Aldous Harding, Briana Marela
The 2014 debut album of New Zealand’s Aldous Harding hit US shores last year, making for one of the finest introductions to a startling new talent in quite some time. Her shadowy folk songs are somber and sumptuous—they locate emotional pressure points and provide cathartic release. Harding’s latest, Party, is another candlelit trip into her fascinating headspace. NED LANNAMANN
7 pm, Revolution Hall (rooftop deck), $12-14
If you’re a reggae fan you’re well aware the Wailers basically put the genre on the map, and that the band has had its share of lineup changes since Marley’s death in 1981. Now steered by bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, all remaining original members of Bob Marley and the Wailers reunite and welcome aboard others, including singer Josh Barrett, and Aston Jr., who will stand in for his uncle, slain Wailers drummer Carlton Barrett. It’ll be great to hear the legendary band perform classics like “Could You Be Loved,” “No Woman, No Cry,” and “Stir It Up.” Too bad it’s being hosted indoors (where smoke plumes are highly detectable), but the die-hards will deal. JENNI MOORE
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $25-30
There are so many reasons to love Pickathon—its location on Happy Valley’s gorgeous Pendarvis Farm, its postcard-worthy view of Mount Hood, its reusable silverware, its hammock village, but most of all, its music. This year’s lineup features icons like Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires alongside promising up-and-comers, like Jay Som. CIARA DOLAN
Aug 4-6, 11 am, Pendarvis Farm, $125-310, all ages
Oregon Burlesque Festival
The art of the peel is carefully practiced here in Portland, and for three nights at Dante's, every aspect of it will be celebrated, from the legends of burlesque's past to the stars of its present.
Aug 4-5, 9 pm, $20-55
Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Candace, Ah God
Local trio Candace (FKA Is/Is) have been making consistently great psychedelic rock and shoegaze-tinged pop for a while now. If you haven't familiarized yourself yet, tonight's show with fellow locals Orquestra Pacifico Tropical and Ah God provides the perfect opportunity to become acquainted.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $8-12
Bling Bling: Early 2Ks Hip-Hop Tribute Night
Tribute Night returns to Holocene, with DJ Ronin Roc serving up smorgasbord of early 2000’s rap gems from the likes Nelly, Ludacris, DMX, Lil Jon, Ja Rule, and more. Get nostalgic while dancing the night away to jams and accompanying visuals, and take advantage of the event's free photo booth to help preserve the memories.
9 pm, Holocene, $10
Havania Whaal, Alien Boy, Planet Damn, Clovver, Gillian Frances
Havania Whaal bring their noise pop and post-punk sounds to an excellent all-ages bill at Post 134. Expect to hear tunes off their upcoming full-length, Elaborate Minor Crisis, which is due out later this year.
6 pm, American Legion Local 134, $5-10, all ages
Daniel H. Wilson
The New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse returns with The Clockwork Dynasty, a new thriller about a race of human-like machines who have been hiding among us for ages.
7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free
AFI, Circa Survive, Citizen
Of the three bands on this bill, one is pretty huge: AFI, a 25-year-old goth-tinged hardcore band that busted into the big time in the mid-2000s with some arena-ready pop-rock songs (remember “Miss Murder”?) and buckets of guyliner. Then there’s Circa Survive, veterans of hyper-catchy, mildly proggy pop-punk from the Philly area. But don’t lollygag, show up late, and miss Citizen. They’re the lesser-known youngsters of this bill, but also one of the better bands to come out of the recent wave of emo-indebted rock acts. Citizen’s 2015 album Everybody Is Going to Heaven is a buzzy, bottom-heavy rock ’n’ roll delight, and its forthcoming follow-up, As You Please, finds the band expanding its aesthetic horizons, experimenting with sounds and song structures, and exploring themes of Rust Belt discontent. It’s not out ’til October, but people will be talking about it then, and you can say you saw ’em way back when. BEN SALMON
9 pm, Roseland, $34-36, all ages
Sheers, Oshwa, Paper Gates
The Portland trip-hop trio throws itself a single release party for their latest complicated-yet-satisfying soundscape, "All Will Be New."
9 pm, Bunk Bar, $6-8
Stumptown Improv Festival
Every year, the Stumptown Improv Festival gets bigger and better. The homegrown celebration of off-the-cuff hilarity is one of my favorite things about summer in Portland, and it’s a chance to see adults doing some of the silliest shit imaginable. This year, I’m especially excited to check out returning out-of-towners Summerland and Sunday Service, and revel in delightful local troupes like Tunnel and Peachy Chicken. MEGAN BURBANK
Aug 4-5, 7 pm, Artists Repertory Theatre, $15-18
The Leading Ladies of Punk Show: The Wild Jumps, Fox Medicine, Titty Babies
The Lombard Pub hosts a wild-ass night spotlighting the city's up-and-coming female-fronted punk acts.
9 pm, The Lombard Pub, free
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