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.
Sam Humans (Album Release), LKN/PF, and Eagle Sun King at The Know
Sam Humans has been an active cog in the Portland music machine for the past decade and a half, having producing a pirate radio station broadcast out of his home and contributing in bands like Modernstate, O Bruxo, and Orquestra Pacifico Tropical. His latest efforts are culminating in the release of his first solo album titled Soulboss, a nickname bestowed upon him by former and again current bandmate – the one and only Papi Fimbres. The album’s lead single, “We See Colors,” is an upbeat, jangly tune dancing along to an Afro/Caribbean rhythm with mellow yet catchy vocals akin to LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean.” Catch Humans at The Know this Tuesday evening for the release celebration of Soulboss, along with a debut performance by Lauren K. Newman and Papi Fimbres’ new project aptly titled LKN/PF, and Eagle Sun King (Tony Ramirez of OPT).
9pm, 21+, $12 ADV $15 DOS, (link)
Broncho, Winter and Billy Changer at Mississippi Studios
Norman Oklahoma’s Broncho return to Portland this Thursday, this time on tour in support of their brand new album, Double Vanity, out June 10th. The new album sees Broncho trade in their previous high-energy early punk sounds for slower, more intricate dream pop soundscapes. No need to wait till Double Vanity comes available on Spotify or iTunes, stream it below and/or grab a physical copy Thursday night at Mississippi Studios.
8pm, 21+, $5, (link)
Pancakes & Booze Art Show at the Hawthorne Theatre
Whether you’re a fan of booze or art, we can all agree that unlimited pancakes for $5 is a god damn deal. Sure Denny’s boasts the same glutenous offerings for a staggering $4, but the boorish art in those dive-chain eateries sure as hell can’t match the works of the 75+ emerging local artists that will be on display at the Hawthorne Theatre this Friday for the annual Pancakes and Booze Art Show. Plus, there will be live body painting!
8pm, 21+, $5, (link)
As rapid development has pushed many Portland residents further towards the outskirts of town, neighborhoods like SE Foster/Powell, Montavilla and Culley are increasingly becoming hotbeds for creativity and commerce. Marking this shift in the Foster/Powell neighborhood is the return of the Foster Art Walk every second Saturday of the month. In what is a rejuvenated effort of the underground art walk/pub crawl known as Foster Art Night several years ago, the Foster Art Walk takes up a few block stretch around 60th and Foster, including businesses such as Backstory Books, Latchkey Gallery, Green Noise Records and more. This month, starting at 7pm Green Noise will host new works of art by Travis Wiggins, live music by Ex-Debs, and will be giving out free pizza courtesy of O’Malley’s (while slices last).
6pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
Ural Thomas & The Pain at the Aladdin Theater
Ural Thomas & The Pain is the most soulful group to emerge out of the Portland music community, at least for the past decade that I’ve been paying attention. Led by the inspirational 75 year old, Ural Thomas, who’s musical career dates back to the 1960’s having opened for legends such as James Brown and Stevie Wonder among others, Thomas and his all star band The Pain were awarded Willamette Week’s best new band award in 2014, and are taking the world of revival soul and R&B by storm. Catch them for an intimate performance at the immaculate Aladdin Theater this Saturday night.
8pm, All Ages (minors w/ parent), $17.50 ADV $20 DOS, (link)
Bed. Genders and Little Star at Mississippi Studios
This Sunday night, Portland shoegaze trio Bed. are set to celebrate the release their debut EP, Klickitat, out this Friday on Bug Hunt records. The EP boasts five dreamy, downtempo excursions in which husband and wife Alex and Sierra Haager trade off singing duties while exploring the dark, delicate and intricate realms of indie rock. Support for the release show by Genders and Little Star make this an all-time local bill.
9pm, 21+, $8 ADV $10 DOS, (link)