MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS: CASTAWAY KIDS, DAD ROCK, GRANDPARENTS, BOYS WITHOUT TOYS
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Sure, you could check out tonight's benefit show, Music in the Schools, in order to help fund Portland music education. It'd be better, though, if you went for the pleasing intensity of watching three high school acts square off, Wyld Stallyns-style, in a battle of the bands competition. Then watch Grandparents show the youngsters how it's done. DIRK VANDERHART
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Prince ain't been the same since the '90s. But now fans can scratch that classic purple itch thanks to Maya Rudolph (yes, that Maya Rudolph) and Gretchen Lieberum, whose band Princess explodes all conceptions of what a tribute band can be, with a stage show that feels like eighth-grade Pee Chee doodles come to life. BOBBY ROBERTS Also, read our article on Maya Rudolph.
BENEFIT FOR CADE: SISTAFIST, IBQT, BOMB ASS PUSSY, DJ OG MEG
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Four years ago—having gloriously risen from the ashes of electro-clash group Lactacious—SistaFist entered the Portland music scene. In those years, the female-fronted hiphop crew opened for everyone from Japanther to Lords of Acid, inspired those wise enough to see their brilliance, and offended everyone else. With impressively dirty minds and a completely unhinged stage presence, SistaFist is an unparalleled force that pushes boundaries while starting dance parties. And this is your last chance to participate in the madness they induce, because after tonight they're officially calling it quits. Joining forces one last time to raise money for a friend in medical need—and bringing local boy-band sensations IBQT along for the ride—this is a not-to-be-missed wild party for a good cause. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
DIE ANTWOORD, BOMBS INTO YOU
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) I'll never forget the initial batch of videos that South African rappers Die Antwoord unleashed back in 2009. That was the year the trio—emcees Ninja and Yolandi Visser and producer DJ Hi-Tek— took the internet by storm with a full-force viral media assault. The video for their first single, "Enter the Ninja," along with the Zef Side mini-documentary and footage of the band performing in the back of a taxi, combined with the group's mysterious origins, piqued the interest of millions of viewers worldwide. The crew has since collaborated onstage with Aphex Twin and worked alongside filmmaker Harmony Korine on the short film Umshini Wam. With the video for the lead single off of the group's upcoming third album, Donker Mag, set to drop just in time for this tour, Die Antwoord's vitals continue to flourish, even after most of their outlandish mystery has faded. CHIPP TERWILLIGER