wild-haired shenanigans where weird rock sweatily embraced political and cultural satire. Which brings us to the Grandmothers of Invention. Now featuring keyboard wizard Don Preston and vocalist/saxophonist/flautist Napoleon Murphy Brock, GOI will perform One Size Fits All in its entirety, plus favorites from Bongo Fury, Overnite Sensation, Uncle Meat, Roxy & Elsewhere, and We're Only in It for the Money. Zappa's been dead for two decades, but if you want the best live representation of his classic tunes now, go see GOI. (By the way, check out Sub Rosa's recent archival dig of Preston's innovative keyboard work, Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-75.) DAVE SEGAL