SOFT TAGS, MASSIVE MOTH, THE RESERVATIONS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) With their latest, Suit of Lights, Soft Tags have assembled a terrific and daring album packed with taut, seasoned post-punk. Help them celebrate the record's release tonight, and witness Portland's most prolific and self-sufficient DIY band do things their own way, with amazing results. NED LANNAMANN Also see our article on Soft Tags.
BURNING YELLOWS, PRESCRIPTION PILLS, ALPS, BLOOD BEACH (East End, 203 SE Grand) Whether shouting in front of a full band or crooning over a laptop, Cole Browning of Prescription Pills has had a busy and productive first half of 2011. Avoiding repetition in his live sets has helped Browning play constant shows across town without losing momentum. Once known for his energetic and danceable live sets, Prescription Pills have evolved into a more subtle and romantic form of dark pop, and now armed with just his laptop, synth, and a decorative bouquet of flowers, Browning will continue to bring out the dance in the many brooding souls of Portland. ARIAN JALALI
SLAM DUNK, PAT JORDACHE (The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Recording for the prestigious Constellation Records, Montreal's Pat Jordache forgoes that label's predominant epic post-rock approach for songs that strike with immediacy. His primary mode resembles that of a low-budget Of Montreal—danceable glam rock gussied up with nonchalant flamboyance. There's a winning, modest hamminess about Jordache's persona that's not too far from Edwyn Collins', and he accentuates that with a sure handle on accessible yet uncloying tunesmithery. DAVE SEGAL