If you haven’t been making time to laugh and, you know, enjoy life, then a great way to get started is with Minority Retort—Portland’s popular comedy show with a very necessary POC viewpoint. Hosted by Jason Lamb, Julia Ramos, and Neeraj Srinivasan, this very special edition will feature hilarious comics James Barela, Lance Edward, Seattle’s Aisha Faroud, as well as headliner Yedoye Travis who appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Fest, the Montreal Just for Laughs fest, and opened for W. Kamau Bell. Mark my words; you will like him and this entire show! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
8 pm, Siren Theater, $10
2018 Risk/Reward Festival
Risk/Reward is like an appetizer plate of Pacific Northwest performance artists. You’ve got your new dances. You’ve got your audience interaction. You’ve got a looping, interactive sound installation in the lobby this year. It’s so cool! And if anything isn’t, the festival is built around performances of 20 minutes or less. You’re bound to come out of the experience having seen at least one new artist whose work intrigues you, and at pay-what-you-will ticket prices the risk is very low on your part.
Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 5 pm, Artists Repertory Theater
Boytoy plays the kind of smoky rock ’n’ roll that sounds like an impossible dream collaboration between Vivian Girls and the Cramps. The Brooklyn band’s new album Night Leaf is full of fuzzy harmonies, jangly surf guitar riffs, psychedelic organ tones, unexpected bongos, and lyrics about the usual suspects: love, loneliness, desire, and rage. CIARA DOLAN
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $12-14
Fire Nuns, S.M. Wolf, Rilla, Tallwomen
Indianapolis-based quintet S.M. Wolf bring their psych-tinged power-pop down to Kelly's for the Portland stop on a tour supporting their new full-length, Bad Ocean. Locals Fire Nuns, Rilla, and Tallwomen round out the proceedings with an array of glam rock, indie pop, and hardcore punk.
9 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $7
Here Lies Man, Blackwater Holylight, The Shivas
Typically, heavy rock ’n’ roll can’t move too far in one direction, lest it lose too much of the heaviness. With their 2017 self-titled debut and recent follow-up You Will Know Nothing, Los Angeles’ Here Lies Man might have accomplished a major Darwinian shift for heavy riffage. Their unique style and press release begs the question, “What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat?” Weighted, blues-based guitar riffs abound on You Will Know Nothing, but they run over bouncy rhythms and hand drums that feel ceremonious, or even ritualistic. The vocals and their delivery are also repetitive and chant-like. Throw in some trippy keys and other psych elements, and Here Lies Man will have you dropping all your inhibitions and dancing your way into a sweaty religious experience. ARIS HUNTER WALES
8 pm, Star Theater, $12
Wreckless Eric, Scott McCaughey
Emerging from the original Stiff Records roster—a stable that also included Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, and Nick Lowe—Wreckless Eric has forged a similarly prolific, if not quite as commercially visible career. His magnum opus is the timeless punk anthem “Whole Wide World,” which was originally released on a Stiff sampler in 1977. Following his exit from Stiff, Eric formed a few bands, the most notable of which, Captains of Industry, released just one album before breaking up. His new record, Construction Time and Demolition, contains the sneering attitude and innate power-pop songcraft that made his earlier work so delightfully vibrant, as he experiments in raucous pop-rock ragers, contemplative garage-rock, and psych dissonance. Opening tonight’s show: the legendary Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, and the Baseball Project. RYAN J. PRADO
8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $12
Middle Kids, Duncan Fellows
Middle Kids’ brand-new debut LP Lost Friends kind of sounds like Mitski became an honorary Haim sister. Elton John loves it! And for good reason—between throbbing electric guitar riffs, Fleetwood Mac-style layered harmonies, sucker-punch drums, and frontwoman Hannah Joy’s powerhouse voice, which sometimes cracks with the intensity of her emotions, the Australian band is clearly onto something. It’s not necessarily extraordinary, but standout tracks like “On My Knees” show that Lost Friends isn’t your average indie rock debut. CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15
Screeching Weasel, The Mr. T Experience
Helmed for the last 30 years by formidable songwriter Dr. Frank, Berkeley legends the Mr. T Experience are still one of the more overlooked acts of the 1980s and ’90s Bay Area punk explosion. Forged in the bowels of venues like 924 Gilman St. alongside bands like Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Jawbreaker, the Mr. T Experience broke through strictly the local scene with their 1988 sophomore release Night Shift at the Thrill Factory. Their 1992 LP Milk Milk Lemonade remains a bona fide punk classic, and probably the band’s best-known release. Following numerous lineup changes and multiple albums on Lookout! Records, Dr. Frank began writing books, the first and third of which helped outline the band’s most recent record, 2017’s King Dork Approximately: The Album. Chicago punk legends Screeching Weasel (which is now essentially just frontman Ben Weasel) might be the headliners tonight, but the question must be asked: Are you experienced? RYAN J. PRADO
9 pm, Dante's, $30
The Portland Mercury's Wing Week
This weekend represents your last chance to get in on the saucy, spicy goodness that is 2018's Wing Week! We've teamed up with Jim Beam, Tsingtao, and nearly 30 of Portland’s favorite wing spots for one hell of a deal: six one-of-a-kind chicken wings for only $5! Featuring wings that range from spicy to savory, and taking place at great restaurants and bars all over town, the Portland Mercury’s Wing Week isn’t to be missed.
Various Locations, see our Wing Week calendar for participating venues
IRL Reading Series
Volume three of the IRL Reading Series sets up shop for at ADX for a late June evening of readings from Gary Gamza, Mamie Stevenson, Aubrey Gates King, Katie Nguyen, and Izzy Ferguson.
7 pm, Art Market PDX
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!