King Khan and the Shrines @ Dante’s (MusicfestNW, 9/6)
This was the only time I’ve ever felt like hurrying toward Dante’s. What made this show killer was the pure inhibition that the Shrines forced out of their diverse crowd: An older man high-fives a skater tot and nearly drops his wife dangling from his arm. 
Grandparents, Support Force, Pigeons @ Rontoms (3/01)
Support Force’s sharp maturity followed by Grandparents’ hazy don’t-give-a-hootery—that’s a good-ass ear meal. 
Jason Lytle @ Al’s Den (4/29)
I was raised on skateboards and Grandaddy. Naturally, I wish Jason Lytle was my dad. This show was intimate, gentle and heart-groping. 
Death Songs, Sun Angle @ PALS Clubhouse (Word of Mouth House Show Festival, 7/05) 
Papi Fimbres from Sun Angle got me really stoned before the show. Every WOM Fest show was magical. Sun Angle out-trips the lifers and Death Songs digs everything deeper than the longest fire-pit talks PALS might regularly host.
Illmaculate @ Refuge (PDX Pop Now!, 7/21)
It’s true that hip-hop can suck live, but Illmac hammered out one of the best Portland hip-hop shows I’ve ever seen. Pure energy and community. It also didn’t hurt to see Tope casually, and sort of hilariously, snacking on some cereal in the back corner of the stage as this show popped off massive. 
SEE IT: And And And plays Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., with the We Shared Milk and Pictorials, on Thursday, Dec. 27. 9:30 pm. Free. 21+.