RECORD STORE DAY
at Everyday Music (Downtown)
The downtown Burnside branch of Everyday Music celebrates the 10th annual Record Store Day with in-store DJ sets and live music from Bed., Plastic Cactus, Wild Ones, Weezy Ford, Shy Girls, Vanity Project, Laura Palmer's Death Parade, and Blake Hicks.
at Music Millennium
Music Millennium celebrates the 10th annual Record Store Day with early hours, autograph sessions with the Ohio Players at 3pm and Susana Millman at 5pm, and live performances by Joel Rafael & John Trudell's Bad Dog at 7pm and Portugal. The Man at 9pm. Free coffee and muffins will be served from 7am-8am, and gift bags will be distributed to customers while they last.
Apr 22, 8 am, free, all ages
In Punk We Crust: A Benefit for TransActive Gender Center
Some of the Northwest's best punk outfits come together for the benefit of TransActive Gender Center, with Cliterati, Generation Decline, Speedwitch, and Juicy Karkass all hitting the stage for a great cause.
Apr 22, 9:30 pm, Ash Street Saloon, $10
The Cool Whips, The Sellwoods, The Strange Effects
By now, power-pop has become something of a folk tradition. While musicians operating in other genres balk at imitation, power-pop artists shamelessly emulate their heroes, from the mop tops and Bomp! pins down to the Rickenbackers and Chelsea boots. It could be said that Eric Ramon of Portland stalwarts the Cool Whips is really just emulating himself—he played guitar in the obscure ’70s power-pop band Continental Miniatures, who scored a minor hit with a cover of Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile.” Because the style of music is inherently formulaic, the line between “good” and “bad” power-pop is often imperceptible. It all comes down to hooks and guts. The Cool Whips have both in spades. MORGAN TROPER
Apr 22, 9 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $7
The Walters, Summer Salt, New Move
Cozy up with Chicago-hailing quintet The Walters when they hit the Bunk Bar stage with a blend of soft rock and indie pop that they've dubbed "cardigan rock."
Apr 22, 9 pm, Bunk Bar, $7
Mr. Wrong, Sad Horse, Bobby Peru, Cool Flowers
I dare you to listen to Mr. Wrong without having visions of Olympia, Kathleen Hanna circa 1992, and Bratmobile cassettes dance around in your head. Mr. Wrong’s throwback to riot grrrl punk might seem derivative to listeners who aren’t filled with perpetual anger and fear—which, if that’s a foreign concept to you in 2017, what the fuck—but with America’s current regime, the ever-glaring lack of intersectionality in liberalism, and you know, the state of the whole world right now, all I want to hear is music for femmes to scream to. Though Mr. Wrong’s songs could benefit from more instrumentation and maybe slightly crunchier production, listeners really get the impression that what they’re hearing is an impassioned, direct line between the band’s frustration and our headphones. I’m all for it. EMMA BURKE
Apr 21, 8 pm, Clinton Street Theater, $6, all ages
Andrew Endres Collective, Stephanie Kitson
Though guitarist Andrew Endres' name toplines this new jazz ensemble, the project really embraces the "collective" part of their moniker. On Desolation, the group's debut album of meditative, European-inspired instrumentals, no single player strives to outshine the rest. That manages to be the case even when the musicians peel off on their own, as the album boasts some of the most understated solos on record. Even a blowsy instrument like a baritone sax (wielded with authority by Lindsey Quint) somehow knows its place. Everyone is working toward the good of the unit, synthesizing into something cooling and exalting.
Apr 23, 8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn! $5-10
Voz Hispana Cambio Communitario Benefit
An all-star sampler of Portland punk and indie rock comes together Saturday night to play Smart Collective, which might be Portland’s best youth-oriented DIY space. Multi-instrumentalist Gillian Frances headlines with dreamy folk music layering sparse guitar and piano melodies for an effect that will probably make you involuntarily cry. The bleeding-heart pop-punk of Quone has all five members contributing vocals (sometimes during the same song) like an intersectional, leftist Los Campesinos! Two Moons, the intricate three-piece who released one of my favorite EPs of the year, Strings, is the breathy guitar-pop songwriting project of Aaron Liu. Arbor Daze follows the sinister and haunting lineage of outlaw country, while Being Awone plays pretty odes to mundane childhood memories and adult anxieties. All of the donations collected at the door will go to Voz Hispana Cambio Communitario, a fantastic Woodburn-based nonprofit focused on developing community organizations in marginalized communities that offers aid to all immigrants, regardless of status. CAMERON CROWELL
Apr 22, 6 pm, Smart Collective, $5-10, all ages
The Way Up
You can find DJ Solo (originally from Accra, Ghana) burning up dance floors at first Thursdays at Fifth Avenue Lounge and first Saturdays at Local Lounge with his signature blend of current and throwback dancehall, hip-hop, Afrobeat, and Top 40 remixes. His nights bring in a diverse crowd looking to get sweaty and stretch out their hips dancing to globally minded pop music with a tropical feel. For The Way Up Afro/Caribbean Dance Party he’s teaming up with veteran DJ Freaky Outty, who’s behind events like SNAP!, Body Party, and 50: A Possible History of Dance Music. With their combined reservoirs of heaters, the duo will bring a worldly perspective to Holocene’s lineup with a spirited mix of dancehall, soca, Afrobeat, reggae, reggaeton, and all manner of international club music. It’ll be a polyrhythmic and Caribbean-tinged departure, so come prepared to give up those gray days for a moment and add some sunshine to your night. DANIELA SERNA
Apr 21, 9 pm, Holocene, $5-10
Cosmos, Mic Capes, IIISO
Do503 presents an all-ages show at the Paris featuring performances by the dynamic Seattle-hailing hip-hop outfit Cosmos and stand-out Portland emcee Mic Capes.
Apr 22, 7 pm, Paris Theater, $5-7, all ages
For nearly four years, Coco Madrid’s ambient experimental monthly series Sanctuary Sunday has taken over different venues around Portland. These shows feature musicians from varying electronic subgenres, from glitch to IDM to drone to experimental soundscape. This month celebrates the event’s first tape compilation released by Portland’s Ewe of Now Recordings, and three featured artists will perform. Ant’lrd (AKA Colin Blanton) makes music for riding swirls through interplanetary drone-scapes—like something out of a science fiction novel, it will immerse you in otherworldly illusions. The shimmering electric sound of Kyle Landstra glistens in a faraway dimension of splendor. The epic and multi-faceted work of Pulse Emitter (AKA Daryl Groetsch) is a haze of bliss covered in metallic dreams of lost worlds. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
Apr 23, 7 pm, Leaven Community Center, free