WEDNESDAY JUNE 18
[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 wonât be âa crappy version of James Taylor or a half-assed version of Woody Guthrie.â Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez, 233-7100. 7 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
THURSDAY JUNE 19
BIKE PLAYâS 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-weeâs 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 21
[MUSIC] Since the release of fifth album Attica!, the Cincinnati quartetâs 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 Christgauâs Lou Reed farewell. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
MONDAY JUNE 23
[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 worksâand heâs only 27. His standup is laid-back but sharp, and heâs as comfortable riffing on Chick fil-Aâs 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 24
[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. Powellâs 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 bandâs tweaked take on vintage rock ânâ 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.