Moorea Masa & the Mood, Blossom
For many in the Portland music scene (myself included), Moorea Masa first grabbed our collective attention as a vocalist in Ural Thomas and the Pain. She’s since gone on to work with the Brent Knopf/Matt Berninger collaboration El Vy and sung for the Decemberists and kd lang, but concurrently, Masa’s also been proving herself an artist fully deserving of her own spotlight. Masa’s first solo album, Shine a Light, is a soulful, magnanimous collection of songs that sounds fully contemporary even as it boasts vintage garnishments like whirring Hammond organ and Motown-esque stabs of strings. Masa’s voice would likely sound fantastic in front of any backdrop, but Shine a Light is the perfect showcase for her terrific voice, tinged with soul, R&B, folk, and pop. It’s an album good enough to turn Masa into the kind of superstar she so clearly is destined to become. NED LANNAMANN
The Longshot, Frankie & The Studs
Billie Joe Armstrong steered Green Day away from populist bombast and revolutionary sloganeering with the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! trilogy, but 2012’s course correction was a chaotic scramble with too few stretches of pop pleasure. Armstrong’s new band, the Longshot, which features Green Day sideman Jeff Matika and two members of Prima Donna, finds pop punk’s greatest songwriter going back to basics again, and this time it’s a scrappy, hook-happy triumph. The band’s brand-new debut, Love Is for Losers, evokes an alternate reality in which Green Day ignored our 21st century breakdown and got deep into power pop revivalists like the Exploding Hearts and Gentleman Jesse instead. Unlike Armstrong’s past side projects, which always seemed like downtime larks (Foxboro Hot Tubs) or vehicles for someone else’s vision (Pinhead Gunpowder), the Longshot sounds like a fully realized version of something that’s been on his mind for a while now, and it’s a joy hearing him have fun with it.
7 pm, Star Theater, $27.50
The Sea & Cake, L.A. Takedown
The influential trio out of Chicago bring their jazz-tinged indie rock and post-rock through the Doug Fir Lounge in support of Any Day, the band's first new album since 2012's Runner.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $18-20
Iceage, Mary Lattimore
By all accounts, Beyondless—the new album from Denmark’s ambitious punk band Iceage—is an artistic triumph. And that’s probably true: Iceage is good. But don’t let the relative quietude of tonight’s opening act fool you into a chit-chat with friends near the back of the venue. Mary Lattimore is an in-demand harpist who’s played with big names like Kurt Vile and Sharon Van Etten, and she’s also a composer who experienced something of a breakthrough with her 2016 album At the Dam. But it’s her new one—Hundreds of Days—that captivates in current times. Inspired by her move from Philly to California and powered by an artistic residency on the Pacific Coast, Hundreds of Days finds Lattimore experimenting with vocals, keyboards, guitars, and theremin, building gorgeous and airy songs around her mastery of the 47-string harp. It’s a positively entrancing listen, so go to the show ready to be entranced before you dance. BEN SALMON
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15
A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Luz Elena Mendoza
Forest Bathing, the new album from Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes’ project A Hawk and a Hacksaw, explores American and Eastern European folk music and fuses both traditions with 10 instrumental tracks. Sunday night’s your chance to experience these immersive sounds live, and it’s also an opportunity to see Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza perform solo. CIARA DOLAN
8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $13-15
Spec Script: Westworld
A live episode of the Rivercity Podcast Federation program, where a staged reading of Anthony Hudson's script for a Westworld episode is performed live by local comic talent.
7 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $7
Pennsylvania-hailing singer/songwriter and pianist Avery Sunshine brings her gospel-rooted vocals and contemporary R&B and soul sounds to the Jack London Revue for the Portland stop on a tour supporting her latest full-length, Twenty Sixty Four.
9 pm, Jack London Revue, $25
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
This 1975 adaptation of the novel by Oregonian Ken Kesey was Miloš Forman’s big splash in American mainstream cinema, and won about a bazillion Oscars. Filmed in Salem, it’s an incredibly bleak satire dealing with distribution of power; Forman, an exiled Czech, is preoccupied with the oppression of the individual at the hands of those in control—in this case, the nurses and doctors at an insane asylum. But it’s a comedy, isn’t it? Jack Nicholson mugs it up as a con artist posing as a lunatic to avoid hard time; his skewed mindset and goofball antics inject some life into the other crazies. Sure, it doesn’t end well, but the movie isn’t afraid to entertain even as it asks tough questions. NED LANNAMANN
7 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
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