(Crown Room, 205 NW 4th) As signs of summer's wane slowly appear, nostalgia for warm, dusty nights and bonfire memories need a soundtrack. Tycho's upcoming album Dive (out on Ghostly International in November) is just the thing. Following up his 2004 Sunrise Projector LP, Tycho (Scott Hansen) includes some of the dreamy downtempo soundscapes he's known for, while also treading into new trance territory (think the Field, not Paul Oakenfold). For instance, the beautiful single "Hours" invokes a vague and endless shoreline on a timeless beach somewhere in a contented recollection of the most meaningful September of your life. Each and every track on Dive carries a similar emotional weight. For more specific visualization, check out the stunning album artwork, perfectly sentimental to suit the music and done by Hansen under his ISO50 guise. AVA HEGEDUS
MASSIVE MOTH, MONOPLANE, YOUTH, THE WE SHARED MILK
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The stylistically wide-ranging rock of Salem-based trio Massive Moth hit its stride on the group's second album More Scenery Than Man, released earlier this year on Warble Records. They're playing their last Portland show before going on hiatus, so here's your last chance to see the group for the time being. Massive Moth's sprawling, adventurous fare is equal parts aggression and quirk, with intriguing lyrics and dueling lead vocalists; more often than not the group's finest songs attain a level of majesty. Arrive in plenty of time to catch a slew of good openers including Youth and Salem band Monoplane. But don't miss out on the We Shared Milk, who just premiered the video for their catchy party jam "Drag," and whose current EP Jesuses is 20 solid minutes of damn good feelings. NED LANNAMANN
PAPER UPPER CUTS, WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, ANIMAL STITCHES
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Mona Dehghan, the one-woman head of Brooklyn label Mon Amie Records, gave a disclaimer in describing her latest release, the 10-inch single Holy Mountain/Sunbeams and the Cosmic Ascent to Nowheresville from Portland's very own Wooden Indian Burial Ground: "I don't put out many records... just ones that kill me a little (in a good way)." That gives you an idea of what to expect from WIBG mastermind Justin Fowler, who since 2007 has put out just a spattering of "western psychedelia" songs, which have been enough to enamor, but not satisfy, intrigued listeners. Fortunately that will soon change, as more WIBG tracks are slated to be put to vinyl in the months to come, including the whimsical "The Doctor's Note," a song that spills over with atmosphere so enticing as to threaten to swallow you whole.
SEA PDX EXG: BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH, NORSKA, NEGATIVE QUEEN, CULL
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Seattle has Portland pretty well beat in the rock category. They've got Heart, Metal Church, the Murder City Devils, and the entirety of the grunge movement. That doesn't mean we still can't be friends, right? The SEA PDX EXG two-day showcase—curated by Hannah Levin (KEXP in Seattle) and Carly Henry (Starbird Promotions in Portland)—illustrates that both cities can work together and coexist in harmony. While we're at it, we can prove our prowess in rock with the likes of Red Fang (like anyone in PDX doesn't already know that Red Fang owns?) on Thursday, and Negative Queen (members of Purple Rhinestone Eagle and Cull) on Friday. ARIS WALES