WEDNESDAY MAY 28
[BOOKS ] Elizabeth Warren is like an electable Ralph Nadar, championing consumers and the middle class in her new book, A Fighting Chance. The senior senator from Massachusetts is arguably the most important progressive politician of our era and sheâs coming toâ¦wait, Beaverton? Powellâs Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.
THURSDAY MAY 29
[MUSIC] If the Presidents of the United States of America started a sludge-metal side project, it might sound like this brotherly duo, which blends muddy low end and catchy, poppy, alt-rock vocals with hooks thatâll stay in your head days after your ears stop ringing. Bunk Bar,
1028 SE Water Ave., 328-2865. 10 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
FRIDAY MAY 30
[MUSIC] The U.K. producerâs harsh, minimalist aesthetic helped make Yeezus last yearâs most polarizing masterpiece, and Kanyeâs already tapped him to assist with the follow-up. On his own booming productions, the former Josh Leary deploys massive slabs of earth-shattering industrial bass that fight with distant gunshots and icy synth squiggles. Hopefully Rotture has reinforced its sound system. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
[COMEDY] The phenomenal comicâ recognizable by her side mullet and omnipresent jean jacket and, oh yeah, her super-smart but conversational style of standupâis recording her second comedy album tonight, and the price of admission is likely to be less than the record will cost upon its release. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 7:30 and 10:30 pm. $5. 21+.
[HISTORY] Back in 1984âthe time of Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana, when there was U2 and Blondie and music still on MTVâthe then-fledgling Oregon Historical Society buried a time capsule in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Now, they open it. Dibs on the mint edition of Paperboy. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. 10:30 am.
TUESDAY JUNE 3
[MUSIC] In between sessions supporting the likes of Bill Callahan and Joanna Newsom, the Portland drummer records impressionistic albums combining spoken word with solo percussion. His new self-titled release begins with Morganâs unaccompanied voice and ends with him talking only through his trap kit. Itâs a challenging record that, much like an elaborate painting, demands you pay attention to the details. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8:30 pm. $6. 21+.