With the hyper-abundance of amazing things happening in Portland on any given week, it can be taxing to sort through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free. To help make planning a little easier, Noise & Color puts together a list of events that we think are most worthy of your time each week.
Buzzcocks at Revolution Hall
Sure they’re probably full-on olds at this point, but the iconic English rockers Buzzcocks are playing at Revolution Hall this Monday night, at that’s awesome. Formed in Manchester in ‘76, the ‘Cocks were influential in the evolution of punk and indie rock, playing a high energy, fuck-all iteration of power-pop in a similar vein to the Sex Pistols, with household hits such as “Orgasm Addict,” “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t),” and “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays.” Though they may not be leaping over the drum set, or shitting on stage mid-performance, the opportunity to see the Buzzcocks live will be worth the cover.
8pm, 21+, $25, (link)
Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Podcast Taping at Revolution Hall
If you’re not a fan of the dweebishly loveable Scott Aukerman and his classic comedy podcast / TV show Comedy Bang! Bang! then you might not be smoking enough weed. Tuesday night at Revolution hall, get blazed up and enjoy the live taping of a new CBB podcast, with the hilarious special guests Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, and Neil Campbell. Tickets aren’t necessarily cheap, but at least that big-ass pre-rolled joint you’ll smoke before hand will be!
10pm, 21+, $35, (link)
Tuesday and Wednesday
Mac Demarco at the Roseland Theater
It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re a trendy asshole just because you’re smitten by Mac Demarco’s infectiously chill grooves. One could even wager that perhaps it’s more trendy to be a hater of Demarco’s signature chorus/vibrato soaked guitar jangles. Whatever your particular persuasion may be however, the fact of the matter is that Mac and his charming, gap-toothed, comedic antics will be will be on display at the Roseland this Tuesday night, and it’s probably going to be an excellent show (despite being at a particularly fascist venue and the relatively steep cover). Tuesday night’s show is sold out (though there are a handful of people looking to sell their tickets on Craigslist as well as the Facebook event page), but tickets are still available for Wednesday night.
9pm, All Ages, $28, (link)
Thursday and Friday
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and The Murlocs at Mississippi Studios
Breakout Aussie psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are taking over Mississippi Studios this Thursday and Friday night. With the exceptional and dynamic catalogue of nine albums that the Giz have put out in just five years, I’m not a bit hesitant to say that they may well be one of the greatest rock bands of the decade. Both nights, the Giz will be accompanied by fellow Melbourne psych troupe, The Murlocs, led by the Giz’s own harp player/vocalist. Thursday night the two groups will be joined by Sun Angle, and Friday night they’ll be joined by Bombay Beach. However, like several other amazing concerts happening in Portland this week, advance tickets are already sold out to both Thursday and Friday night’s shows, however the event page says tickets may be available at the door (so you’d be a fool not to at least try jumping in line early), and there are also some available on Craigslist.
9pm, 21+, $15, (link)
Rio Grands and Sinless at Rontoms
This weekend’s Rontom’s Sunday Session features two of Portland’s best indie song-bands, Rio Grands and Sinless (who’s EP Ethereality is featured on N&C’s Best Local Album of 2015 list). Both groups masters of their own unique take on the indie song, Rio Grands play upbeat, beachy lounge-pop, while Sinless play downtempo, groovy, psychedelic dream pop. The event page suggests that there’s a secret guest TBA, so we’ll see what mista Boone has hidden up his booker-sleeves.
8pm, 21+, Free, (link)