(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Few can whip a crowd up like the stomping-mad Langhorne Slim when he has a mind to. The Pennsylvania native's take on the sometimes cringe-y "alt-country" label is life loving and somewhat lawless, performed with an intensity that's near impossible to resist getting swept up into. MARJORIE SKINNER

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) We Were Promised Jetpacks' first triumph was the indelible "Quiet Little Voices" from their debut LP These Four Walls, a consistently enjoyable—if not groundbreaking—indie record. The Scottish group's follow-up however, In the Pit of the Stomach, released in 2011, is a whole different story. Sonically, In the Pit is a massive evolution—it might be the best sounding semi-mainstream rock record I've heard in years. The drums are cavernous and saturated, and the guitars teeter delicately between chiming and blown-out territories. The group's breathtaking dynamic and tonal range is best exemplified on the angular opener, mini-anthem "Circles and Squares"—but the real highlight song-wise is "Human Error," a ripper that sounds like U2 if they were actually a rock band. MORGAN TROPER

(Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th) Fusion jazz is the oft-maligned subset of jazz that seems like it was built entirely for middle-aged white folks who still fancy themselves a little bit "funky." True or not, you've gotta pay your respects to a group like Yellowjackets, a quartet that has been making easy-on-the-ears grooves for nearly 40 years. The 2014 edition of the group only features one original member, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, but has not lost an iota of their smooth approach in the transition. Key to that is the recent inclusion of Felix Pastorius, who brings a rubbery swing to the group that should be familiar to fans of his more famous father, Jaco. ROBERT HAM

(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) In what ought to amount to an introduction of sorts for lots of Portlanders, Matt Dorrien—AKA Snowblind Traveler—brings snapshots of yesteryear balladry and Americana to a weeklong stint at Al's Den. Dorrien released Lost on the North Hills in early 2013, an LP steeped in smart, melodic acoustic guitar work with downtrodden tales and tribal rhythms. His upcoming full-length, Confederate Burials, is a stunning collection of gritty, temporal meditations on wartime ("Confederate Burial") when it's not embracing Harry Nilsson on songs like "Lobster" and "Lazy Stream" or odes to Chinatown in "SF Shanghai." It's the type of album that almost everyone is going to gush over when it's released, so you might as well get a leg up now. RYAN J. PRADO