The Intelligence, Coconut Coolouts at the Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m., $8
The Coconut Coolouts make some of the most fun, danceable rock and roll music in town. And if you can't get behind their surfy garage rock, that's your problem, not theirs. Ditto for Portland art punk band The Intelligence, who are going on tour after this show, which means this'll be your last chance to see them for a little while.
Oh Captain, My Captain, Webelos, Surrealized, Connecticut Four at High Dive, 9 p.m., $6
There's a reason why this Portland band's name invokes images of high
school students standing on desks saluting Robin Williams: Both Oh
Captain, My Captain and "Dead Poet's Society" share a strong sense of
melodrama. Vocalist Jesse Bettis' evokes that same deep and
semi-monotone voice as Pedro the Lion's David Bazan -- which means all
the band's lyrics sound emotionally charged, no matter the subject
matter. Layer those vocals with metal-influenced guitars, occasional
violin and some subtle background "ooohs," and OCMC sounds like a
Pacific Northwest-version of Queen without Freddy Mercury's flamboyant
outfits. And while it's possible for the theatrical rock on the band's
debut full-length, 2007's Recklessly She Split the Sea, to seem a
little over the top, more often that not, it feels like an authentic
homage to music of the 1960s and '70s. Back then, "Bohemian Rhapsody"