Wednesday, May 22
Akron/Family, Avi Buffalo, M. Geddes Gengras
[PSYCH YOUR MIND] Akron/Family actually has more ties to Portland than the city in Ohio—drummer Dana Janssen is a Rose City transplant—but no matter: The band's new, senses shredding psychedelic opus Sub Verses, like much of the group's output, doesn't have roots in any particular place other than deep in the human subconscious. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
Thursday, May 23
Sea Wolf, Savoir Adore
[FOLKSY INTIMACY] Alex Brown Church, aka Sea Wolf, probably yawned at the thought of incorporating more strings on his third record, Old World Romance. Instead, the indie-folk musician—best-known for his natural romantic outpourings and chamber-pop contribution to the soundtrack of one of the Twilight movies—chose to tread the lonesome path of his ambitious solo beginnings, relying this time on dreamy textures and electronic rhythms crafted in his home studio in California. The band’s latest album and live performances only add to the intimacy and vulnerability of Church’s voice, as if he polished a Bright Eyes or early Death Cab record before overlaying the music with his own blend of atmostpheric harmonies and lush acoustic arrangements. BRANDON WIDDER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.
[BLOWN AMPS] If John Mayer got the shit kicked out of him in a bar parking lot by a biker gang, he might sound a little like Jordan Cook’s Reignwolf. That’s no knock on Canadian-born, Seattle-based Cook, who plays a potent batch of dirty blues and power rock with so much gusto you begin to worry about the wear and tear on his equipment. Often seen playing kick drum and guitar simultaneously, Cook second-guesses nothing, playing fiery, Bayou-esque rock ’n’ roll with a chip on his shoulder. Stand back, or you’re gonna get hurt. MARK STOCK. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $10 advance, $13 day of show. All ages.
Bob Dylan's 72nd Birthday Extravaganza: Portland Country Underground, Kory Quinn, Little Sue, Marissa Anderson, Lewi Longmire, Jim Brunberg, Ezza Rose, Brad Parsons, Santi Holley, Will West, David Lipkind, Scott Law, Joe McMurrian, Simon Tucker, Michael Sheridan, Boy & Bean, Suzanne Tufan, Amanda Breese, Ashleigh Flynn, WC Beck, Hunter Paye
[HAPPY BIRTHDAY] What do you get the man who has everything, including a thousand telephones that don't ring? Eh, probably best to just play a bunch of his songs. Luckily, this lineup of Portland folk's finest can do 'em justice. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8 pm. $10. 21+.
Friday, May 24
[FUNKY WORLD PARTY] The multi-culti L.A. protest party starters' last record was a kids album, which sort of says all you need to know about where the band is at 15 years into career. Aladdin Theater, SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $25. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
Lewi Longmire, the James Low Western Front, Michael Hurley
[TRAVELING MAN] Longmire is one of Portland's great sidemen—his resume includes, but is not limited to, stints playing alongside Michael Hurley, AgesandAges, Laura Veirs, Fernando Viciconte, Casey Neill, Jackie-O Motherfucker and the Minus 5—but he's also a ripping, rootsy songwriter in his own right. Tonight, he and his band, the Left Coast Roasters, celebrate the release of a new seven-inch single, "Live with Love," the first in a series of singles to be recorded live in various studios with different producers across Portland. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $7. 21+.
Atlas Genius, the Postelles, the Colourist
[PROPULSIVE POP ROCK] Australia’s Atlas Genius makes the sort of music that goes well on iPod workout mixes, and you can be damn sure the band would have made its way onto a few cassette mixtapes back when those were in vogue. That’s not to say the band makes pumped-up rock tracks or that everything is super lovey-dovey, either. There is just something magical about the ebullient tracks. The sun-drenched guitars and warm melodies certainly have a calming effect, but at the same time, the swelling vocals and ethereal atmospherics propel you into something epic. It’s a tricky balancing act that’s catchy as hell. Not bad for a band that only wrote its first original song about 18 months ago. BRIAN PALMER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. $11 advance, $12 day of show. All ages.
Saturday, May 25
[HIP-HOP] They don't call him the Godfather of Hip-Hop for nothing. Terrance "Cool Nutz" Scott has worked to earn that title with his tough, street-smart (and, occasionally, absurdly funny) rhymes and a direct, no-bullshit delivery. Bars, his 11th full-length album, dropped earlier this month, just a few months after his last. Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash St., 226-0430. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
Sunday, May 26
Tame Impala, Jonathan Wilson
[AUSSIE ACID ROCK] There’s a scene in season five of Mad Men where Jon Hamm puts the Beatles’ 1966 classic Revolver on the record player, only to lift the needle mere seconds into “Tomorrow Never Knows.” A similar wave of fuzz-caked psychedelia and phased-out pop prowess completely engulfs Tame Impala’s sophomore record, Lonerism. Frontman Kevin Parker’s sweeping, Lennon-esque vocals go hand-in-hand with the album’s atmospheric synths and propulsive swath of late ’60s-inspired rock, anchored by existential themes and invigorated by the spacey electronic textures of tomorrow. Hell, you don’t even have to be high to see the colors—it just takes a drop of the needle. BRANDON WIDDER. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. Sold out.
Fitz and the Tantrums, Little Hurricane, Michael Kiwanuka, Milo Greene
[BEYOND PASTICHE] There was a time when saxophonists, not guitarists, were the ruling soloists of modern music. Fitz and the Tantrums vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick knows it. Although he wasn’t born until 1970, it hasn’t stopped him and the rest of the L.A. outfit from tapping into the sound of Motown and the vintage R&B the neo-soul sextet grew up listening to. The band’s second LP, More Than Just a Dream, doesn’t quite shine with the luscious organ-sax combo that carried the melodies on the band’s retro debut, opting instead for hip-hop beats and new wave panache. The catchy pop hooks and eclectic sound are still there, though, propped up by a sonic backbone reminiscent of another time. BRANDON WIDDER. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway between Southwest Harrison and Northwest Glisan streets, as part of the Portland Rose Festival. 6 pm. $25. All ages.