WEDNESDAY JULY 10
[GARAGE ROCK] The reunion of these Memphis garage heroes seemed inevitable, given that members of the band, which broke up in 1998, havenât spent much time away from one another, playing in spinoff projects together and releasing records on each otherâs labels. The trioâs reconciliation is no less welcome, though, and the recently released Desperation brings a well-earned maturity to the groupâs no-frills, shimmy-shake garage punk. Danteâs, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $13. 21+.
FRIDAY JULY 12
BACH: B MINOR MASS
[CLASSICAL] The B Minor Mass was J.S. Bachâs final major work. It was completed a year before his death in 1750 and not performed until after heâd passed. Thanks to the original scoreâs many illegible passages, itâs been theorized that he composed it after heâd gone blind. Lucky for Portland, tonightâs performance is being authoritatively conducted by outgoing Oregon Bach Festival co-founder Helmuth Rilling, who chose this presentation to serve as his own finale. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm. $29-$78. All ages.
[INDIE ROCK] Ten years have gone by since the Texas band released its weird, wonderful Sub Pop debut. Youâd expect Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, which appeared in May, to sound either tossed off or terribly belabored. Instead, itâs a meticulous album, expanding on the Generalsâ bent, indie-rock-damaged vision of Americana, while simultaneously sounding like it just plopped out of frontman Chris Flemmonsâ head one day. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
SATURDAY JULY 13
SMOKED BEER FEST
[BEER] Last week, when 19 Arizona firefighters died in a wildfire, Portland Brewingâs Smoked Beer Brew Fest took on new gravity. Sure, itâs mostly just a chance to try beers made with smoky malts, including Base Campâs Rauch the Boat and Hopworksâ smoked Weizen with hazelnuts and bacon. But itâs also a benefit for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Drink and enjoy, but pour a little out, too. Portland Brewing, 2730 NW 31st Ave., portlandbrewing.com. Noon-5 pm. $20.
SUNDAY JULY 14
[COMEDY] The seriously smart comedianâhe has a masterâs degree in human rights from the London School of Economics and incorporates jokes about immigration and race into his analytical but still very funny standupâlands in Portland for a one-night stint. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 7:30 pm. $12-$17. 21+.