Thursday, June 13
Richmond Fontaine, Ian Moore
[LOCAL GOLD] Were there a naturalization test for new Portlanders, at least one Richmond Fontaine question would make the Scantron test. Perhaps: âIs Richmond Fontaine A) One of the tightest and most face-melting groups in Portland, B) Fronted by arguably the best lyricist in the city, C) An alt-country institution coming up on its 20th anniversary or D) All of the above.â (Psst, itâs D.) While a small cabal of die-hard local fansâand a few curious followers of frontman Willy Vlautinâs excellent novelsâalways come out in support, the reception at home pales to the crowds that swell to see the band in Europe. Just back from a quick jaunt to Ireland and Norway, Richmond Fontaine will happily play an inspiring set of ludicrously well-written story-songs about hard-luck gamblers and recovering alcoholics at Danteâs whether the club is loaded or hollow. But I cannot think of a Portland group that more deserves a packed house. Make it so. CASEY JARMAN. Dante's, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $8. 21+.
Pelican Ossman, Montgomery Word, Dramady
[BEDROOM TAPES] Skeletal, lo-fi, vaguely in tune yet oddly affecting, Pelican Ossman is Dan and Virginia Currin, armed with little more than guitar, drums and "weird samples." Tonight, the duo, who's been kicking around Portland the last few years and is just now getting back from a lengthy hiatus, celebrates the release of a new tape, Quarantine, whose 10 songs range from sparer-than-spare indie-pop to cheapo bedroom cumbia. It's all pretty rad. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. Call venue for ticket information. 21+.
[ELECTRO CROWDED HOUSE] New Zealand lads nearly young enough to have grown up around dubstep, Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner's pubescent digital tinkering led to massive YouTube successes, even establishing an apparent Kiwi record with combined plays reportedly topping nine figures, after the duo essentially announced themselves to the world via the majestic tingle of their signature bass-drop off heavily remixed Afrobeat combo Freshlyground's "Sierra Leone." Since releasing 2010 EP Meds, Mt. Eden has officially put out only a newly reimagined version of "Sierra Leone" and recent floor-filler "Airwalker"—the lead single from this summer's debut full length, No Man's Land, blending skittering club beats, orchestral strings, and Annie Lennox-a-like vocals from Diva Ice for urgent, widescreen effect—but a towering word-of-web reputation for inventive live shows should draw the dance hordes nonetheless. JAY HORTON. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7 pm. $15 advance, $25 day of show. 16+.
Friday, June 14
Before the Eyewall
[INSTRUMENTAL DOOM METAL] While you weren't looking, a small section of Interstate 70 between Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, became a burgeoning microcosm for metalheads who prefer their guitars tuned low and their tempos clocking in between "glacial" and "impending catastrophe." Columbus' Before the Eyewall constructs slow-burning psych-doom dirges that teeter between triumphant guitar heroics and bludgeoning shards of low-end, making its self-titled debut the perfect backdrop for that recurring nightmare I have about being chased across the Badlands by a roving pack of mutants straight out of a Cormac McCarthy novel. Fans of Earth, Isis, Russian Circles and Godflesh will be hypnotized within minutes. PETE COTTELL. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238-0543. 9 pm. Call venue for ticket information. 21+.
Gathering of the Goof Punx
[ANTI-WARPED] Warped Tour got you down? Bummed about the utter corporatization of punk culture? Three days of the DIYest of DIY bands should help cure those blues. The annual Gathering of the Goof Punx brings together punks with a capital P. We can almost guarantee none of these bands have ever stepped foot inside a mall, and that if you weren't already planning on going, you've probably never heard of any of 'em. Multiple venues. See gatheringofthegoofpunx.tumblr.com for a complete schedule. Through Sunday, June 16. All ages.
Saturday, June 15
The Best of Arya Show
[FAREWELL] Booker, OPB radio host and all-around man-about-town Arya Imig is leaving his post pulling in talent at Backspace, and the club is throwing him one hell of a retirement party, featuring post-punks the Estranged, young power-poppers Your Rival, atmospheric folkies Holiday Friends and self-described "typical white guy indie rockers" Awkward Energy. Hopefully this retirement goes better than others. Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave., 248-2900. 8 pm. $6. All ages.
Acorn Project, Dark Matter Transfer
[ELECTRO-FUNK] Formed in a basement, like so many other bands, Bellingham's Acorn Project has grown from an experimental jam duo into a six-piece rock group that still heavily maintains its original jamming tendencies. The sextet mixes funky basslines, distorted saxophone and bright flourishes of keys and electric guitar with sprawling instrumental solos and rock progressions. The sound isn't entirely unfamiliar, but makes for easy listening, appealing to fans of classic rock, progressive jazz and funk all at once. KAITIE TODD. Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark St., 503-239-9292. 9 pm. $8. 21+.
Sunday, June 16
The Gospel According to Alaska Thunderfuck
[DRAG PARTY] From her Web site: "A bizarre cosmic collision propelled Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 to Earth in March 1966… and on to the fifth season of Logo TV's RuPaul's Drag Race in January 2013. Still radioactive, no one knows who or what she is yet, but no one cares, as long as she never returns to her native planet." Well, that's pretty much all you need to know, other than the fact that she's recorded a couple incompetent electro club jams about shoes and trannies. Something tells me that's beside the point, though. Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. 7 pm. $10. 21+.
[STANDARDS] This is your grandparents' popular music. At 86, Bennett is at the age where he's probably forgetting more than his heart back in San Francisco, but the dude reached American Treasure status, like, four decades ago. As long as he lets some younger folks win a few Grammys, we're cool with him. Plus, we'll never forget that time he presented a VMA with Anthony Kiedis and Flea. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, 669-8610. 6:30 pm. $51 advance, $53 day of show. Reserved seating is $109 advance, $113 day of show. All ages.