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Crazy Week of Shows

It's a full-on Portland invasion


Holy crap. If you've got the slightest ounce of indie love pulsing through your veins, the next week will thoroughly exhaust you. We're talking hearing damage, liver damage and, if you do it right, a healthy dose of damage to your bank account. All in the name of rock and roll.

Starting next Thursday, March 25, a streak of five super rad shows will kick off with art rockers XIU XIU, Tune Yards and Scout Niblett at the Neurolux. Then, on Friday, March 26, catch Portland, Ore.'s Quasi, a fuzzy pop trio including former Sleater-Kinney and current Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks drummer Janet Weiss. Portland's Explode into Colors open and DJ Doug Martsch spins the Neurolux dance crowd into the early morn.

On Saturday, March 27, hear Portland, Ore.'s lovely Laura Gibson perform songs from her new album Bridge Carols with collaborator Ethan Rose. On the duo's new album, Gibson's lilting voice gives life to her previously unrecorded writings and Rose builds dreamy soundscapes around her lyrics. Aaron Mark Brown from The Invasion and Field Guide open at the Visual Arts Collective.

If you're not totally sick of shows yet, it might be a good idea to sleep in your car Saturday night. On Sunday, March 28, the VAC will fire up the stage lights again for a special performance from Jared Mees and the Grown Children. Boiseans Boy Eats Drum Machine open.

Wrapping up the last leg of this week of killer shows is teen indie pop star Owl City. Though tickets have long been sold out for this Midwestern, Death Cab-influenced musician's set, you might still be able to catch flutters of synthesizer flitting out the Knitting Factory's door. Or, you could do the responsible thing and listen to his new album Ocean Eyes while resting your weary old-person head.