KBOO's 50th Birthday Block Party
KBOO Community Radio celebrates its 50th Birthday with an all-day block party, with food, drinks, speakers, radio station tours, and giveaways, along with live music from Mic Crenshaw, Deena Bee, Rich Hunter, Ayatollah Beats, King Tim 33 1/3, Burial Ground Sound, Los Supremos de los Hermanos Flores, The Stops, Bottleneck Blues Band, Zahira & Rising Buffalo Tribe, Grateful Buds, and Julie & The WayVes.
Fri noon, KBOO Radio, free
Corrina Repp, Luke Wyland
xIt took an ill-fated cross-country migration, a nomadic songwriting regimen in northern France, Los Angeles, and Louisville, Kentucky, and some intense introspection for Corrina Repp to come to terms with the pitfalls of failed romance. And on her fifth solo album, How a Fantasy Will Kills Us All, she bares the soul she took along for that journey. Engineered by Danny Seim of Menomena, the record bends and moans in all the right ways, utilizing loop-laced soundscapes as the bedrock for Repp’s beautifully resonant lyrics. With tinges of experimental folk and art-pop, grizzled ambient layers permeate the fringes of songs like “Need You/Don’t Need You” and the cathartic title track. Shades of Repp’s brilliant collaborative work with Joe Haege in the yesteryear Portland project Tu Fawning abound—a creative palette that suits Repp’s brooding lo-fi psych well. Rejoice in tonight’s record release show as Repp performs solo in the cozy confines of Beacon Sound. RYAN J. PRADO
Fri 8 pm, Beacon Sound, free
Summer Cannibals, Mini Blinds
Summer Cannibals have been living proof of the greatness of Portland’s indie rock scene since releasing their 2013 debut No Makeup. The band has grown into their moody rock ’n’ roll sound on two full-lengths released on their own record label, and another on iconic Portland label Kill Rock Stars. Summer Cannibals’ unapologetic, empowered lyrics, fuzzed-out guitar riffs, and power-pop hooks will get stuck in your head all day. DELANEY MOTTER
Sat 5 pm, Green Noise Records, free, all ages
XRAY.FM's Heatwave: And And And, Plastic Cactus, Miss Rayon, Just Pretend, Natasha Kmeto, DJ Chanti Darling, House of Ada
The local radio station takes over the White Owl Social Club with an all-day mini-festival, featuring music from live bands and DJs, an XRAY-curated record fair with wax from an array of local shops, summer drink specials, food, and a pop-up photobooth.
Sun 2 pm, White Owl Social Club, $5-10
Bizarre Love Triangle: '80s New Wave & Synth Pop
DJs Gregarious, The Art of Hot, and Narcissus My Reflection dig into their crates and pull out only the finest in new wave and synth pop for your listening pleasure. Hosted by Anna Jenkins.
Sat 9 pm, The Liquor Store, $6
Spec Script: Entourage
I know little to nothing about the TV show Entourage. (It’s about leisure suits, right?) And I’m looking forward to knowing even less about it thanks to this month’s Spec Script reading, where a local comedian (in this case the super-funny Laura Anne Whitley) pens a script for an episode of a show they have never seen. Is John Stamos on Entourage? It sort of doesn’t matter. What matters is who Whitley THINKS is on Entourage. Minority Retort’s Julia Ramos and many hilarious others help table read the glorious creation. SUZETTE SMITH
Sun 7 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $7
Usnea, Amarok, Hell
Over the past couple of years, Usnea’s sound has progressed into an introspective realm while preserving their signature downcast dissonance, a supreme sonic representation of the blight of modern humanity. CERVANTE POPE
Fri 9 pm, Tonic Lounge, $7-10
8th Annual Independence Bollywood Dance Party
Jai Ho knows how to throw down, and the 8th anniversary of their Independence Bollywood Party celebrating India and Pakistan's freedom is going to be one of the grandest examples of the positive party vibes they're known for.
Fri 9 pm, XV, $7-10
Lavender Country, Jenny Don't & the Spurs, Soft Butch
Country music is still overwhelmingly heterosexual, even with the success of openly gay acts like Little Bandit and Brandy Clark. Forty-five years ago, the situation was even worse, with the Nashville establishment opening their minds just enough to allow an African American artist Charley Pride through the gates. Stepping out of the closet and onstage at the Grand Ole Opry? That would have been a death sentence. That’s what makes the lone album by Seattle outfit Lavender Country such a remarkable outlier. Released initially as a private press LP in 1973, it was the first gay country album ever, beating out Peter Grudzien’s The Unicorn by a year. But where Grudzien’s work was steeped in the psych-folk underground of his New York home, led by singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty, Lavender Country attempted to keep up with the sleepy honky tonk balladry and jumped-up boot-stompers of the time. Even though the band played shows up and down the West Coast, Lavender Country didn’t make a dent in the cultural consciousness of the time. Haggerty hung up his spurs for the next four decades, concentrating on activism and raising a family. The project has finally gotten its due in recent years, thanks to a reissue of the album by North Carolina label Paradise of Bachelors, which has inspired Haggerty to dust off his guitar and cowboy hat and play shows around the US. The messages in the music sadly still resonate to a modern audience, but they no longer have to be delivered from the shadows. ROBERT HAM
Sat 9 pm, The Fixin' To, $10
That's What She Said: Emotional Labor Day
What better way to celebrate summer than to enjoy some brilliant comedy by feminist comedy collective, That’s What She Said. Hear from Dannie Rae Cannon, Samhita Reddy, Shannon Sales, and Katie Piatt amongst others and rest easy knowing your dollars are going directly to a local nonprofit serving immigrants and refugees.
Sat 7 pm, Siren Theater, $10
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!