PDX POP NOW! COMP RELEASE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Every year, PDX Pop Now! releases a compilation album stuffed with the best current music happening in our city, and today they celebrate 2014's edition with not one, but two release shows: an afternoon all-ages set with New Move, Blak Neon, and more, plus an evening bill with Illmaculate, Hosannas, and others! NED LANNAMANN


EELS, CHELSEA WOLFE
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Eels peaked with its second album, the underrated and unflinchingly personal Electro-Shock Blues, a gorgeous, Brian Wilson-for-Gen-X aural suicide note. But where do you go artistically once you've bared your soul? While Eels main man Mark Oliver Everett still hasn't been able to articulate his depressive propensities to the level of Electro-Shock's frightening perspective and elocution, the new Eels LP, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, is one of the songwriter's strongest collections to date, reestablishing Everett as one of pop's leading intellectuals. MORGAN TROPER Also read our article on Chelsea Wolfe


R&B: RIHANNA VS. BEYONCE: DJ FREAKY OUTTY, RONIN ROC, DJ K. MARIE
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) Featuring "nothing but the classic joints from their distinguished careers," Dig a Pony's DJ night R&B features DJs Freaky Outty and Ronin Roc spinning tracks from Beyoncé and Rihanna. Let's call it a "tribute" instead of a "battle"—because if it's a battle? No way is Queen B not going to decimate Rihanna. But still! A night of Rihanna and Beyoncé? CAN'T ARGUE WITH THAT. ERIK HENRIKSEN


THOLLEM MCDONAS, ANDRE ST. JAMES, TIM DUROCHE
(TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont) Thollem McDonas is a man who never stays in one place too long. The improvisational keyboardist keeps up a steady schedule of performances, recording sessions, and workshops around the world—all the better to collaborate with as many different people as possible. Along his journeys, he's worked with dance companies, filmmaker Matthew Barney, and Wilco guitarist/jazz dynamo Nels Cline. On this Portland stop, McDonas will be in full rhythm trio mode, playing alongside bassist Andre St. James and drummer Tim DuRoche, two artists who strive to carry the torch for experimental jazz in our fair city. Prepare yourself accordingly for plenty of fiery playing and some skin-tingling cacophony. ROBERT HAM


LOS DADDYS, CUCHO PONCE, DOBLE SENTIDO
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) The population of Chinantla, Mexico—a village located about 150 miles southeast of Mexico City, in the state of Puebla—hovers right around 2,000 people. It's where the musical group Los Daddys originate. The group—which, like many people from that region, has connections to New York—plays cumbia sonidera, a style of dance music that was borne in the poor barrios of Mexico City. Los Daddys combine the classic style of tropical cumbia from the '70s, which includes keyboards, horns and traditional percussion, with modern effects and DJs. If you want to shake up your musical week (and shake your tush), this is the place to be. MARK LORE