Stretching back to the days of I Am the Fun Blame Monster, Menomena—originally the trio of Justin Harris, Danny Seim, and Brent Knopf—quickly rose through the ranks to become one of Portland's most intriguing and well-regarded bands. They've steadily earned their keep maintaining that spot ever since. Following Knopf's departure, 2012's Moms was alternately playful and elegiac, continuing to offer inventive and original variations on indie-rock sounds—no easy feat. Now Harris and Seim are augmented by Matt Dabrowiak and Dave Depper, and this particular quartet plays their first Portland show ever (barring this summer's 8-Track Relay event that you almost certainly didn't go to). It may also be their last, at least for a while; Menomena currently has no other dates scheduled, and will either be taking time off or, hopefully, starting to tinker on new material. NED LANNAMANN
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"