U SCO, GREX, THE SARCASTIC DHARMA SOCIETY
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Read our article on U Sco.


CHUCK PROPHET AND THE MISSION EXPRESS, RED JACKET MINE
(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) We've still got Ray Davies, but even if we didn't, Chuck Prophet would be more than adequate compensation. The San Francisco songwriter's knack for melody and eagle eye for emotional truth has resulted in a gratuitous wealth of terrific music, and his 13th solo album, Night Surfer, comes out in September. Until then, 2012's Temple Beautiful is more than enough to tide me over: That album's "Museum of Broken Hearts" and "Willie Mays Is Up at Bat" are marvelous evergreens, full of sadness and life and regret and hope. Prophet's one of America's best living songwriters, up there with Jason Isbell and David Dondero and Willy Vlautin. Peter Buck guested on Night Surfer, so if he's in town, maybe he'll come out for a song or two. NED LANNAMANN


THE WIMPS, LUNCH, THE RAT, MOPE GROOVES
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Don't let the name fool you. Seattle trio the Wimps have distilled everything you could want from catchy, pogo-worthy punk rock into a rapid-fire set of loud, hook-driven tunes. The songs that fill out the Wimps' debut album, Repeat, rarely surpass the two-minute mark, but somehow they still find a way to shape the band's world-weary but all too relatable state of mind. The four cuts from their follow-up EP, Party at the Wrong Time—released earlier this year on Seattle-based upstart Help Yourself Records—find the band continuing to whittle away at this sound. Not that they need to sharpen much. They've quickly homed in on a style that's guaranteed to get an audience shaking, making any show the Wimps play a sure bet for an amusingly rowdy night out. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


POP + PUPPETRY: PWRHAUS, SARA JACKSON HOLMAN, MOJAVE BIRD
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Many people have a natural skepticism of puppets; I sympathize. But Katie McClenahan has been throwing clever and delightful grownup-oriented puppet shows in Portland for years now—so we trust that her new show, Pop + Puppetry, which features collaborations between puppeteers and pop bands PWRHAUS, Sara Jackson-Holman, and Mojave Bird, will be something special. ALISON HALLETT


THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) If music were food, Portland's funk and soul scene would be a rich tomato soup: tangy and fun, with maybe a little kick of cumin. New Orleans, however, would be gumbo, and you don't fuck with gumbo. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of the prime examples of a real New Orleans second line band, defined by a swinging rhythm and heavy use of the offbeat. The Dirty Dozen is a 35-year institution; they've traveled with everybody from the Black Crowes to Widespread Panic, and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvis Costello, and numerous others. Polished and always well-seasoned, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is what true gumbo should taste like. ROSE FINN