THE ROSEBUDS
Mississippi Studios, 7/8

THURSDAY 7/7

SUNDOWN AT ECOTRUST: TYPHOON, WILD ONES
(Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th) See My, What a Busy Week!

SOUND & VISION: JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER, SIR RICHARD BISHOP, TARA JANE O'NEIL
(Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy) Read our article on Jackie O Motherfucker.

FRIDAY 7/8

PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT: EXTREME DANCE PARTY EDITION
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!

PICA'S 16TH BIRTHDAY: THE MIRACLES CLUB, REPORTER, DJ NEW MOON PONCHO
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) See My, What a Busy Week!

NEKO CASE, THE CAVE SINGERS
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) The last we heard from the finest voice in alt-country (and beyond), Neko Case was auctioning off the wheels made famous by Middle Cyclone. Case was a sword-wielding hood ornament on the '67 Mercury Cougar which adorned the cover her latest recording, and the auctioned auto raised cash for Dave Eggers' 826 National charity. Following that, Case covered the Zombies for a show about vampires (not the other way around), teaming with Nick Cave for a truly odd version of "She's Not There" for the True Blood soundtrack. Now seemingly on tour just for the hell of it, Case and company will take to the open-field splendor of Edgefield, a venue conducive to her sprawling sound. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

BOB DESPER, THE PARSON RED HEADS, OLD LIGHT, AERIAL RUN
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Last year, Bob Desper performed a once-in-a-lifetime show at the Woods to celebrate the vinyl re-release of his 1974 album New Sounds, originally pressed in a tiny run here in Portland. That forgotten record slowly accumulated large amounts of esteem over the years from collectors and avid fans of Desper's unique "loner folk" style. At the show last year, the singer/songwriter—blind since age 10—was unable to recreate the stunning, florid acoustic guitar work displayed on that album, due to a recent hand injury that seemed to put a permanent end to Desper's guitar-playing days. Against those odds, Desper (backed by guitarists Al James and Jon Neufeld of Dolorean) delivered a set of music that was among the most moving, heartwarming shows in recent memory, putting to rest the bummed-out folk of New Sounds in favor of new material that celebrated faith and life. Now Desper is playing guitar again, and New Sounds is being issued on CD for the very first time, making this show a can't-miss celebration of second chances. This is bound to be the most uplifting concert you'll see for a long while. NED LANNAMANN

SUPERFEST 333: DEELAY CEELAY, PURPLE AND GREEN, COPY, AROHAN, DJ E*ROCK, WILD ONES, PRESCRIPTION PILLS, SUPERNATURE DJS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) In its third year (or 333rd year, by their suspicious math) Superfest continues the tradition of throwing the finest live band, all-age, electronic dance party this city has ever seen. True to its name, Superfest hijacks your weekend with two nights of varied acts, including tonight's headliners, the endorphin-oozing happiness that we call Deelay Ceelay (who have recently been dormant while they work on new material), alongside the ridiculous party jams of Purple and Green. Saturday will feature one of the final Guidance Counselor shows (as frontman Ian Anderson segues into his new band/moniker, Feelings) and a set of slinking dance-floor burners from the boys in Strength. Also, there will be a "summer-themed" photo booth, so it won't kill you to tuck in your shirt and look respectable for once. EAC

THE ROSEBUDS, OTHER LIVES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Forget the kids, stay together for the band. Once a bouncy pop duo—now more a brooding pop duo—the Rosebuds are made up of real life couple Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp. Actually, make that ex-couple. The pair divorced after the release of Life Like in 2008, making the recording of LP number five, Loud Planes Fly Low, a difficult process (you think?). More complete than its predecessor, Loud Planes doesn't feel like a divorce album. Instead it graciously focuses on new beginnings, a lyrical clean slate for the band to build from. That's not to say their split numbed the pair; there are plenty of emotional jabs here, including Crisp's soft confession ("I need something happy now, even if it fucks me up") in the fascinating "Come Visit Me." Ignore the irreconcilable differences—this is the sound of the Rosebuds at their best. EAC

BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, TENNIS PRO, BLAST MAJESTY, YOUR RIVAL
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) On its new EP, Portland power-pop quartet Your Rival has found an immensely lovable sound, an ecstatic marriage between the shambling crunch of Pavement and the vocal-happy, pure-pleasure-center of solo McCartney. The result is that Seven Sparkling Children is one of the most immediately likable local releases in recent memory, packed with eager-to-please melodies up front and a charming acoustic wooziness on the EP's closing three tracks. Frontman Mo Troper (a former Mercury intern) has recorded previous Your Rival material largely on his own, but here he's rounded out with guitarist Jarret Domen, bassist Parker Johnson, and drummer Nate Sonenfeld. Headlining the show are vintage-pop preservationists Blue Skies for Black Hearts, whose newest album Embracing the Modern Age contains a bevy of great tracks that are more than worthy of your next mixtape. NL

BUBBLIN': HXDB, ILL COSBY, LINCOLNUP
(Crown Room, 205 NW 4th) HxdB (Hexadecibel) is a rising star among a small but standout crop of future beat musicians based in Vancouver, BC. Recent releases on Pinch's Tectonic imprint and Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label showcase HxdB's knack for incorporating a dizzying variety of genre influences into his sound. A recent collaboration with Atlanta bass producer Distal entitled "Typewriter Tune" opens like a minimal techno track, but soon quickly breaks down into a quirky interlude of typewriter sounds, which then slam into a seriously heavy bassline outlined with melodic dub elements. This is before the song glitches out into laser bass studded with chopped up vocal samples and finally closes with a more upbeat variation of its original bubbly opening. HxdB's most recent project, a compilation of up-and-coming artists on his own Gradient Audio label, demonstrates this same interest in fully exploring the range of styles and possibilities in the future beat movement. AVA HEGEDUS

OTIS HEAT
(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Otis Heat are a rock and roll band. Simple as that, bare of gimmicks or neatly categorized subgenres. The Portland trio is releasing their dozen-song debut Yoon tonight at the space once known as Berbati's Pan. "Everybody Loves Me the Same Way" is Otis Heat at their best, a scorching guitar-rock number that has frontman Sean O'Neill reaching a level of bluesy howl not experienced since Jack White fell in love with a girl. Supposedly the band takes their moniker from a drifter that saved them following an automobile accident, thus joining Possum Dixon in the pantheon of bands named for mysterious criminals and roustabouts. EAC

SATURDAY 7/9

PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT: EXTREME DANCE PARTY EDITION
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!

MISSISSIPPI STREET FAIR: AGESANDAGES, CELILO, PRIORY, THE ANGRY ORTS, THE BEAUTIFUL TRAINWRECKS, ARCHERS & MORE
(N Mississippi between Skidmore & Fremont) See My, What a Busy Week!

THE MONKEES
(Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel, Ridgefield, WA) Read our article on the Monkees.

SUPERFEST 333: STRENGTH, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR, ATOLE, SERIOUS BUSINESS, ANCIENT HEAT, SWAHILI, EXTRALONE, SICK JAGGERS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) See Friday's preview.

HERE COME DOTS, DONOVAN BREAKWATER, SUCKER FOR LIGHTS
(The Knife Shop at Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) The members of local band Here Come Dots each made their way to Portland from southern Oregon, and they brought with them a dense, sweaty take on Northwestern indie rock, where guitar lines sprawl like tangled vines, and drums crash with all the subtlety of rocks tumbling off a hillside. The quartet's new EP, Dusk, sees its release tonight—the $5 will get you a download card for the six-song record—and it's an appealing collection of moody, widescreen rock and roll, where pop melodies peek their heads out from underneath full-throttle arrangements and agitated hooks. NL

PORTLAND FRUIT TREE PROJECT BENEFIT: PINK WIDOWER, DEATH SONGS, PLANTS, GRANDPARENTS
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) No, not dear old Pop and Nana—these Grandparents are a fluid troupe of local musicians who have a penchant for making groovy sounds. On 2010's Don't Move Time, the band delivered a fine set of tunes, including "Flathead" and "Waking Up the Sun," that employ classic Byrds-esque Americana, Middle Eastern twang, and paisley tints of rock and roll—all with an overall effect of a chiller version of Thee Oh Sees. Vocals swirl in an echo chamber, guitars chug and clang, and persistent percussion mimics the sounds you'd hear during a walk through the forest. As such, their music is the perfect accompaniment for a benefit for the Portland Fruit Tree Project, a nonprofit that has been working since 2007 to educate city residents in identifying and utilizing the variety of fruit that grows on city property which otherwise may go to waste. MARANDA BISH

SUNDAY 7/10

PICKIN' ON SUNDAYS: CAMPFIRE OK, PICKWICK
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!

