LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS: ANCIENT HEAT, LOST LANDER, BARNA HOWARD, AARON CHAPMAN, ADVENTURE GALLEY, SUBLIME FREQUENCIES DJs, DJ COOKY PARKER, DJ DULLAH, FUTRO MCs
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) See My, What a Busy Week!


SHOVELS AND ROPE, WILLIE WATSON
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our article on Shovels and Rope.


BLONDE REDHEAD, HUNGRY GHOST
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) See My, What a Busy Week!


NILS FRAHM, DAWN OF MIDI
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) When Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm plays Mississippi Studios tonight, it will be his third visit to the venue in 14 months. If you missed him the first two times, don't make that mistake again. In a growing field of artists who are blanketing piano music with modern electronic sounds, Frahm may be the most easily accessible, thanks to his sharp ear for melody and the power of repetition. His 2013 album Spaces is a stunner; recorded using different methods in a variety of locations with different audiences, it showcases not only Frahm's songs, but also his improvisational skill and command of dynamics. Start with the song "Says" and see if your heart doesn't burst six or seven minutes in. As if Frahm isn't enough of a draw, Sunday's show will feature opener Dawn of Midi, an incredible New York trio that creates hypnotic, minimalist dance-music grooves using bass, piano, and drums. BEN SALMON


MEMORY BOYS, HALF SHADOW, BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Half Shadow's shows are not really shows, but transcendent curiosities. The project, an ever-evolving songwriting extension of Portland's Jesse Carsten, is built out of a series of weighted dreamsongs. Rarely performed the same way twice, these songs are filled with detours to unexpected lands where the line between open and unhinged is thin. Carsten's performances are invariably powerful, full of wonder, and unlike anything else. Tonight's show is the homecoming for Half Shadow's joint "Dream of Desertification" tour with local folk-pop favorites Memory Boys, for which Carsten plays drums. Black Belt Eagle Scout, the excellent solo project of Katherine Paul from Genders, opens the night. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON


ITASCA, DESERT OF HIATUS, DJ FELISHA
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) As someone pretty much immediately turned off by anything described as "folksy," I was apprehensive listening to Unmoored by the Wind, the new record from Itasca—the moniker for New York-via-LA singer/songwriter Kayla Cohen. I'm not even sure if I would categorize Itasca as folk, though; the musical breadth of songs like the gorgeous "After Dawn" and Cohen's hyper-technical, borderline neoclassical guitar playing defy the appropriateness of such a simplistic designation (although Cohen's voice and phrasing are somewhat reminiscent of Wildflowers-era Judy Collins). Unmoored by the Wind is of its own breed, an acoustic-based record that sounds expansive in spite of its subdued nature. It doesn't employ any of the artifice typical of contemporary folk—it's simply a great record by an immensely promising songwriter. MORGAN TROPER


SLOTHS, DDY GLOBOX
(The Peculiarium, 2234 NW Thurman) See All-Ages Action!


THE LOWEST PAIR, THE MOONSHINE
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) The Americana-inspired musical explosion that's taken place over the last few years has left music fans with a lot of debris to work through. With so many bands playing in that bluegrass-infused style, it can get a little too kitschy for comfort. But when you find it done right, the sincerity is palpable, and the melodies are honest and enjoyable. The Lowest Pair, the duo of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, is strong in their simplicity—two whispering banjos making a bed for Lee and Winter's clear, modest harmonies. It's easy on the ear, the kind of thing you could hear night after night—and coincidentally they're at Al's Den for a weeklong residency. Mark it on your calendar a couple times. ROBIN BACIOR