THE SHIVAS, SUPER 78, HONEY BUCKET
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Portland garage-pop trio Honey Bucket recently followed up last year's self-titled cassette with the release of Futon, another Gnar Tape full of warm lo-fi gems to bob along to. "New Operation" and "Wizard Mountain, Pt. 2" get things off to a rough and rumbling start, providing some of the album's catchiest uptempo moments right off the bat. On the other end, "Jon Song" closes things out with the group's longest track to date, a reflective and meditative number that fully encapsulates the band's cozy, laidback vibe. With Honey Bucket working to establish the trend of naming your act after a porta potty, I continue to hold out hope for the electronic production duo of Willy Make It and the Wizard of Ooze to come forward. Have at it, beat heads; that's pure gold. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


PIOTR KUREK, THREADS, BRETT WITTMAN
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Poland's Piotr Kurek combines impeccable and eerie melodic grace with a questing tone palette. His music seems geared for offbeat horror films and the academy, but it has an anything-can-happen sensibility that's rare in the latter place. Kurek's Heat album is a Rhodes-heavy compendium of deep, cosmic tone poetry that encompasses many moods. DAVE SEGAL


LUZ ELENA MENDOZA, PAT HULL, THE SMOKING FLOWERS, HARLOWE
(Secret Society, 116 NE Russell) For the past few years, Pat Hull has released a string of inspired albums. With wanderlust as his co-captain, Hull's "Harvest Moon"-like tenor has taken him from stints in Vermont, Chico, Brooklyn, and most recently Santa Cruz, all while touring and generating grassroots support for his prolific run of releases. His latest, Shed Skin, sends Hull's repetitive anti-folk songs to lush heights, allowing his rubber-band vocals room to roam. While in Portland, Hull will be finishing up his next album, a collection of live cuts from Yellow Room Studio that features Harlowe's Mark Robertson and Bob Reynolds. Nashville rock duo Smoking Flowers are along for the ride on this 10-day tour with Hull, towing an infectious trailer of dusty alt-country tunes. RYAN J. PRADO