(Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen) It's finally here! Our favorite event on the music calendar makes its welcome return: three days of excellent live music in the bucolic setting of Pendarvis Farm. It's Pickathon, and this year boasts the fest's most impressive lineup yet, with X, Nickel Creek, the War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Ural Thomas, and dozens more. NED LANNAMANN Read our feature on Pickathon.
THE FLAMING LIPS, RADIATION CITY
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito & Columbia) You don't have to like, love, or even loathe futbol to be glad Major League Soccer's bringing its week-long all-star extravaganza to Portland this year. And here's why: The actual Flaming Lips are helping kick off the festivities (get it? kicking) with a free show. And no, you don't get points for giving Wayne Coyne's giant space bubble your best header. DENIS C. THERIAULT
XIU XIU, CIRCUIT DES YEUX, MARISA ANDERSON
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) This has been a busy year for goth-art/indie-pop rockers Xiu Xiu. Since December, they've released four disparate albums that include a haunting free-jazz take on the music of Nina Simone, an album of American and Caribbean spirituals of the 19th and early 20th centuries recorded at Sigur Ros' studio in Iceland, a Record Store Day-only hand-packaged best of and rarities collection, and an album based on a violent Japanese erotic film from 1979. It's hard to predict what tonight will hold, but Xiu Xiu's live shows are historically even more surprising, dark, and angry than their albums. So whether it's a show led by a creepily tender version of "Wild Is the Wind" or a set of minimalist industrial drum machine songs about double suicide, it is likely to be, either way, the most intense show you'll see all year. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) It's been a while since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were on people's buzz-spouting lips; the indie pop band had a righteous success with their 2005 self-titled debut, and their venue sizes have shrunk since then. But that's all the better to catch the still-got-it music-makers in cozy confines, playing new music from their new, solid Only Run album. COURTNEY FERGUSON