PDX POP NOW BENEFIT: GUIDANCE COUNSELOR, WELCOME HOME WALKER, ONUINU, STARPARTY
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Unlike most guidance counselors (AKA responsibility police), Portland's own Guidance Counselor's shrill, lo-fi mess of sweet, grimy dance punk suggests major life decisions are bullshit. But proceeds from this event go to PDX Pop Now!'s school outreach programming, so you can still feel good about yourself in spite of your newfound nihilism. KEVIN OTZENBERGER
BUILT TO SPILL, LE FLEUR, LORDS OF FALCONRY
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) [Editor's note: Normally Courtney Ferguson is on the Built to Spill beat around these parts, but since she is feeling creatively bereft about Mr. Martsch & Co., we'll let her BTS-lovin' husband take it from here.] A summer afternoon 16 years ago brought together all the elements necessary for the creation of a hopeless indie-rock fanboy. I'd smoked a little dope, skated over to the local college, wound up in some co-ed's front room listening to There's Nothing Wrong with Love, and the rest is history... going to all their shows I possibly could, listening to them every day at work, requesting "Car" at my wedding for the first dance between me and my new wife. Look, I'm 36 years old—too old for these fanboy shenanigans, right? Doesn't matter, because every time I see Doug and the boys live, I start grinnin' and air-guitarin' like an idiot, angling for the front of the crowd and waiting for the crazy to kick in. When all Hell does finally break loose, with the layers of cascading guitars and effect pedals smoking and wheezing and generally trying to keep up with the mayhem, there's Built to Spill, cool as cucumbers, keeping us amazed, and making it all look so easy. E.M. BACHER
MIGHTY GHOSTS, ERIN LEIKER
(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) Once there was Mighty Ghosts of Heaven, now it is simply Mighty Ghosts. Prior to the release of their brand-new album Aberdeen, which celebrates its release tonight, the Portland five-piece streamlined their name, added a drummer, and altered their repertoire. The traditional old-time tunes they were playing evolved and changed along with the band; the songs became the Mighty Ghosts' own, and vocalist Gus Smith wrote a fair shake of his own to go along with them. The new album is a jaunty, relaxed collection of country pickin', bluegrass harmonies, and back-porch folk, sounding as effortless and carefree as a ribbon in the wind. It's the kind of American roots music that many have tried, but few have mastered—and with Aberdeen, it's clear that Mighty Ghosts are in the latter camp, joining this town's elite of expert roots, old-time, and folk practitioners. NED LANNAMANN
DJ Anjali, Biz Markie, Wilg Flag, and the Built to Spill afterparty info, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!
ATLAS 7-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: DJ ANJALI, E3, THE INCREDIBLE KID
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Pretty much as long as there has been Holocene, there has been Atlas, the finest booty-shaking, passport-stamping global dance party our fine city has to offer. So pop open a Kingfisher and give a shout-out of a la sature to Anjali, E3, and the Incredible Kid, because tonight Atlas turns seven years old. Before their vast collection of LPs—from bhangra to reggaeton, Arabic hiphop to mambo—hit the decks, the Atlas DJs will screen the film Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (see Film, pg. 38) which examines the Muslim punk community, from its roots inception to its current incarnation. Calm down fatty, there will be cake as well; they are promising an artery-clogging 25 pounds of "Portland's finest tres leches cake." A suggestion for Atlas' eighth anniversary: lap-band surgery. EAC
BIZ MARKIE, REV. SHINES, DJ GEMO
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) "Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date? But a year to make love she wanted you to wait?" Biz Markie penned these timeless words in 1989 and, well, we haven't heard much from him since. Other than serving as an opening DJ for Chris Rock in his 2008 No Apologies tour, television cameos, and commercials for Radio Shack, Markie hasn't put out much in the way of new material since that amazing single dropped. Yet his legacy has endured, no doubt because "Just a Friend" is one of those songs none of us will ever forget—due to the indelible rhymes, epic music video, and eternal subject matter. True fans should know that Biz first made his mark as a talented beatboxer and will probably be showcasing his skills tonight, in addition to singing the song for which we all know and love him. MARANDA BISH
WILD FLAG, ROYAL BATHS, KELLI SCHAEFER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Unless you are named Mary Timony, Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, or Rebecca Cole, then chances are you have never heard a single note from Wild Flag. But that hasn't stopped the deafening hype from building to a robust roar following the formation of this local supergroup, one that features an absolutely unfuckwithable pedigree of former bands: Helium, Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, the Jicks, the Minders, just to name a few. While they've joked about the secrecy that surrounds the band—stating that for all you know they might just be a polka band—chances are if you are a fan of any of their previous projects you will be smitten with what you hear tonight. Especially if it's polka. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
BUILT TO SPILL AFTERPARTY: DJ DOUG MARTSCH, SWEET JIMMY T
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) See listing above.
You can look at the complete show listings here.