Speedy Ortiz, Anna Burch, Roseblood
After spending years playing with folksier indie bands like Frontier Ruckus and Failed Flowers (and backing Fred Thomas on his 2017 record Changer), in February Detroit “bummer pop” singer/songwriter Anna Burch released her solo debut Quit the Curse via Polyvinyl Record Co. Burch delivers both emotionally earnest lyrics and detached witticisms that, like the songwriting of her current tour-mate Speedy Ortiz, recalls the wordplay of Liz Phair. But most of the sunny, windswept pop melodies on Quit the Curse bely the moodiness lurking beneath the surface, even as Burch tells a love interest, “You scare me with your indifference/I like you best when you’re a mess.” (It sounds a lot like Alvvays, but without the sailing and matrimony.) CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Doug Fir, $15
Janelle Monae, St. Beauty
Janelle Monáe is the pop-star America desperately needs, but probably doesn’t deserve. That’s proven on her new album Dirty Computer, a collection of retro-futuristic R&B anthems with guest appearances from the likes of Grimes, Zoë Kravitz, Pharrell, and 75-year-old Beach Boy Brian Wilson. From the bubbly electro-pop of “Pynk” to the Prince-esque closing track “Americans,” Dirty Computer is surely one of the best albums of 2018. CIARA DOLAN
6:30 pm, Edgefield, $43-46
Minus the Bear, The New Trust
The beloved Seattle quartet bring their math rock sounds back to the Hawthorne Theatre for the Portland stop on a North American tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed third full-length, Planet of Ice.
8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $25-30, all ages
A Place to Bury Strangers, Sextile, Tender Age
Brooklyn noise rock trio A Place to Bury Strangers bring their heavy and atmospheric blend of psychedelic space rock back to Portland for a headlining show supporting their latest full-length, Pinned.
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $14-16
Kung Fu Theater: The Dragon, The Hero
This month’s installment in Dan Halsted’s ongoing celebration of all things whoop-ass is the only known 35mm print of 1979's The Dragon, The Hero, about an assassin facing an evil villain who's basically a really shitty thrift store owner. If that sounds sorta low-stakes, the film makes sure the path to the back office of this antiques smuggling ring is stocked with all sorts of colorful characters for the kicking, including drunken masters, opium addicts, and a Bruce Lee impersonator. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
Perhaps you know Sebastian Bach from his days fronting ’80s metal band Skid Row, but I’ll always remember him as Gil—the enigmatic, hair-whipping guitarist of Hep Alien in Gilmore Girls. He was older, sure, but Gil could rock, and the way he spoke to his younger bandmates about yearning to relive his glory dates often seemed a little too real. Despite being one of the show’s peripheral characters, every time he appeared onscreen it was clear that both Gil and Bach fervently loved making music, and his joy was palpable—even when he covered “Hollaback Girl” for a Bar Mitzvah. These days he’s touring solo, and while I can’t vouch for his solo work, if he performs with half the panache of Gil, I’m sure Bach will whip his hair straight into your heart. CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Dante's, $22.50-25
Steven Church, Aaron Gilbreath
Steven Church reads from I'm Just Getting To The Disturbing Part, a collection of essays reflecting on work, fear, and fatherhood. Church will be joined in conversation by Aaron Gilbreath, author of Everything We Don’t Know.
7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free
Chris Cohen, Hand Habits, Shannon Lay
The Los Angeles-based psych pop musician and former Deerhoof guitarist comes back up the coast in support of his Captured Tracks-issued solo album, As If Apart. Seattle singer/songwriter Erin Birgy—AKA Hand Habits—rounds out the proceedings with her own blend of experimental pop.
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $15
Cascade Brewing Bee Fest
An all new beer fest that gives loves to the bees. Well, mostly to the sweet honey they provide that makes for very delicious beers, but also because bees deserve more love than they get. And how's this for some love: Cascade Brewing is spreading this fest across two locations, and highlighting seven different honey beers, while donating proceeds to the Portland Urban Beekeepers.
6 pm, Cascade Brewing Barrel House & The Lodge at Cascade Brewing
New Found Glory, Bayside, The Movielife, William Ryan Key
The Sick Tour brings the Florida-hailing pop-punk quartet back to town in support of their 2017 full-length, Makes Me Sick, with like-minded acts Bayside, The Movielife, and former Yellowcard frontman William Ryan Key rounding out the proceedings.
7 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $22.50-27
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