WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
As the Black Lives Matter movement motivated hip-hop to form a united front, it especially touched veteran Atlanta rapper T.I. In recent years, the self-professed "King of the South" has developed a heretofore unseen social conscience, not only decrying police-sanctioned murder on his 2016 EP, Us or Else: Letter to the System, but participating in marches across the country. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. roselandpdx.com. 8 pm. $40. All ages.
Teva Harrison is no stranger to the Kafkaesque cruelty of cancer: She was only 37 years old when diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. In her heartbreaking graphic novel-memoir In-Between Days, Harrison interweaves short narrative and imaginative illustration as she plumbs the depths of painful present and uncertain future. Floating World Comics, 400 N Couch St., 503-241-0227. floatingworldcomics.com. 6 pm. Free.
THURSDAY, MAY 25
Formerly known for filling its drummerless void with wry lyrics about receiving cunnilingus while watching American Beauty, L.A. folk-punk duo Girlpool incorporates both drums and massive distortion on its latest album Powerplant, making its already impressive formula of knotty guitar interplay and perfect vocal harmonies even more powerful. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
Long Strange Trip
How long should the new documentary about the genre-defining jam band the Grateful Dead be? If you guessed "four hours," you got it right. For one night, Cinema 21 screens Amir Bar-Lev's deep dive into the career of the Dead and the mass movement they created before the film heads to Amazon Video on June 2. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 503-223-4515. cinema21.com. 7 pm. $8.50.
FRIDAY, MAY 26
Rose Festival Opening Fireworks
Portlanders are known to split hairs over when summer officially begins, but the fireworks display marking the start of the annual Rose Festival is as good a kickoff as any. It really doesn't get much more summery than posting up on the Hawthorne Bridge and clandestinely downing a Radler while a burst of colors explodes overhead. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, rosefestival.org. Fireworks start at 9:45 pm. Free. All ages.
Nate Bargatze could technically be called a "clean" comic, but the Maron writer doesn't overcompensate for the lack of curse words with disturbing subject matter, like others do. His material is dry in a way that makes anything ordinary deeply absurd—see his bit on the differences between Target and Kmart. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com. 8 pm. $15. 21+.
SATURDAY, MAY 27
What Was Sound
Skipping Sasquatch this year? Good idea. But if you're still jonesing to stand in a field watching bands play in broad daylight, What Was Sound should help ease any residual FOMO. This "casual" music festival brings indie-rockers DIIV, psych-folkies Woods and locals Bed and Sunbathe, among others, to the waterfront as part of the Portland Rose Festival. Best part? Not a single Twenty One Pilot anywhere! Tom McCall Waterfront Park, rosefestival.org/event/whatwassound. 2 pm. $28 advance, $32 day of show. All ages.
If you're tired of getting your request for Cypress Hill mysteriously moved to the bottom of the queue every night at Chopsticks, NW Cannabis Club has the event for you! Operating under the mantra, "Dab until it sounds right," expect a much warmer and hazier reception for all the reggae, bluegrass and Dead jams your wandering mind can muster. NW Cannabis Club, 1195 SE Powell Blvd., 503-206-4594, +nwcannabismarket.com. 9 pm. 21+.
SUNDAY, MAY 28
In the early '90s, Digable Planets were spiritual cousins of De La Soul, bringing an earthy, jazzbo soul to hip-hop. Last year, the trio got back together for a string of well-received reunion shows, and apparently had enough fun to keep rolling. But don't take this show for granted. With member Ishmael Butler's current project, Shabazz Palaces, preparing a new album, the opportunity to see one of the underrated acts of rap's golden age is fleeting. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0047, crystalballroompdx.com. 9 pm. $29.50 advance, $32 day of show. All ages.
You should know the story by now. In the '70s, Detroit songwriter Sixto Rodriguez released two albums of post-Dylan folk and then retired in obscurity, unaware that he'd somehow become a hero in South Africa. Since the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man revived his career, the 74-year-old has been in no rush to write new material, which is understandable. Why spoil the myth? Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 8 pm. $39-$65. All ages.
MONDAY, MAY 29
Australia's answer to U2, Midnight Oil began its career as hard-hitting pub-rockers before evolving into a hit-making, politically charged pop-rock phenomenon that's won every award its native country gives out. This 2017 reunion tour, which brings the band to the States for the first time in 20 years, sold out far in advance, but some venues have released extra tickets the day of the show in order to combat scalpers. So stay vigilant! Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. #110, 503-288-3895, revolutionhall.com. 7 pm. Sold out. 21+.
Memorial Day in Wine Country
Every Memorial Day, half the wine spots in the valley—plus many more in town—open up their wine larders for the public to roll in, get sauced and then take home a case of wine or three. For a full accounting of the many, many wineries allowing guests to roll through between Saturday and Monday, check willamettewines.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 30
Rigsketball Kickoff Show
And And And's annual basketball tournament, held wherever the onetime Best New Band winner parks the hoop affixed to its tour van, has become one of Portland's great D.I.Y. summertime traditions. Early registration for this year's tourney opens at tonight's show, which also features sets from Nasalrod, Deathlist and, of course, And And And, plus the premiere of a 30-minute highlight reel from the 2016 games. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 503-231-9663, dougfirlounge.com. 8:30 pm. 21+.
John Hurt stars in this totally fictional film about a man trying to survive in a brutal security state perpetually at war with unnamed, ever-shifting overseas enemies. Like we said, total fiction. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 503-223-4527, mcmenamins.com. 4 pm. $4.