THE AFGHAN WHIGS, JOSEPH ARTHUR

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It is empirically impossible for the reunited Afghan Whigs to put out too much music, come through town too often, or sing the word "baby" too many sexually charged times. That's what's called science. Greg Dulli and the boys are back for a two-night run at the Doug Fir, after blowing the roof off the joint in April. Get fucking stoked, baby. COURTNEY FERGUSON


POCKETKNIFE, WISHYUNU

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Last time we heard from Pocketknife, it was in the form of their 2011 EP, Tough as Snails, a collection of quaint, vaguely twee songs that sounded extremely Swedish (that's a compliment). The group's long-awaited new LP, Dying to Pretend, is a natural evolution from Tough as Snails. Opening track "Treasure" makes it clear that the group—whose Jessica Boudreaux has gone on to recent notoriety as a member of Summer Cannibals—have developed a dancier side without eschewing the pop sensibility that made them stand out in the first place. And hook-a-second standouts "The Push of Love" and "Really Really a Lot a Lot" are crash courses in effective pop songcraft. Overall, Dying to Pretend is simply a great, dense electro-pop record that avoids most, if not all, of the clichéd pratfalls that the electro-pop designation has come to imply. They still sound pretty goddamned Swedish, too. MORGAN TROPER


CONSUMER, RAS MIX, DR. BURTRUM, 1000 TRASHCANS

(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Experimental noise music can be a tricky taste to acquire. When even some of the genre's best-regarded acts come off as grating and alienating to neophytes, the music becomes a difficult thing to recommend in a live setting. Luckily, there are people out there crafting noise with playfully engaging energy behind it. Portland's Matt Palenske is one of these people. He operates under the alias Consumer, layering looping beats, obscure samples, and modulated vocals to create a sound that has the drive to get your head bobbing—along with the weird factor that keeps you grinning for the length of an entire set. Consumer's latest release, rB>C, rides a line between dissonant and downright soulful, and makes for an experience that's as captivating and accessible as just about anything coming from the realm of avant-garde sonic exploration. CHIPP TERWILLIGER