THE BIG FLOAT: URAL THOMAS AND THE PAIN, SCOTT PEMBERTON TRIO
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito & Columbia) Grab your life jacket, inner tube or inflatable whale, because it's time for the funnest river event of the summer, the Big Float! Two thousand plus people will gather at the waterfront to float and frolic in the Willamette and then party afterward at Tom McCall Bowl, with live bands (including Ural Thomas and the Pain) playing on a river barge. It's a MUST-DO for all who call themselves true Portlanders. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


PAT BENATAR, NEIL GIRALDO, RICK SPRINGFIELD, WILLIAM BECKETT
(Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon) Your mom is going to be so excited. How come? Pat Benatar is in town! For a concert! At the Oregon Zoo! And she'll be playing on the same bill as Rick Springfield. (Whom your mom might like even more... hubba-hubba!) The show's expensive. It's also sold out. But you love your mom, right? You'll find a way. DENIS C. THERIAULT


DUB THOMPSON, PAPER UPPER CUTS, ADVENTUROUS SLEEPING
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) The two young men in Dub Thompson seem proud of the fact that there are only eight songs on their debut album, 9 Songs, but that's far from the strangest thing about this slab of murky, quirky indie rock. Lead track "Hayward!" lurches to life like a swamp thing before careening through stretches of noise-punk and lo-fi funk. "Dograces" rides a greasy groove and occasionally opens up into a sudden, incongruous pop chorus. It sounds like an early-'90s Beck tune. "No Time" is most reflective of the band's name, a gauzy little psych-pop jam gently powered by a reggae rhythm, and "Pterodactyls" closes things with a bracing blast of post-punk. 9 Songs isn't bad by any means, but it definitely feels like an early evolutionary step for Dub Thompson, one that's fascinating, if not always successful. BEN SALMON