SIX-WAY—A new 12-inch compilation from budding Portland label High Scores and Records has just made its way into the world, and five out of the six of the bands featured on PDXTC—Atole, Wampire, Guidance Counselor, May Ling, and Breakfast Mountain—play tonight's release show, for an all-ages dance party that won't let up for one second. NL
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $5, all ages

WADE GARRETT—After selling out a whole run of shows back in March, Road House: The Play returns to the Someday Lounge! With a hee-larious cast (including my dashing and talented boss, Wm. Steven Humphrey), the fun, punchy Road House tells the sweet, bloody story of a bar bouncer who kicks ass, falls in love, and changes the world. EH
Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, May 27-29 & June 4-5, 7:30 pm, $15


TIGHT KNIT—The sun-dappled folk-pop of Vetiver just made an appearance on the new Graham Nash tribute album Be Yourself, and Andy Cabic & Co. make a welcome return to town as they amble their way along the West Coast. NL
w/Citay, Michael Hurley; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $13-15

ROSE FEST—Portland a little "too weird" for your taste? Get a hefty dose of straight-up Americana with the annual Rose Festival, which kicks off tonight. Visit and thrill to a startling array of carnival rides and elephant ears, as well as the opening night ceremonies featuring (BOOM!) fireworks. WSH
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito & Stark, carnival 5 pm-close, fireworks 9:45 pm, FREE


'QUATCH—Gas up that ride and head to the Gorge for the only music festival worth a five-hour trek into Eastern Washington—Sasquatch! The lineup is the strongest it has ever been, with sets from Pavement, the National, Dirty Projectors, Patton Oswalt, and tons more. EAC
Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd NW, George, WA, Sat May 29-Mon May 31, sold out, all ages

LOUDMOUTH—Punk rock superhero Henry Rollins has found time (in between solving world hunger and getting everyone to play nice with the gays) to come do his smart-person talky thing. Hopefully he'll share some workout tips. JV
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $25, all ages

GONDRY!—One of the most original filmmakers working today, Michel Gondry appears at the Hollywood Theatre to show off his latest flick, The Thorn in the Heart. Thorn is Gondry's semi-autobiographical portrait of his family—factor in a Q&A with Gondry, and you've got this week's must-see film event. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm ($15, Q&A w/Gondry), 9:45 pm ($8, no Q&A)


TROUBADOR—Death, birth, hatred, and abuse never seem quite so beautiful as when John Darnielle sings about them in his strained but versatile voice. He spins multiple interwoven stories across the Mountain Goats' body of work, which runs the gamut from lo-fi to orchestral with frequently breathtaking results. SK
w/Sarah Dougher; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $20

¡TEQUILA!—Okay, Paul Reubens hasn't always been a model citizen. But you gotta agree that Pee-wee's Big Adventure (directed by Tim Burton!) is one of the greatest films ever made about one guy searching for his stolen bicycle across America. Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque hosts two special screenings this weekend, complete with a costume/dance contest! ND
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, Sat May 29, doors 10 pm (21+), Sun May 30, doors 1 pm (all ages), $5 


DAY OFF—Woe to poor service-industry schleps. They shall spend this Memorial Day scooping ice cream and ketchuping hot dogs for lucky stiffs with real jobs, whose three-day weekends and comprehensive health care will certainly come in handy while battling skin cancer and cirrhosis, after spending the day floating down the Washougal River in a Hamm's-induced haze. JV
Washougal River Mercantile‎, 4232 Canyon Creek, Washougal, WA, all fucking day

ALL THAT GLITTERS—Hot off an appearance at the Sasquatch! Festival, LA band Fool's Gold swing through Portland to deliver some of their worldbeat-influenced indie rock. It's jam-packed with twinkling guitars, grooving percussion, and sunny lyricism for a perfect way to wind down the holiday weekend. NL
w/Shadow Shadow Shade, And And And; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-12


ABUZZ—Last month the Wedding Present blew through town playing their best album, and now it's the Madchester maestros, Buzzcocks, performing their 1978 albums Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites. Time rages on, but you can relive your youthful transgressions, secure in the knowledge that whippersnappers of today are still jacking the 'Cocks historic punk-pop sounds. CF
w/the Dollyrots; Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 8 pm, $16.50-20

COMPROMISING POSITIONS—Hosted by Bitch magazine, this sure-to-be-lively forum considers racism and sexism in advertising in this mad, mad world. Maybe you haven't thought about this stuff since that women's studies class from your freshman year of college, but that doesn't mean the media's wrongs have righted themselves since then. AH
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom at PSU, 1825 SW Broadway, 6:30 pm


SAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE—More emcee than poet, Sage Francis has melded the two worlds together masterfully throughout his career as the premier backpacker rapper. His latest, Li(f)e, is blur of rapid-fire lines, tempered beats, and glimpses into the mind of the most creative force in hiphop. And just wait until you see the man with a live band tonight. EAC
w/Free Moral Agents, B Dolan; Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 8:30 pm, $18-20, all ages

A RARE SOUL—Soul night isn't just for Rotture anymore, kids. Rare 45 collector DJ Cooky (who two-times as part of Loch Lomond and Y La Bamba) is starting up In the Cooky Jar, a brand-new northern soul night far down south at the Woods. Expect Motown; expect Stax; expect tight pants, short skirts, and a good time. SM
The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, 10 pm, $3