BASEMENT, TURNSTILE, DEFEATER, COLLEEN GREEN
(Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne) Following the success of her 2015 full-length, I Want to Grow Up, Colleen Green is getting ready to release a brand-new, self-titled EP this May as part of Nashville label Infinity Cat's Cassette Series. Green's dark, lo-fi bubblegum pop sounds like she's getting high on the Ramones' rock 'n' roll grave. Her songs usually feature a simple drum machine beat, a sludgy, chugging riff (often borrowed from the Ramones), and her subdued vocals. On the new EP, Green continues to follow this formula, her signature style revealing micro-nuances that initially might seem repetitive. "Here It Comes" is the release's standout—Green sets her drum machine to overdrive and unleashes a chorus of "oohs" and "ahs" as she sings about waiting for her bus. CIARA DOLAN
THE ARCS, MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Let's pretend we're unaware that Dan Auerbach is the frontman of the Black Keys, and let's consider his new band, the Arcs, on their own merit. Who would the Arcs best be compared to? Well, the Black Keys immediately come to mind. The Arcs keep with the psychedelic, riff-heavy blues-rock Auerbach has made his bread and butter, and they'll no doubt attract the loyal legions of Black Keys fans. However, the real highlight of tonight's show is the opening act—the exhilarating, all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache. This multicultural seven-piece group plays traditional mariachi and ranchera, with Latin jazz and R&B influences, sung in both Spanish and English. Props to Auerbach for introducing Flor de Toloache to a wider audience. Here's hoping the Black Keys fan bros keep an open mind and give an enthusiastic welcome to these immensely talented women. SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY
TYRANTS, FOSTER BODY, MR. WRONG
(Anarres Infoshop, 7101 N Lombard) See All-Ages Action.
ARLO GUTHRIE, SARAH LEE GUTHRIE
(Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark) See All-Ages Action.
(Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd) Liz Vice captured ears and hearts a couple of years ago with the release of her gospel album There's a Light, written after she first started singing. Vice has a special way of connecting with people; she leaves audiences feeling inspired and uplifted, lulled by her warm alto and easygoing demeanor. Last year she played one of the more memorable sets at Pickathon, kicking off nighttime festivities at the Treeline Stage as the sun set. She's continued touring nationally and internationally, but is finally returning to Oregon stages to play a series of shows with McMenamins' "Great Northwest Music Tour," which kicks off at the Kennedy School this week. JENI WREN STOTTRUP
HOLY GROVE, DEMON EYE, DISENCHANTER
(High Water Mark, 6800 NE MLK) Holy Grove takes all the evil things from classic metal, doom, and blues and transforms them into a hulking beast—and that's just the rhythm section. Vocalist Andrea Vidal sings with power and precision, and guitarist Trent Jacobs unleashes riffs that are sludgy yet dexterous. Holy Grove doesn't just hang out in the tempo of doom—they mix up speeds and play with dynamics à la Candlemass. Tonight the band celebrates the release their self-titled debut, a taut seven tracks that Holy Grove has been bashing out live for the past couple of years. The new record strikes the perfect balance of heavy and approachable, but contains enough dark mysticism to entice the truly evil ones. Sounds like the making of a classic. MARK LORE
NEGATIVE SCANNER, ARCTIC FLOWERS, DARK/LIGHT, DR. IDENTITY
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Bands excel in many different ways. If you're a punk band, you could do worse than always sounding like a train speeding wildly down the tracks, with the potential for derailment around every sharp turn. On last year's self-titled debut, released by the great Trouble in Mind record label, Negative Scanner has that quality locked down. The Chicago band leans toward the post-punk side of punk, pitting Rebecca Valeriano-Flores' snarled bark against savage bass lines and sharply barbed guitars in a package that's taut and concise, but with a proud ragged edge. Tonight, Negative Scanner's DIY tour brings them to the Know, where they'll share a shadowy bill with like-minded local punk bands Arctic Flowers, Dark/Light, and Dr. Identity. BEN SALMON
LUBEC, STRANGE WOOL, TWO MOONS
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Shoegaze has become an "it" genre again, thanks to reformed punks like Whirr, Nothing, and Title Fight, who have found a way to infuse the most tenuous aspects of Loveless with Tumblr-core pop/punk. Lubec—easily one of the most underrated guitar bands in Portland—is the real deal. Their latest cassette, Concentration, digs deeper into the Creation catalog, evoking bands like Swervedriver and the Telescopes, as well as mid-'90s Swedish pop bands who fall slightly outside of the conventional shoegaze genus, like the Cardigans and Popsicle. Contemporary bands obsessed with the aesthetic of early British indie-rock often don't realize how tuneful and pop-focused a lot of those bands were. Lubec considers style and song craft equally; they have the looks and bring the hooks. MORGAN TROPER
AU, CAMAS HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR, LUZ ELENA MENDOZA, EDNA VAZQUEZ
(Yale Union, 800 SE 10th) For the past year, Luke Wyland of AU has worked closely with the students in the Camas High School Choir. He's taught them the ins and outs of putting on a show, from booking and promoting the event to running sound, and has also been rehearsing a new piece of music with the choir. All of their combined efforts will come to fruition this Friday at Yale Union when the new composition will be presented to the public, complete with the promise of "earth-shattering harmonies," according to Maddie Bertalot and Andrew Henson's press release. It wouldn't take much to get our attention for this show, as it also marks Wyland and his AU bandmate Dana Valatka's return to a Portland stage. They make the kind of impassioned, powerful art-pop that floods the senses and empowers the soul. ROBERT HAM Also see My, What a Busy Week!
