may.jpg

Behold the Mercury's May playlist, a selection of songs from Portland artists releasing new albums and touring acts passing through town this month. From Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound" farewell tour stop to the annual St. Johns Bizarre (with its jam-packed bill of local favorites, including Wild Ones and Fritzwa) to the Portland debut of the Longshot (Billie Joe Armstrong's surprisingly decent new band/midlife crisis), May's calendar is bursting with can't-miss shows.

Plus, local bands are dropping some fantastic new records—be sure to keep an ear out for Lithics' sophomore LP Mating Surfaces, Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Sex & Food, Wooden Shjips' V (written while the Eagle Creek Fire devastated the Columbia Gorge last summer), Turtlenecked's great/bizarre EP High Scores of the Heart, and Dear Nora's first new album in 10 years, Skulls Example.

Please note: I lied, there are actually 32 songs on this playlist, because I've included a bonus track ("The Races") from the Astoria-based musician Grouper (AKA Liz Harris), who rarely performs live but just released a stunning new album called Grid of Points that you should listen to immediately.

Also be sure to check our Things to Do Music calendar for more information about upcoming shows in Portland!