SUMMER CANNIBALS, GRANDPARENTS, XDS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's Summer Cannibals' coming-out party, as the Portland post-punkers celebrate the release of their fine debut album, No Makeup. Get there in plenty of time for Grandparents' dream-manifesting haze-pop and the skin-shedding, nutzoid, sonic tidal wave of XDS. NED LANNAMANN Also, read our article on Summer Cannibals.
MINUS THE BEAR, HUSTLE AND DRONE, THEMES
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Minus the Bear is one of those bands whose persistence and longevity is backed up not only by stodgy resilience, but also talent. Throughout their career, the band's sound has evolved from spacey math-rock (Menos el Oso), to coagulating electro-prog (Planet of Ice), to unleaded bouts of sexy disco-pop (Omni), and back to some mixture of all three on 2012's trippy Infinity Overload. They're veterans of a populist indie scene that boasts an increasing number of irrelevant or flat-out non-functioning entities, and have earned a spot as innovative underground lifers. And they're amazingly good live. In tow tonight are local electro-punk all stars Hustle and Drone, themselves on the cusp of releasing a debut LP. This show is a yes. RYAN J. PRADO