It's So Bazaar: The XRAY.fm Summer Party
The city’s best all-around radio station is going big with this one. XRAY.FM has booked out the White Owl Social Club for the entire afternoon and night, in a free bash that will pair a street fair (Clothing! Jewelry! Drink samples!) with a music venue. The station’s fine slate of weekend DJs will be doing live broadcasts of their shows, while the likes of Cool Nutz, Møtrik and Surfer Rosie pop by to perform. This is fantastic news. DIRK VANDERHART
Aug 12, 2 pm, White Owl Social Club, free
Illmaculate, Goldini Bagwell, Smoke M2D6, Little Warrior
Local hip-hop artists Illmaculate and Goldini Bagwell (of Sandpeople) celebrate the release of their latest full-length, Ethereal. Album producer Smoke M2D6 and featured vocalist Little Warrior lend their support to the proceedings. Hosted by The Last Artful, Dodgr and DJ Spark.
Aug 12, 8 pm, The Know, $10
Inter Arma, Atriarch, Sól
If the recent 100-degree days and relentless sunshine are getting you down, duck into the Doug Fir’s basement and wallow in the pitch-black sounds of Atriarch. The local quartet has been churning out lurching, death-obsessed rock since 2009, blurring the lines between sludge metal, droning doom, experimental noise, and strangled punk rock. Atriarch just released its fourth full-length album, Dead as Truth, on the world’s leading metal label, Relapse Records. It’s a harrowing slab of bleakness, with enough deep, dark anti-grooves to keep the devil’s excavation business busy for eternity. The band’s rhythm section (bassist Andrew Stromstad and drummer Maxamillion Avila) will crush your soul in slo-mo. Singer Lenny Smith possesses a hopeless howl and a ghastly groan. And guitarist Joshua Dark sounds like he’s scraping evil off the walls of hell. Together, they’re one of Portland’s nastiest bands, and Sunday, they play the Doug Fir with Inter Arma, psych-doom masters in town all the way from Richmond, Virginia. BEN SALMON
Aug 13, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $10
Jeffrey Lewis, Rebecca Tilles
What can’t Jeffrey Lewis do? He’s the world’s leading authority on Watchmen, a noted comic book artist, and a brilliant (anti-) folk singer and lyricist. This evening he'll swing through Portland for an all-ages solo acoustic show at Turn! Turn! Turn! that's guaranteed to lift your spirits heading into the weekend.
Aug 11, 5 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $10, all ages
Hot Mass Block Party
Considering the dangerously hot weather we’ve been having, “Hot Mass” is an appropriate title for the gothic church-themed bar’s outdoor concert this Saturday. In addition to draws like Church’s “confessional” photo booth and high-quality menu of Southern-inspired food and drink, there’s some great local music to be devoured: DJ Chookie Crisp will be spinning throughout the night, and exceptional hip-hop acts like Rasheed Jamal and Hustle & Drone will be on deck. JENNI MOORE
Aug 12, 5 pm, Church, $5
The Bedrooms, Cockeye, UK Gold, Collate
Portland’s Cockeye plays vicious, thrashing queercore punk that sounds like it could shatter glass. CIARA DOLAN
Aug 11, 8 pm, Pop Tavern, $5
Speck's Grand Opening Party
Since Speck’s Records and Tapes quietly opened its doors this past March, the family-run record store has quickly become a favorite among local music lovers. Situated along the Kenton neighborhood’s sleepy strip, Speck’s carries a wide range of genres and small selection of audio equipment. Owners Michael and Maia Gersten invited a slew of promising local acts to perform in-store at this long-awaited grand opening. Headliner Fountaine will bring hazy hip-hop tracks from his new album, Hell for Infinite Losers (H.F.I.L.). Other highlights include dreamy pop trio Post Moves, masterful live mixing from DJ VNPRT, vinyl garage rock spins by DJ Stonebunny, and a pop-up from Moffenzeef Modular. Keep your fingers crossed for a surprise performance by DJ Bouncy, the owners’ school-aged son. EMILLY PRADO
Aug 13, noon, Speck's Records and Tapes, free
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele
Renowned vocalist LaRhonda Steele and "Portland's Boss of the B-3 Organ" Louis "King Louie" Pain take their acclaimed blues and jazz act out to DeNorval Unthank Park as part of Portland Parks and Recreation's Concerts in the Park series. This evening's musical performance will be followed by a screening of the movie Hidden Figures at dusk.
Aug 11, 6:30 pm, Unthank Park, free, all ages
Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Sherri Anne, known by her stage name Sister Speak, brings her bluesy acoustic sounds to the Doug Fir Patio as part of the venue's Pickin' on Sundays series.
Aug 13, 3 pm, Doug Fir, free
New Move, Rio Grands, Arthur & the Antics
New Move doesn't do anything by the book, and that includes not just their sound, but their showmanship. Pop music typically doesn't do what New Move makes it do.
Aug 13, 8 pm, Rontoms, free