Once a year, students of the Portland chapter of School of Rock team up with adult members of local bands. The resultant Best! of Portland show is exactly that: a life-affirming, heart-warming, butt-kicking rock show that's one of the best experiences on the local live-music calendar.
Like many acts that start off as solo recording projects, Jordan Lee's Mutual Benefit has blossomed into a band. But don't expect the live incarnation to stay in one place for long.
Despite its very famous lead singer, Wisconsin's Volcano Choir has an identity all its own—not to mention a pedigree that includes bands that aren't Bon Iver, like the excellent All Tiny Creatures and Collections of Colonies of Bees.
Plus a super-sized Up & Coming section with additional previews you won't find in our pesky, papercut-inducing print edition!