This Weekend in Portland: 12.4 – 12.6
With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.
Mike Krol, Rupert Angeleyes, and Landlines at Bunk Bar
LA/Minneapolis/Madison/Seattle split-based freak-pop rockers Mike Krol are fresh off a European tour following their summer release, Turkey, out on Merge Records, and are geared up to rattle the concrete bones of Bunk Bar this Friday night. Supporting act Rupert Angeleyes, based out of Minneapolis, makes the night even more promising with a sound somewhere between Mac Demarco and The Strokes. Local garage burners Landlines open the night. – T.L.
9pm, 21+, $8 Adv $10 DOS, (link)
Is/Is, Sunbathe (Video Premiere), and Golden Hour at Valentine’s
Is/Is is a great band, and I think they should consider themselves lucky that they’ve punctuated their name as they have, since the word “isis” is basically stained forever. Their 3 track EP Return to Zero is low-key one of my favorite releases of the year, and my only complaint is that there isn’t more, but I’m sure they’re working on it. But seriously, go listen to that EP. And then come to Valentine’s to see them. Joining Is/Is will be Sunbathe (a project of Maggie’s, of Genders fame) who will also be premiering a video that night. And I’m gonna go ahead and say Golden Hour will get things started, but I have no idea what the order is, so here’s your best bet: show up early, stay late. – A.S.
9pm, 21+, $5, (link)
Portland Timbers MLS Cup Final
Portland hasn’t had a sports team reach their respective league finals since 1977 when the Trailblazers made an unprecedented come back from an 0-2 series deficit against the Philadelphia 76ers to win the championship 4-2. So the fact that the Timbers have dominated their way to the MLS Finals is a huge deal, even if “you’re not really into soccer.” If you don’t have TV at your residence or would prefer the camaraderie of getting wild with other Portlanders while watching our hometown footballers take on the Columbus Crew on Ohio turf, here are some great places to watch the match: Blitz Sports Pubs, Scoreboard, The Cheerful Bullpen, 442 Soccer Bar, Spirit of 77, and of course the official viewing party at Crystal Ballroom. – T.L.
1pm on ESPN
Oh, Rose and Laura Palmer’s DEATH PARADE at Rontom’s
Laura Hopkins, the haunting crooner goddess behind Laura Palmer’s DEATH PARADE, has a voice that’s at once familiar and calming, calling to mind the delicate timbre of Astrud Gilberto. Join Laura at Rontom’s this Sunday night to let her intimate songs carry you away to a desolate, contemplate place in your soul. Headlining the night is Olympia’s Oh, Rose, who’s eerily heavy and good 2015 release Seven is viable to make fans question, “they came from where?” – T.L.
9pm, 21+, Free, (link)
NW Cannabis Classic
Much like having a favorite local micro brewery, now that recreational weed is legal, it’s time to start pilfering through the massive array of local growers and their sweet, green fare. What better way to put the best to the test than through good old fashioned competition? This Sunday at Pure Space in NW, for only $25-30 fans of the sticky icky can sample goods, get sweet deals from vendors, and sit in on industry seminars. If you feel like forking over $350 you can apply to be a competition judge and try 40+ samples of flowers, or 20+ samples of concentrates and 10+ samples of edibles. Sounds like a doozie. – T.L.
Noon-9pm, 21+, $25 Advance $30 Day of, (link)