MUSIC—What kind of noises does the desert make? If it's anything like Utah band Desert Noises, it's warm, rippling, harmony-laden rock bathed in pastel beauty. They recorded their most recent EP, the splendid I Won't See You, here in Portland with Houndstooth's Graeme Gibson, and they've got an oasis of great tunes at their disposal. NL
w/Tiger Merritt, Animal Eyes; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $7

COOKING—America's Test Kitchen is an invaluable resource for home cooks, their magazine Cook's Illustrated is amazing, and the public radio show puts The Splendid Table to shame. (Sorry, Lynne Rossetto Kasper.) Tonight, host Christopher Kimball brings his live show to Portland, featuring a behind-the-scenes, video interviews, and a live Q&A. AH
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $36.25-46.25, all ages