LIMP WRIST, LEBENDEN TOTEN, THE BELLICOSE MINDS, TRAUMA
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Read our article on Limp Wrist.

ALTO, YAHOWHA 13, KEVIN SHIELDS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) When they weren't busy being a mystic cult or running their Sunset Strip vegetarian restaurant, the Source Family performed music, leaving behind a string of truly strange, incantatory psychedelic recordings throughout the '70s under the name Yahowha 13. Despite the cult's leader, Father Yod, having died in a hang-gliding accident in 1975 (note: best celebrity death ever), members of the group—whose ranks once included the late Sky Saxon of the Seeds—got together for a reunion of sorts a couple years ago, and it seems that they're continuing to preserve their legacy with a rare show at the Know. This is a show for the most obsessive of record collectors, as well as slightly damaged astral travelers and curious fans of freaky, far-out psych. Kevin Shields, the project of Portland noise artist Eva Aguila (also of Caldera Lakes)—and not the solo endeavor of you-know-who—is also on the bill. NL

THE ELECTED, WHISPERTOWN
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Best known as the right hand man of Jenny Lewis (a role also shared by Johnathan Rice, and once, long ago, Fred Savage), Blake Sennett dusts off the Elected for the release of Bury Me in My Rings. Stepping away from his work in Rilo Kiley, the Elected represent the sun-drenched California pop section of Sennett's songwriting book. Bury Me isn't as essential as some of his other work—other bands do the breezy '70s AM pop thing better—but it's an otherwise pleasant and enjoyable recording of glistening pop gems. Joining them will be the underappreciated Whispertown (formerly Whispertown 2000), lead by Morgan Nagler and her special guest collaborator, Neva Dinova singer Jake Bellows. EAC

PLAYGROUND FREE PARK PARTY: B0T23, MICHELLE, JACARANDA, PHIDELITY, MICHAEL MANAHAN, BLUE SPECTRAL MONKEY, BRIANNA
(Cathedral Park, N. Edison & Pittsburg) Now that it's mid-July and we finally have some reliable summer weather on our hands, it's time for the Playground annual outdoor party. This all-day, family-friendly event takes place in the breathtaking Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge. Expect hippie kids, hula hoops, and all-around sunshine-y vibes. Music provided by Playground regulars like Phidelity, Jacaranda, and bOt23 will include radiant styles of downtempo, dub, electro, disco, and deep house that are perfectly conducive to blissful daytime dancing. The beats will come forth from a massive sound system, allowing for barefoot frolicking around the expansive surroundings without losing track of the groove. AVA

ARCHERS, HOSANNAS, BLOOD BEACH
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) For the past two months, there has been a gaping Archers-sized hole in our city's sonic atmosphere, because one of Portland's most-loved rock groups has been on hiatus. Tonight, things get set straight: It's their official return show, and they bring with them a new release from Eggy Records. The six-song cassette contains both the contents of their previously released 7-inch and two new tracks: "Evil City Music," a caterwauling ode to the Rose City, and "Everything All At Once," a breathless grasp at comprehending these times. Both songs explode with that Archers sound, which captivates those who live at a restless pace, no strangers to gut-ripping tension and hectic experience. With several prominent upcoming shows in their datebook, one senses that this is but a beginning for the band. Glad to have you back, gentlemen. MB

MONDAY 7/11

Happy birthday wishes go out to Suzanne Vega, who lives downstairs from that abused kid, Luka.

TUESDAY 7/12

GILLIAN WELCH
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) See My, What a Busy Week! and read our article on Gillian Welch.

THE MINDERS, NIGHTMOVES, KAREN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) At long last, it really does seem as if the Minders are back. Once an arm of the famed Elephant 6 Collective, the relocated Minders became a Portland band some years ago, but their vintage candy-colored psych has been conspicuously absent following the 2006 album It's a Bright Guilty World and its ensuing tour. Frontman Martyn Leaper has never entirely abandoned the group; a few-odd low-profile shows at various Portland bars indicated that the Minders had some life left in them, and here's the proof. "Needle Doll," a slice of charmingly frayed garage pop that appears on this year's PDX Pop Now compilation, is the first new Minders track in years, and they're not only playing the PDX Pop festival at the end of this month, tonight they headline their first Portland club date in years. NL

WEDNESDAY 7/13

GREAT WILDERNESS, YOUTH, YOUR CANVAS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) See My, What a Busy Week!