Every day in Portland there are a myriad of amazing things for one to get lost in. Sorting through it all can be taxing, so to help make planning a little easier, Noise & Color puts together a list of events each week that that we think are most worthy of checking out.


Esmé Patterson, Frankie Lee and Oscar Fang and the Gang at Mississippi Studios

Following the release of her fantastic third album, We Were Wild, out earlier this month on Universal, Esmé Patterson headlines Mississippi Studios for a hometown celebration. If you aren’t yet familiar with her infectious folk-tinged pop sound, shame on you, but check out her gorgeous video for “No River” below and I’ll see you there Wednesday night.  

9pm, 21+, $12 ADV $14 DOS, (link)


Mattress (album release), Coronation and Dommengang at Mississippi Studios

Rex Marshall has been releasing truly esoteric, experimental electronic music – channeling a combination of Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Suicide –  in Portland under the moniker Mattress for nearly a decade. This Friday at Mississippi Studios he’ll release his first album in a while, Looking For My People, out on Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace Records. Below, check out the album’s lead single “Fuck The Future,” and stay tuned for another single premiering on N&C later this week!

9pm, 21+, $5, (link)


Thanks (album release), Moon By You and Rugby at Mississippi Studios

Join Portland’s Thanks this Saturday night at the Doug Fir to help them celebrate the release of their third album, No Mercy In The Mountain. They’ll be joined by psych do-wop babes Moon By You and experimental pop group Rugby for a quintessential showcasing of Portland indie rock. Represent.

9pm, 21+, $8 ADV $10 DOS, (link)


Float The River: Barton to Carver

I’m generally one to look for a remote river spot away from the crowds, but then again there’s something about mob-mentality that can take things to a whole new level. Like the World Naked Bike Ride for example… it might be odd to roll around town by yourself with your bits flopping out, but when there’s a mass of thousands of naked bodies together, all the sudden it’s absolutely the thing to do. This Saturday join the hundreds if not thousands of people barraging their way down the Clackamas River from Barton to Carver Park. It’s a few hour float so don’t forget to pack water along with your adult beverage of choice, as well as sunscreen and some sort of an inflatable device.  

10am-6pm, All Ages, Free, (link)


Sun Angle, Ice Queens and Ghost Frog at Rontoms

This Sunday night’s show at Rontom’s is bound to be a bonafide banger. Tropocalia psych-punk trio and infamous funny fucks, Sun Angle, who have a sophomore album coming down the pipe for release sometime in the near future on XRAY Records, will make you laugh, cry, headbang and vape like a champ. Ice Queens, made up of Evan and James of Minden along with the bearded wizard-god Brandon Nikola and the red-haired chicken pusher Edgar McRae, also shred a mean boogie with their impressive time signatures and driving, progressive, 90’s-alt throwback rock. Ghost Frog, opening the night, are one of our favorite newer groups in town. Check out their video for “Minimum Wage” that we premiered last September.  

8pm, 21+, Free, (link)

All Weekend

Waterfront Blues Festival

The annual Waterfront Blues Festival is one of the landmark events that makes Portland, Portland. Even if you’re not a fan of the blues, there’s a lot of variation in the festival’s lineup, from blues to funk to pop to soul. There’s also no denying the significance of the blues in the development of rock and roll music and all that’s spanned from it, it’s worth stopping by this local tradition to witness some of the greatest of the genre. Highlight performers this year are Curtis Salgado, Dr. John, Femi Kuti, Maceo Parker, ZZ Ward, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and way too many more to name.

Noon-Late, All Ages, $10/day or $40/4-day, (link)