ORQUESTRA PACIFICO TROPICAL, NO LA LA, MICHAEL BRUCE, DANIELA KARINA
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The return of Papi Fimbres has been one of the more exciting things to happen musically in Portland all year, since it means a handful of the city's best bands are back in action. Orquestra Pacifico Tropical is one of those. The 11-piece cumbia practitioners made a triumphant return last month during the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, and they'll make an equally triumphant return to Portland with this stacked Holocene lineup. The band's percussive thrust is accented by soulful injections of keys, psych guitars, horns, and lots of yelping, making their live show an aural excavation of some of your most basic primal urges. Dancing shoes are practically required—listen to their fantastic 2014 LP, Rio Frio, for proof. RYAN J. PRADO
(Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside) See Thursday's preview.
LEECHES OF LORE, A VOLCANO, EMS
(High Water Mark, 6800 NE MLK) Things are just a little weirder down in New Mexico—usually in a good way. Albuquerque heavy-rock four-piece Leeches of Lore exemplify this weirdness, bending and forcing genres to fit their own twisted vision. The result is twangy, riff-heavy mutant space-rock that defies gravity and categorization, usually with lyrics that defy explanation. Leeches of Lore has dropped a steady trail of albums, EPs, and live recordings (including some choice covers), all of which led to last year's excellent full-length, Motel of Infinity. That record alone illustrates just how all over the map these Albuquerqueans are. Tonight's show will be the icing on the cake. ML
JOHANNA WARREN, YOUNG HUNTER, ELEANOR MURRAY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The Olympia music scene is practically built on the plastic casings of cassette tapes. The mediocre but inexpensive and surprisingly convenient medium has been making a comeback—depending on who you ask, this is either a fashionable resurgence following in the footsteps of now-trendy vinyl or a purposeless revival of a dead format that should stay have stayed dead. In Olympia, however, it's as if tapes never died. Eleanor Murray is a veteran in the Pacific Northwest; she has consistently played shows since releasing 2008's experimental-folk debut, For Cedar, and worked on a slew of side projects. Most recently Murray released a dual tape effort called Jazz Demos and Lost Songs on Portland tape label and zine distributor Antiquated Future. The second track on Lost Songs, "Me & My House," feels like stumbling on an old photo album, a subtle reminder that you'd almost forgotten some of the best days of your life. CAMERON CROWELL
DIVERS, STEEL CHAINS, MACHO BOYS, WAVE ACTION
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Divers' new 7-inch, "Achin' On" b/w "Can't Do That," is a pretty potent sample of what the band's been up to since dropping their fantastic debut, Hello Hello, last year. In homage to the legendary Dead Moon, the band covers "Can't Do That" in a somber, hollow tone, Harrison Rapp's quivering voice tethered to a sparse progression. "Achin' On" emerges as a peppy Eddie and the Cruisers send-up, replete with bouncy bass, blues-flecked guitars played at warp speed, and steady percussion. It's the type of song that separates Divers from every other band in the city in their innate ability to channel the treasured tenets of American rock 'n' roll with no trace of irony. The band heads off on their Japan tour right after this show, so send them off in style and buy the new 7-inch while you're at it. RJP
FLATBUSH ZOMBIES, A$AP TWELVYY, REMY BANKS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) After forming in 2010, Flatbush Zombies came up as part of the "Beast Coast" rap movement made of up fellow Brooklyn crews Pro Era, the Underachievers, and Phony Ppl—artists connected by their flamboyant experimentalism and shared appreciation of golden era hip-hop. After two successful mixtapes, this year Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick "The Architect" Elliott released their critically acclaimed full-length, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. On this album Flatbush Zombies are unapologetically psychedelic, but serious in their flirtations with macabre imagery and visionary introspection, all over sparse beats reminiscent of the '90s Memphis sound. A$AP Mob's Twelvyy and the World's Fair crew's Remy Banks round out a bill of some of today's weirdest and most provocative rappers. DANIELA SERNA