VOTES FOR MONEY!—Big-time technology and media guru Lawrence Lessig (a co-founder of Creative Commons!) tells us why renewing Portlandís voter-owned elections system this November is crucial. Donít miss Lessig at tonightís Voter Owned Elections-themed Brewhaha, co-sponsored by the Bus Project and the Mercury. SM
West Cafe, 1201 SW Jefferson, 8 pm, FREE

DANCE OR DIE—Of Montreal's live shows are exuberant, horrifying, delightful things, with their catchy, weird-ass pop serving as the soundtrack for a production that looks like a school play on acid. Even better? Janelle Monae is opening, turning the Roseland into a sci-fi wonderland with her spacey, bass-y epics. EH
Rosewayland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $20

Or! If you've already put yourself on suicide watch, as I have (hide the sharp objects and Elliott Smith records), I gotta recommend the irresistibly cheery Allo Darlin', playing tonight at Backspace. They'll power-up the ol' will to live.