WEDNESDAY AUG. 21
[MUSIC] Serving as an effective encapsulation of some of the best ideas coming out of L.A.âs underground punk scene in the past five years, this basement-dwelling duo marries reckless hardcore tunecraft with left-coast pop vibes and murky noise loops to dizzying effect. Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave., 248-2900. 7:30 pm. $14. All ages.
THURSDAY AUG. 22
[EXPERIMENTAL COMICS] Celebrating the realm of the narrative arts and its experimental fringesâcomics, animation, book-making, wig-making?âthe Projects aims to explore the creative process and the idiosyncrasies of inspiration and expression. The four-day festival, held at a variety of venues, includes exhibitions, performances, workshops, panels and collaborative projects. Multiple venues and times, see theprojectspdx.tumblr.com for full schedule. Free.
FRIDAY AUG. 23
THE BREW HAHA
[COMEDY] Because standup is almost always improved by freely flowing booze, a cadre of Portland and L.A. comediansâincluding Shane Torres, Kristine Levine and Rick Woodâhave teamed up for a backyard comedy show-cum-drinking game. Only the audience knows how the game works, but whenever a comic breaks one of the rules, a light signals that itâs time for everybody to drink. Drinks provided, so take the bus. Going House, 4752 NE Going St., 603-770-7235. 9 pm $5 suggested. 21+.
[LIVE FILM SCORE] Akira Kurosawaâs hallucinogenic masterpiece gets a live score from eight experimental musiciansâincluding Skyler Norwoodâs new Pontianak project, K Recordsâ Ruby Fray and Bud Wilson of Aanâwhile playing on an outdoor screen. The Mad Haus, 3737 SE Madison St. 9 pm. Free.
STONES THROW SOUL TOUR
[MUSIC] L.A.âs Stones Throw Records is known for its roster of crate-digging rappers and producers, but this tour showcases its growing cadre of neo-soulsters, including vocal duo Myron & E, psychedelic R&B trio the Stepkids and a DJ set from new-school boogie master Dam-Funk. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
SATURDAY AUG. 24
â80S POST BINGO
[BINGO] This is bingo for your uncle with the cocaine problem, not your grandma. Win a Rubikâs Cube, a Swatch Watch and who knows what elseâa vile of Anthony Michael Hallâs tears? ALF?âat this New Wave-themed battle of the boxes. Stick around for the Prince-intensive dance party. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8 pm. Free until 10:30 pm, $5 after.