STRAND OF OAKS, CHRISTOPHER DENNY
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Strand of Oaks.
OREGON SYMPHONY WATERFRONT CONCERT
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito) Music has made some truly astounding strides in the last 130 years or so, but no advent—not the wailing riffs of Les Paul nor the crab scratches of Kool Herc—have topped the pomp and violence of setting music to live cannon fire. Tonight, the Oregon Symphony plays a free concert, capped off with fireworks, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," and... cannons! DIRK VANDERHART
SLINT, TROPICAL TRASH
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Did you ever think you'd get the chance to see Slint? The post-rock progenitors' tangled, gracefully seething sound has trickled down to literally hundreds of bands since the Kentucky group originally broke up in 1992. Tonight you'll get to hear classics from Spiderland in the flesh, as the reunited band follows the breadcrumb trail back to where it began. NED LANNAMANN
GOLDEN HOUR, WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS, VOID BOYS, HALF SHADOW
(Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th) Watercolor Paintings is the primary vehicle for singer/songwriter Rebecca Redman. Whether performing solo, with her brother Josh, or flanked by a full band, Redman's animated voice is consistently capable of bringing forth an avalanche of emotion and expression. The vocals are usually paired with some delicate acoustic instrumentation that incorporates guitar, ukulele, and harp. Take a listen to the song "Move Me" on Watercolor Paintings' 2013 album, When You Move, and try not to be instantly drawn into Redman's rich, enchanting world. Also performing tonight are Portland-based trio Golden Hour. The band has a self-titled release from earlier this year that manages to stay true to its name. With an image of the Cape Kiwanda dunes taken during the eponymous hour on the cover, the group matches visual splendor with four haunting, rhythm-driven tracks that pack a jovial spark. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) After years of hanging in the double-wide, Chapel Hill's Southern Culture on the Skids signed to Geffen in 1995 and had one of their best-known hits with "Camel Walk." Two decades later, that chapter is nothing but a blip on the screen for this trio of weirdos, who keep cranking out Kentucky-fried rock that's both silly and satirical. Of course, their live shows are the real attraction. If you're close enough to the stage, look out for flying pieces of chicken. The greasy fun never stops with SCOTS, and there's plenty of lean musicality—from country to punk to surf—to offer sustenance. MARK LORE
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