WEDNESDAY JUNE 18KING BUZZO
[MUSIC] What to expect from an unplugged set by the leader of the Melvins, one of the loudest, sludgiest bands ever? Beats us, though Buzzo promises it wonâ€™t be â€śa crappy version of James Taylor or a half-assed version of Woody Guthrie.â€ť Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez, 233-7100. 7 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
THURSDAY JUNE 19BIKE PLAYâ€™S BIG ADVENTURE
[THEATER] As part of Pedalpalooza, the Working Theatre Collective stages its sixth annual bike play, a reliably amusing theatrical romp in which attendees pedal from one location to the next as the action unfolds. This year, inspired by Pee-weeâ€™s Big Adventure, the troupe rides around NoPo in search of a filched bike. Keep your helmeted head on a swivel. Peninsula Park, North Ainsworth Street and Albina Avenue. 7 pm. Free.
SATURDAY JUNE 21WUSSY
[MUSIC] Since the release of fifth album Attica!, the Cincinnati quartetâ€™s hardscrabble, countrified guitar-pop has been lauded by tastemakers and glowingly namechecked in the unlikeliest venues, including the Los Angeles Review of Books and Robert Christgauâ€™s Lou Reed farewell. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
MONDAY JUNE 23JERROD CARMICHAEL
[COMEDY] Carmichael is one of the quickest rising comedians in the biz. His forthcoming hourlong HBO special was directed by Spike Lee, he was in Neighbors with Seth Rogen and he has an NBC pilot in the worksâ€”and heâ€™s only 27. His standup is laid-back but sharp, and heâ€™s as comfortable riffing on Chick fil-Aâ€™s gay-marriage controversy or joking about being too poor to rob a bank. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 8:30 pm. $10.
TUESDAY JUNE 24BRIAN BENSON
[BOOKS] Lots of people dream about cycling across the country. Portlander Brian Benson actually did it (well, from Wisconsin to Oregon). He recounts that experience in his memoir, Going Somewhere. Powellâ€™s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
SHANNON & THE CLAMS
[MUSIC] Blending psychedelia, punk and the timelessness of the Muppets, the Clams always have something kitschy up their sleeves. The bandâ€™s tweaked take on vintage rock â€™nâ€™ roll is always delivered with raw emotion and fierce dedication. Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th Ave., 971-229-1455. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 at the door. All ages.