PICKATHON
(Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen) It's finally here! Our favorite event on the music calendar makes its welcome return: three days of excellent live music in the bucolic setting of Pendarvis Farm. It's Pickathon, and this year boasts the fest's most impressive lineup yet, with X, Nickel Creek, the War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Ural Thomas, and dozens more. NED LANNAMANN Read our feature on Pickathon.


QUEER MUSIC FESTIVAL: GAYTHEIST, NIGHT CADET, 7HIRDWAV3, JOHN COONS, PURRBOT
(Crush, 1400 SE Morrison) The Portland Queer Music Festival is back, and bringing it hard with tonight's slam-bang lineup of ass-wagglin' gay groups, including the punk/pop stylings of Gaythiest, as well as Seattle's Night Cadet, Neka & Kahlo, and even more to come! But! If you like what you see here, don't miss three extra days of musical queer fun as the fest continues at various locales! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


FREE SALAMANDER EXHIBIT, DEAD RIDER, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Any musical project that springs out of the U.S. Maple orbit must be taken seriously. Case in point: Dead Rider. Former U.S. Maple guitarist Todd Rittmann leads this Chicago group of misfits, which also includes keyboardist Thymme Jones (Cheer-Accident, Brise-Glace), trumpeter/keyboardist Andrea Fraught, and drummer Matt Espy. Their latest album on Drag City, Chills on Glass, thankfully bears some of those Captain Beefheart-meets-This Heat traits that abounded on U.S. Maple records (see especially "Sex Grip Enemy"), but Dead Rider swim in slightly more conventional, songwriterly waters. Still, these tracks flail at you from strange angles, bearing frayed, barbed-wire guitar and keyboard textures and vocals oozing suave desperation, so expect a night of puzzling, equilibrium-ruining avant-rock. DAVE SEGAL


T-PAIN
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Finding good music amid the over-produced world of shorties and forties can sometimes feel challenging and pointless, but T-Pain brings the soul and musicality that so many others sorely lack. Named from the Florida struggles ("Tallahassee Pain") of his childhood, Faheem Rasheed Najm was not your average African American Muslim boy. By the age of 10, he'd turned his bedroom into a lo-fi recording studio. He's since gone on to be the poster boy for Auto-Tune—for better or worse. Though some of T-Pain's more recent material has been more "meh" than "aww yeah," Najm still writes actual songs about real aspects of his life, from suicide and AIDS to falling in love with strippers. His new album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, is due later in the year, and the advance single "Up Down (Do This All Day)" was produced by DJ Mustard. ROSE FINN