Want to see some live music tonight? Here are your best options, curated by the Willamette Week music staff.
SUNDAY, OCT. 11
PDX Legends of Hip-Hop
[PDX RAP THEN] While the announcement of Portland's first-ever official Hip-Hop Day splintered the local hip-hop community, this celebration of 30 years of rap in the Rose City is certainly something everyone can get behind. The list of acts slated to perform is like a mid-sized festival, but the highlight is '80s pop-rap troupe the U-Krew, maybe the only local rap group to perform on Soul Train. Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash St. 6:30 pm $5. 21+.
The Districts, Sun Club
[TEEN DREAM] The story behind the Districts isn't unique. Young frontman Rob Grote and company grew up in small town Pennsylvania, formed a cover band in high school and ended up getting signed before college even started. Those teenage experiences—encounters with prepubescent jocks, off-the-cuff drinks, post-graduation uncertainty—lend themselves well to the group's sophomore release, A Flourish and a Spoil. The ragged, languorous record builds on Grote's dense inflections and the full-blooded approach to the band's live sound, with a thick array of guitars for guidance and more insight than any 20-year-old probably ought to have. BRANDON WIDDER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $13. 21+.
Ear Candy 2 Year Anniversary Party: Vinnie Dewayne, Wl, Blackwitch Pudding, Big Haunt
[MERC PERKS] Yeah, it's sponsored by the Portland Mercury, but in this case, game recognize game. The free monthly local music showcase celebrates two years with a bill bringing together the hip-hop, metal, shoegaze and indie-folk scenes—eclecticism promoters should aim for more often around here. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 8 pm. Free. 21+.
Radioactivity, Low Culture, Divers
[TEXAS PUNK] A spinoff of several revered Texas punk bands, the Marked Men, Radioactivity have a sound that'll be familiar to anyone who has listened to basically anything else on the band's label, the Portland-based Dirtnap Records—that is, buzzsaw-fast, heart-on-sleeve melodic and totally fucking awesome. Panic Room, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd. 9 pm. $8. 21+.