Shabazz Palaces, Stas THEE Boss
Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire of Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces are masters of abstract texture and otherworldly sonic drift. On 2017’s Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines, Butler trips through a world that has mistaken the map for the territory. When this strange dream of a universe clarifies and coheres, Butler can flip the modern nightmare into something sublime. CHRIS STAMM
9 pm, Doug Fir, $20
Hop Along, Thin Lips
Hop Along dropped their fourth studio album Bark Your Head Off, Dog in April, and it delivers more of what fans have come to love about the Philadelphia indie rock titans: big hooks, lyrics that cut to the emotional core, and Frances Quinlan’s shapeshifting vocals, with the folksy addition of strings warming up the edges of the band’s heart-swelling anthems.
9 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $16-20, all ages
Stumptown Improv Festival
Stumptown Improv Festival is one of Portland’s best comedy festivals (maybe the best, but we don’t compare Hattori Hanzō swords). I’m continually impressed by the way the Stumptown team ups the ante each year, while keeping the energy high and their hearts pure. Celebrating its fifth year, Stumptown’s lineup looks appropriately awesome with the ridiculously good troupe White Women making their way up from LA and NY hip-hop group North Coast doing their own version of improv Hamilton (whaaat?). SUZETTE SMITH
Fri-Sun, Artists Repertory Theatre, click here for scheduled performances, $15-110
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.
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
8 pm, Beacon Sound, free
Jenn Champion, My Body, Briana Marela
Last month, Jenn Champion (the musician formerly known as S) dropped her new record Single Rider, which she wanted to be “a cross between Drake and Billy Joel.” Thankfully, it’s not—instead, Champion makes a screeching left turn away from the introspective pop-punk of S to turn her attention toward smooth, glimmering synth-pop made in collaboration with Seattle producer SYML. With echoing drum machine beats, airy vocals, and simple yet straightforward lyrics about the blurred line between infatuation and love, the album’s 13 tracks conjure strobe-lit dancefloors and drives along the coast at sunset with the windows down (especially standouts like “O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)” and “The Move”). CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $12-14
Mondo Trasho: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The last great (ish) thing Terry Gilliam ever did, his adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo travelogue is probably the closest anyone ever got to lifting the lid on Thompson's dome and accurately portraying the nest of writhing, hyper-aggressive lizards screaming, shitting, and fucking behind his eyeballs. It's also one of the few movies about being fundamentally altered that works best while seen stone sober. Sure, people love getting ripped out of their fucking gourd and putting on the Johnny and Benicio show (btw: this is also probably the last great thing Depp ever did, too), but the real power of Gilliam's work is in how he manages to translate the feeling of Hunter's astronomical fucked-upitude to utterly straight, square minds. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
Beach House, Sound of Ceres
Since Victoria LeGrand first sang about “heartbreak and ponytails” over Alex Scally’s bewitching guitar tones on Beach House’s 2006 debut, the Baltimore duo has proven themselves to be masters of a new kind of woozy dream-pop. It hasn’t evolved too much since then, but that’s a good thing—the band’s new album 7 more or less follows the same formula, with warped electro-pop melodies floating behind LeGrand’s voice, which somehow always seems detached but intense.
8 pm, Keller Auditorium, $27.50-35, all ages
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
9 pm, Tonic Lounge, $7-10
High on the Hog
A cannabis-themed outdoor all-you-can-eat pig-roast as presented by Paley's Place. What does "cannabis-themed" mean in this case? Its not just a bunch of pot leaves everywhere. The pig they're roasting was raised on raw cannabis at Moto Perpetuo Farm, and the drinks by Coalition and Ablis are CBD-infused.
5 pm, Paley's Place, $85
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
The singer/songwriter and keyboardist known for his improvisational live performances returns to Revolution Hall with his backing band in tow.
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $42.50-45
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.
9 pm, XV, $7-10
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