THE FOURTH WALL, BOYS BEACH, JACKSON BOONE

(High Water Mark, 6800 NE MLK) Read our article on the Fourth Wall.


AKA AT THE BURGUNDY WILDCAT

(Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia, Vancouver, WA) More than a dozen local bands are playing across the river under fake names. It's the first-ever AKA fest, put on by the Mississippi Studios folks to take place at the Burgundy Wildcat (actually, the Vancouver Red Lion), and if you can guess who bands like Thai Food and Sexes are, you're in for a treat, gumshoe. Two stages, 14 bands, a nautical theme, and lots of mysterious music. NED LANNAMANN


HOVERFEST

(N Kerby, between Thompson & Tillamook) A fearsome assemblage of heavy bands comes together for the first-ever Hoverfest, staged by custom amp maker Hovercraft Amplifiers. The bands included Danava, Acid King, Witch Mountain, Eight Bells, and more, with Oregon's doom-kings Yob closing things out, and it all goes down in the back alley by Cravedog and Type Foundry. NED LANNAMANN Also see All-Ages Action!


DROPDEAD, BELL WITCH, NOISEM, ANCIENT ALTAR, BASTARD FEAST & MORE

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Read our article on Noisem.


RIOT GRRRL KARAOKE

(The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard) Anybody who's attended or participated in Riot Grrrl Karaoke in the past can attest to its total incomparability. While the event's return to the Foggy Notion, after being held at the all-ages Slabtown in 2013, is a huge bummer for the kids, this year nonetheless looks to be another one for the books. Featuring a tremendous live band and a daunting number of selections—including songs by luminaries like Bikini Kill, Huggybear, and Bratmobile, in addition to songs by groups at the movement's periphery, such as Hole and Veruca Salt—Riot Grrrl Karaoke is at once a tribute to an immensely significant chapter in the punk continuum and a whole lot of booze-fueled, cathartic fun. MORGAN TROPER


THE PARSON RED HEADS: SONGS FROM LAUREL CANYON

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) To some, the singer/songwriter boom that took place in the late '60s and early '70s in Southern California represents the apex of rock 'n' roll sterility. The Parson Red Heads obviously don't feel that way. As a matter of fact, the group is so fond of the sub-movement that they'll be performing two complete sets of cover material by its practitioners (which include, most notably, CSNY, Gram Parsons, the Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Van Dyke Parks, the Byrds, Carole King, and Jackson Browne), in addition to a set of original material, the majority of which will likely be from their latest record, last year's Orb Weaver. Special guests include the Red Heads' producer/Minus 5 frontman Scott McCaughey, a pop litterateur in his own right and one of Portland's most prized songwriting exports, the Fruit Bats' Eric D. Johnson, Blitzen Trapper drummer Brian Koch, Typhoon mastermind Kyle Morton, and more. MORGAN TROPER


THE ROSEBUDS, EL MAY

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Things fall apart, but perhaps none as often as bands and marriages. If you're a band who's also married, needless to say, the odds are stacked against you. Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, the core duo who make Raleigh, North Carolina, band the Rosebuds, fell to these odds a while back and divorced after a decade, but their musical union found a way to continue. Following a rather stormy release that came in their breakup's wake (2011's Loud Planes Fly Low), they seem to have moved on to a more hopeful place on their sixth album, the new Sand + Silence. Readily apparent is the influence of Howard's recent involvement in the band Gayngs—not only for enjoyably breezy, polished cuts like "Mine Mine" and "Death of an Old Bike," but also for the presence of the record's co-producer, Justin Vernon (who, aside from being Mr. Bon Iver, is Howard's bandmate in Gayngs). And speaking of new beginnings, this weekend's Bunk Bar show marks the first for the Rosebuds and Howard in his newly adopted hometown. JEREMY PETERSEN


SUMMER JAM: HUSTLE AND DRONE, THANKS, APPENDIXES, TENDER AGE, DJ EMERSON

(Church, 2600 NE Sandy) Hustle and Drone have been hard at work on their upcoming record, Holyland, due out in September. There's something perfectly summery about Hustle and Drone's synths, lasers, and colorful lights, giving this afternoon's outdoor show—in the parking lot behind the Church bar, with pop-up shops from Mojave, Wanderlust, and Hunter Pass—perfect timing. Hustle and Drone will be matched by the sexy, gritty soul of Thanks, making for a late-season dance party to remind you that now is your chance to seize those sun-kissed, sweaty, booty-shakin' days and nights for all they're worth. Pretty soon, you won't want to leave the house. RACHEL MILBAUER


BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS, MAXX BASS, LINCOLNUP, BEN TACTIC

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The Washington, DC-based duo Beautiful Swimmers are making waves with their unique flavor of house music, bringing a fresh take to a genre that's seemingly been around forever. Their record label, Future Times, is responsible for putting out tunes that sound like they could have been released in the '70s or '80s, drawing inspiration from the classic disco era and creating a sound that's funky, but with a tinge of psychedelia. It's as listenable on the dance floor as it is off. Beautiful Swimmers' attention to detail and the obvious care with which they curate the label and their own productions make them one to watch. With a packed European tour schedule and only a few US dates, we're lucky to catch them stateside. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD