Lovin’ and Listenin’

Wednesday, May 25

Old Crow Medicine Show
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
$15, 21+
If a jug band knocked you down and kicked you in the teeth, this is what it would sound like. Old Crow Medicine Show takes old time Appalachian music and twists it into a wall of nostalgic noise that quite simply kicks ass!

The Gossip
Berbati’s Pan, 231 S.W. Ankeny St.
$10, 21+
Beth Ditto and her punk-pop cronies, the Gossip, want to make you dance. So don’t just bob your head, dance, motherfucker!

Thursday, May 26

Pixies, The Bellrays
Roseland, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave.
$40, all ages
The Pixies are playing two shows? A B-sides and a greatest hits? It’s sad how far the mighty have fallen. Go home, Frank Black, and let us have our memories.

Morgan Grace, Dirty Lowdowns, Puma Frenzy, Pretty Monster
Dante’s, 1 S.W. Third Ave.
$5/$6, 21+
Portland’s rock mistress and PSU student celebrates the release of her second album at Dante’s. Grace rawks, so represent!

Friday, May 27

Pixies, The Bellrays
Roseland, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave.
$40, 21+
If you listen really closely you can hear Kim Deal snore and the sweat from Frank Black’s bald head hit the floor.

The Be Good Tanyas, Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers
Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.
$16, all ages
It’s amazing that something as beautiful as the neo-traditional folk of the Be Good Tanyas can be so gritty and moving.

Architecture in Helsinki, Snuggle-Ups
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
$10, 21+
The twee pop of Australia’s Architecture in Helsinki is playful, experimental and fun. But it’s still twee.

Bloc Party
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St.
$13/$15, all ages
Bloc Party are largely the critique darlings of the moment because their hairstyle happens to be in fashion, but they’re still a kick-ass guitar rock band. Like Blur. Exactly.

Saturday, May 28

The Crystal Method
Level, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave.
$17, 21+
If you remember America’s answer to the Chemical Brothers, then you’re probably old enough to go to this show and get jiggy to their big beats and vacuous electronica.

Of Montreal, IQU, Kanada
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
$10, 21+
The fucking liars aren’t even from Canada, they’re from Georgia! But they have penned some of the pretty, lo-fi, psychedelic pop ditties that have become synonymous with our maple-guzzling friends up north.

Sunday, May 29

Ari Hest, Aslyn
Dante’s, 1 S.W. Third Ave.
Like John Mayer, but without the self-deprecating humor. Adult alternative is quickly becoming the new adult contemporary. Fucking yuppies! Asyln is real pretty though. Just saying.

Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
$10, 21+
Who knew there was an underground R&B scene in Seattle? More than enough to get your groove thing going.