THURS AUG 31
Springtime Carnivore w/Balto, Dasha
Lola’s Room in the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside
Springtime Carnivore sounds like the name of a nightmarish sludge metal outfit. But they’re quite the opposite, actually—led by frontwoman Greta Morgan (Hush Sound, Gold Motel), they’re the synth-poppy band of your dreams. On 2016’s Midnight Room, Morgan’s distinct voice pairs with vintage psychedelic sounds to transport listeners back to the age of shag carpets, free love, and Jell-O molds. Moments of sweeping beauty (“Nude Polaroids”) coexist alongside danceable tracks (“Raised by Wolves”). Morgan has mastered the art of subtlety with her light, lovely music.
FRI SEPT 1
Simple Plan w/The Bottom Line
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside
If you’re familiar with Simple Plan, it’s probably because you knew a teenager who listened to them in the early 2000s. That’s the whole appeal of this show—sweet, sweet nostalgia. The band’s last album, 2016’s Taking One for the Team, was lackluster at best. Simple Plan’s angsty, suburban charm won over the Warped Tour scene years ago, as well as the hearts of countless lonely teens. But most pop-punk bands are doomed to eventually plateau into mediocre dad-rockdom. Let’s hope they stick to the hits.
SUN SEPT 3
Conor Oberst w/M. Ward, Phoebe Bridgers
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon
It’s oddly comforting to listen to others croon about their heartbreak while struggling with our own. Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst’s stripped-down melodies provide the perfect soundtrack for this. That’s why it’s somewhat surprising how little conversation or press welcomed the release of his new album, Salutations. The sprawling, 17-track epic centers on Oberst’s continually soft, melancholic vocals and heart-wrenching songwriting. Seeing him live is a bucket list requirement, so you’d better get it over with.