POPPET, PREGNANT, PWRHAUS, GOOD NIGHT BILLYGOAT
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Read our article on Poppet.


THE MINDERS, EYELIDS, SPOOKIES
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) For such a legendary band, the Minders keep a relatively low profile. However, the Portland-based indie luminaries recently soft-released a brand-new, two-song 7-inch on local label Space Cassette, in conjunction with Elephant 6 and Minders frontman Martyn Leaper's own imprint, Dirigeable Records. The single features one of the best tunes the group has ever cut (and that's saying something): "It's Going to Break Out" is a Victorian-pop mini-masterpiece replete with symphonic flourishes and an indelible chorus ripped straight out of McCartney's book o' hooks. The B-side, "I Know Where D.B. Cooper Lives," is a delectably bizarre, fully instrumental surf pastiche that proves the Minders haven't abandoned their quintessentially E6-brand of rock-dork weirdness. Thank god for that. Pop songs this charming are few and far between. MORGAN TROPER


SASSPARILLA, CASEY NEILL AND THE NORWAY RATS, McDOUGALL
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The first reaction to hearing the news that longtime Portland jug-band Sassparilla is releasing not one but two albums tonight is that it's simply too much of anything, good or bad. But a listen to the pair of platters—Pasajero and Hullabaloo—reveals two very different approaches. Pasajero is a studio-driven, atmospheric record with rock flourishes and careful craft; Hullabaloo is rawer, rootsier, and rustier, bearing the traits of the band's boisterous live show. Music-critic logic would hold, then, that Hullabaloo is the better of the two—the Lucky Town to Pasajero's Human Touch—but it turns out that each record has its own worthwhile strengths. In fact, the only crime Sassparilla commits is displaying an abundance of stylistic interest. It's a fair amount to swallow, but taken together, the two albums run just over an hour, so it's not as if Sassparilla has ventured into Use Your Illusion territory or anything. NED LANNAMANN


PULLA MUSCLE: NATHAN DETROIT,FREAKY OUTTY, COOKY PARKER
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) You like your dance nights sweaty, bangin', and most of all DIRTY. So you owe it to yourself to check out Pulla Muscle—a butt-swangin' dance party featuring hot 'n' nasty rap tracks that cover New Orleans bounce and Miami bass, as well as twerks from LA's DJ Mustard. And it's all being spun by the sure hands of DJs Nathan Detroit, Freaky Outty, and Cooky Parker. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER, TOPE, SPAC3MAN, DRE C, WES GUY
(Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of Portland hiphop has already heard of Tope. The local emcee/producer has lately been touring the Northwest promoting his Trouble Man EP, which was recently released on a limited-edition vinyl run. Tonight, on the heels of a brand-new release—the Chicken Wings and Ice Cream Cones EP—Tope puts his networking connections to good use, bringing Seattle's Spac3man and Brothers from Another to rock with him in an intimate venue. Brothers from Another are the young trio of DJ Nick Beeba and emcees Tiglo and Cole. All three graduated from different colleges this spring, a good sign for fans who have been anticipating a more frequent live-show schedule. Their breezy songs about tacos, biking around town, and kicking it with friends are the perfect soundtrack for your next summer barbecue/house party. RYAN FEIGH


FRIGHTWIG, IT'S OK!, LKN, COCKEYE
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) When Frightwig first entered my consciousness in the mid-'80s, they struck me as a female Butthole Surfers—which is a fine thing to be struck by. The San Francisco band's 1984 debut album, Cat Farm Faboo, flared into rude action with a feral, blown-out blues-rock that flashed plenty of middle fingers to decorum and male chauvinism. Faster, Frightwig, Kill! Kill! built upon the band's bravura rock insubordination, and the Russ Meyer allusion reinforced their badass attitude. Frightwig reformed in 2012 after an 18-year hiatus, and the current lineup features Deanna Mitchell, Mia d'Bruzzi, Cecilia Kuhn, Rebecca Sevrin, and... former Captain Beefheart's Magic Band/Residents/Pere Ubu member Eric Drew Feldman. Very interesting. Go and let Frightwig get your panties into a righteous twist. DAVE SEGAL