Wolf Parade, Charly Bliss
Indie rock veterans Wolf Parade unveiled a new album last year, the excellent Cry Cry Cry. It’s raw, cathartic, and earnest, with a few songs that verge on the greatness of their 2005 anthem “I’ll Believe in Anything.” They’re touring with rising power pop band Charly Bliss, whose sugarcoated debut LP Guppy was one of the best records of 2017.
8 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $28-30
If you wanted to use an album title to sum up our collective state of being over the past year, you could do much worse than the name of Sløtface’s debut full-length, Try Not to Freak Out, which came out late last summer. And rest assured, Sløtface feels approximately the same way—the young Norwegian quartet spikes its music with pop-culture references, plenty of punk spirit, and progressive lyrics that touch on feminism, environmentalism, gender equality, and politically fueled anxiety. “I’ve filled my quota of boys with acoustic guitars,” sings Haley Shea in “Nancy Drew,” a song about busting up boys’ clubs. “But more are born every year.” This is true, of course. But it’s bands like Sløtface—with breakneck speeds, roaring guitars, killer melodies, and socially aware perspectives—that will be indispensable as we move forward into the future. Let’s all try not to freak out together. BEN SALMON
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $12
Steve Gunn and Julie Byrne
Since releasing his self-titled debut in 2007, Steve Gunn has become an incredibly prolific and consistent songwriter. Schooled in the rootsy, primitive guitar calisthenics of John Fahey and the eastern modal wormholes of sitar players like Ravi Shankar, Gunn’s an expert at weaving dizzying tapestries through jammy guitar freak-outs. Joining Gunn on this West Coast tour is the equally bewitching singer/songwriter Julie Byrne, whose 2017 LP Not Even Happiness is full of contemporary folk tunes with lush, whispered sensitivity, like the stunning opening track “Follow My Voice” and standout “Natural Blue.” Both artists are performing back-to-back evenings at Mississippi Studios this weekend—if you haven’t procured tickets yet, I’d recommend doing so immediately. RYAN J. PRADO
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15-17
Stravinksy's Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky’s violent ballet score has been circulating among the world’s concert halls for over a century now, but The Rite of Spring still manages to jolt modern ears with riotous noise, often whipping the orchestra into a seemingly uncontained frenzy. The Oregon Symphony has decided to crank this particular performance to 11, commissioning Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Matthew Haber to create a video installation that will accompany Stravinsky’s music. As if that weren’t enough, the show’s setlist also includes Joseph Haydn’s brilliant Symphony No. 70 and Béla Bartók’s fascinating Violin Concerto No. 2—the latter featuring Finnish soloist Elina Vähälä and her 237-year-old fiddle. BRIAN HORAY
2 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $24-120, all ages
Laura Palmer's Death Parade, Heavii Mello
Rontoms' second Sunday Session of the new year doubles as a tape release show for local psych-folk act Laura Palmer's Death Parade. Upstart synth-pop act Heavii Mello provides support.
8 pm, Rontoms, free
Markiplier's You're Welcome Tour
YouTube star, comedic vlogger, and Forbes' "30 Under 30" media luminary Mark “Markiplier” Fishbach brings his show on the road for a night of live adventures, improv games, and audience challenges.
7 pm, Keller Auditorium, $35-125
The Poe Show
So far as subjects of a variety-style entertainment extravaganza go, Edgar Allan Poe might not seem like the most obvious choice, but the performers fueling the Poe Show will make it work with live music, short films, a trivia competition, and readings from the man's historic works, including a performance of The Raven by Daniel Elder and Jude Brewer.
8 pm, Clinton Street Theater, $5
Once upon a time, children’s films had teeth and weren’t afraid to use them. As time passed, anything overtly aimed at kids got its crusts cut off, forced to assume the shape and feel of an overstuffed pillow. That is not the story of Coraline, LAIKA’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beautifully sharp fable, which has bite strong enough to leave marks on any smart, inventive child’s imagination. BOBBY ROBERTS
Academy Theater, see Movie Times for showtimes and locations, $3-4
Second Sunday: Beyond Fake News
While terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” are easy to laugh off, the truth is always at risk for misrepresentation whether online, in conversation, or in media. Outreach librarian, Kelly McElroy, will host a community conversation about how to find accurate information every day. EMILLY PRADO
2 pm, Oregon Historical Society Museum, free
For more than 15 years, the Stillwater, New Jersey, newgrassers of Railroad Earth have amassed a rabid following of fans who refer to themselves as “hobos.” While this might sound similar to the Grateful Dead’s roving masses of Deadheads, Railroad Earth’s popularity owes more to the liquid sonic parameters of the jam-band cloth than to some perceived status as mere new-jack torchbearers. A seamless melding of bluegrass-inspired fiddle hoedowns is tempered by Americana flourishes, smart songwriting, and extended jams, culminating in impressively nuanced songs like “Grandfather Mountain” from its most recent LP, 2014’s Last of the Outlaws. Railroad Earth’s oeuvre spans many styles, but the band is without a doubt at its best when it’s folding in the organics of piano and horns, laying down feel-good meditative epics like “Monkey.” There’s no way I know as much as hardcore fans, but if you’re able to snag a ticket to this, consider yourself lucky. RYAN J. PRADO
8 pm, Doug Fir, $38
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