RUN ON SENTENCE, STAR ANNA
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PETER MATTHEW BAUER, JAPANESE GUY
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Many critics loved erudite New York indie-rock band the Walkmen, but not this one. Sonically speaking, they struck me as one of the blandest acts of the '00s. I saw them perform once in Orange County, and it felt like being politely force-fed mayonnaise on white Wonder® Bread sandwiches. Peter Matthew Bauer played bass for the Walkmen, so he shares some of the blame for their offenses. But his debut solo album, Liberation!—while not a bastion of innovation by any means—contains more flavor per song than his old unit's albums ever did. Liberation! revolves around Bauer's upbringing in a Hindu yoga cult and explores the nature of belief and its repercussions. Overall, it sounds like a hybrid of Brian Jonestown Massacre's vaguely Eastern-leaning psychedelia and Tom Petty's blue-collar rock—which is more interesting than the Walkmen. DAVE SEGAL


SHEER TERROR, POISON IDEA, LONGKNIFE, & MORE
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Originating in the mid-'80s, Sheer Terror were an immensely influential New York City punk band that had funny album covers. They're otherwise noteworthy for synthesizing the velocity of then-novel early hardcore with sludgy, Church of Iommi riffage. Their latest record, Standing Up for Falling Down, is the group's first proper LP in 18 years. MORGAN TROPER


FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, EXMORTUS, HATCHET, MANIAK, HYBORIAN RAGE
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Known for a spell as Metallica bassist Jason Newsted's former band, Flotsam and Jetsam did just fine without him after his departure in 1986. No Place for Disgrace remains one of the band's finest hours, so much so that the members of Flotsam and Jetsam re-released it this year with a new mix. I can't say I know any F&J fans, but they must be out there, as No Place For Disgrace 2014 came about per the request of fans (and was ultimately financed by them via Pledge Music). Now Flotsam and Jetsam are taking it on the road in America and beyond, including a stop at Portland's Tonic Lounge, which has become a hot spot for past-their-prime hard rock and metal bands. Much to my delight. MARK LORE


MISSISSIPPI STREET FAIR
(N Mississippi between Fremont and Skidmore) The 13th annual Mississippi Street Fair—in which vendors and food purveyors boot cars from the best chunks of North Mississippi—is a summertime must. Drink some beer in the shadow of new development, and figure out which stage of music and theater (filled by the likes of the We Shared Milk, Atomic Arts, and Ryan Sollee) you'll want to haunt. DENIS C. THERIAULT


ARCTIC FLOWERS, THE NERVOUS, PISS TEST, LUNCH
(Boogie's Burgers and Brew, 910 E Burnside) Punk rock and burgers! Portland band Arctic Flowers are playing one of their first all-ages shows since the release of their new record, Weaver. Accompanying them are Denver's the Nervous, ramshackle punks Piss Test, and garage-rock-revival revivalists Lunch. It all just sounds like a bunch of noise to me. MORGAN TROPER