We can’t give enough ink to the Last Artful, Dodgr, who’ll open this year’s Project Pabst after nearly burning down the Galaxy Barn with her bars at Pickathon earlier this month. Bone Music, her debut LP with producer Neill Von Tally, is haunting and flawless, one of the best records to come out of Portland in a long time. Saturday 1 pm

Andreas Neumann


Earlier this year, whenRolling Stone asked Iggy Pop whether there’s an age limit for being shirtless in pubic, the 70-year-old responded, “There’s no age, and the public can kiss my sweet ass, bare.” Other than that, Iggy Pop’s your average septuagenarian: He retired to Florida, where he probably golfs and wears Tommy Bahama (on the rare occasion that he decides to put on a shirt). Also, he has a cockatoo named Biggy Pop AND THEY HEADBANG TOGETHER. There are countless reasons you should go to Project Pabst to see Iggy Pop—he’s the Godfather of Punk, dummies!—but mostly so you can kiss his sweet ass, bare. Saturday at 8:20 pm



I know FIDLAR is playing Project Pabst this year, but the all-caps punk band you should really prioritize is Olympia’s RVIVR. They’ve got scream-along lyrics, pogo-stick tempos, and the surging energy of a thousand river rapids. Their last full-length was 2013’s excellent The Beauty Between, then they released the EP Bicker and Breathe in 2014, and the 7-inch The Tide this past New Year’s. Its two songs—the title track and “Shaggy”—are wild and fun and sweaty. Though it’s unclear when they’ll release another LP, RVIVR just remastered and re-released their self-titled debut, a year short of its 10th anniversary. Sunday at 1:35 pm

Thomas Teal


Portland band Lithics channel the mathematics of Devo on their 2016 debut Borrowed Floors. It’s angular and weird and hypnotic—like punk music trapped in a carnival funhouse, where the mirrors distort reality until it’s unrecognizable. Sunday 1 pm

noname Bryan Lamb


Chicago rapper/poet Noname’s debut mixtape, Telefone, was one of the best releases of 2016. Though she first got attention for appearing on Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap mixtape in 2013, Noname’s work speaks for itself. She weaves together hip-hop, jazz, and R&B with her compositions, which radiate warmth and sparkling light—it’s rich, powerful music, saturated with gold tones even as she’s pouring out her heartache. If there’s one artist on the Project Pabst bill you should keep an eye on over the next few years, it’s Noname. Sunday at 4 pm

Matt Salacuse


When I saw Nas’ name on the Project Pabst lineup, I gleefully exclaimed, “Nas?!” Because it’s 2017, and I grew up during the heyday of the “N.Y. State of Mind” rapper. This might be the perfect place to revisit his impressive legacy, since it’s a beer festival (21 and over, y’all), so even the youngest attendees were alive in the ’90s. Plus, Nas is still active—he’s actually getting ready to release his 11th studio album sometime this year. Sunday at 7:05 pm