TINY RUINS, BIG HAUNT, AU DUNES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Tiny Ruins.


THE HOLD STEADY, CHEAP GIRLS
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins hosted the MLB all-star game for the first time since the week I was born. As someone who grew up spending summers along the Mississippi, I wanted nothing more than to spend that day in the Twin Cities. I'm positive Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn felt the same way while he was busy on the road, spinning coming-of-age tales, packed full of hope in the face of despair. Finn spent his youth watching Twins baseball and dragging his dad to record stores to purchase Replacements albums. Three decades on, he's composed a ballpark anthem for the team, and his band are primed to share the stage with Westerberg and Stinson at their homecoming reunion this September. Finn thoroughly embodies his life-affirming, classic-rock laden anthems, and it's this trait that makes witnessing the Hold Steady live an experience that's as genuine and inspiring as they come. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


FRANK FAIRFIELD
(Duff's Garage, 2530 NE 82nd) Frank Fairfield has had good luck with record labels in his young career. His first two albums—2009's self-titled and 2011's Out on the Open West—came out on Tompkins Square, one of the world's finest excavators of ancient and contemporary folk music. And earlier this year, Jack White's Third Man Records put out a Fairfield 7-inch called "Duncan and Brady," which is probably not a tribute to the great San Antonio Spurs big man and the handsome New England Patriots quarterback. Point is: There's a good chance that Jack White, lover of things that are a bit odd and out-of-time, has heard Fairfield's mesmerizing, pitch-perfect take on traditional music and pre-war folk-blues. And if Jack and Third Man are behind Fairfield, who's to say he couldn't blow up? Old-time music for old souls everywhere. Let's do this. BEN SALMON


AMOS LEE, BLACK PRAIRIE
(Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon) Amos Lee is having a nice love affair with the West Coast, as evidenced by multiple performances a year up and down the I-5 corridor. Following the explosive success of the Joey Burns-produced LP Mission Bell in 2011—which debuted at number one on Billboard—and the equally tantalizing, bluesy-roots follow-up Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, Lee is as busy as ever. He's joined by Portland's own dark Americana crew Black Prairie, whose new album, Fortune, finds the band transmogrifying yet again. And the Oregon Zoo's Croc-sporting masses are certain to join in rhythmic unison with the stewing lions in the Serengeti exhibit or the chimps in the primate habitat. Remember that sex scene in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective where Jim Carrey and Courtney Cox get down in sight of an audience of exotic birds to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"? Yeah, it'll be almost exactly like that. RJP