THURS MAY 5
Motion City Soundtrack w/the Spill Canvas, Microwave; Roseland, 8 NW 6th
Out of all the second-wave emo bands that rose to prominence in the early- to mid-'00s, Motion City Soundtrack has been, somewhat surprisingly, the most enduring—they sound like a more mall-friendly version of the Smoking Popes. The group's most listenable album is still 2007's Even if It Kills Me, an indelible, recklessly sincere pop-punk record that saw their more histrionic tendencies tempered by no-frills production from the Cars' Ric Ocasek and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger—two guys who, if nothing else, clearly know how to reel it the fuck in. Tonight's date is in support of last year's Panic Stations, but this stretch of shows also doubles as a "farewell tour" for the band, who in March formally announced they'll be breaking up. Meaning this will probably be the last time you have an opportunity to sing along to "Everything Is Alright" at the top of your lungs in a room full of sweaty, reformed punks—you're probably getting too old for that shit, anyway.
MON MAY 9
Tig Bitty w/Babelfishh, DMLH, Juicy Karkass; Anarres Infoshop, 7101 N Lombard
Listening to Portland hip-hop anomaly Tig Bitty evokes memories of tinkering around in FruityLoops and GarageBand as a high schooler—something pretty much every millennial with even a vague interest in the genre did at one point or another. Tig Bitty eschews humorless rap tropes and revels in her own amateurishness—songs like "Eggs Sausage and Buiscits" [sic] marry amorphous beats with tongue-tied rhymes like "Is that a pickle in your pocket?/Or did you see me and want to dock it?" The artist's self-titled EP from 2014 is still one of the strangest, most original releases by a Portland musician in years—hip-hop or otherwise.