Live Tonight: Radiation City, Nada Surf, Deerhoof

The synth-popped soul being crafted by Radiation City is one of the most exciting things happening in Portland right now. It sways, it hits, and it leaves you woozy. This show celebrates the release of the live full-length album Live at the Banana Stand, which was not actually recorded at a banana stand, but in the basement of upstart Portland studio/label Banana Stand Media. With Tomten, Smokey Brights. Neumos. 8 p.m. $12 adv. MARK S. BAUMGARTEN

Nada Surf Not too many one-hit wonders (“Popular,” anyone?) can morph into career artists, but Nada Surf has done just that. Tonight it will play, in its entirety, its perfect power-pop platter Let Go—which plays like a winning hybrid of Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque and Weezer’s 1994 debut. With Mates of States, The Prom. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $15 adv./ $20 DOS. DAVE LAKE

Deerhoof To make music that successfully sounds like it’s falling apart, you actually have to be pretty well put together. For almost 20 years, San Francisco’s Deerhoof has walked that fine line, writing art rock that tumultuously trips over itself before erupting into tightly wound balls of kinetic energy. Drummer Greg Saunier’s lines stumble like Jackie Chan in Drunken Master—powerful, seemingly nonsensical rhythms that spaz around behind lead singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki’s childlike mumblings about pandas and flowers. As Dada as Deerhoof gets, at the end of the day it’s still pop—wonderful, head-scratching avant-pop that your little sister might even sing along to between all the spastic free-jazz, no-wave breakdowns. Also on the bill is Seattle’s Jarv Dee, an incredible rapper who couldn’t sound any less like Deerhoof. In a way, the combination makes sense: If the band is already surreal, might as well make the night even weirder. With LXMP. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $16 adv./$17 DOS. All ages. KELTON SEARS

 
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