WEDNESDAY AUG. 14YEAH YEAH YEAHS
[MUSIC] After building themselves from a tiny New York spazz-punk trio into bona fide, shed-filling rock stars in the span of a decade, Karen O and co. have earned enough cachet to, on fourth album Mosquito, return to their artier roots, albeit in more mature, atmospheric fashion. The record also features one of the most garish covers of the year, but the band’s earned that, too. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, 669-8610. 6:30 pm. $38-$43. All ages.
SATURDAY AUG. 17PDX ADULT SOAPBOX DERBY
[RACING] Now in its 17th year, just one year shy of the age of consent, the Adult Soapbox Derby will send 39 ebulliently home-designed, two-person go-carts screaming down the slopes of Mount Tabor in a road race. Prizes are awarded not only for the race winner, but also for best crash and best helmet, among 14 other categories. Expect to learn who’s faster: vikings, robots or the drunken Chuck Norris twins. Mount Tabor Park, soapboxracer.com. 10 am-4 pm. 7 am racer check-in. Free.
FILMUSIK: PLANET OF DINOSAURS
[MOVIES] With a crack gang of voice actors and Foley artists, and a live score by jazz quintet Blue Cranes, Filmusik brings to life a low-budget 1977 film about a spaceship that crash-lands on a planet ruled by stop-motion dinosaurs. It’s like Jurassic Park, just with astronauts onscreen and snuggling couples all around you. Sewallcrest Park, Southeast 32nd Avenue and Market Street, filmusik.com. Dusk. Free.
SUNDAY AUG. 18DAD WATSON’S FESTIVAL OF AMERICANA
[MUSIC] So Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket ditched the Pacific Northwest on their AmericanaramA Tour, but who needs ’em? This festival pays tribute to Stumptown’s old-timey heritage with a laundry list of local folkies—Shook Twins, Pete Krebs’ Portland Playboys, Wayward Vessel and others—plus corn hole and an on-site straight-razor-shave barber to boot. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 6 pm. $10. All ages.
TUESDAY AUG. 20SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR WITH DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
[MUSIC] Beneath the aggression and chaos, New Jersey’s Dillinger Escape Plan is really just a jazz band. A pissed-off jazz band, but still. The antics of singer Greg Puciato—physically assaulting crowd members, defecating in bags onstage at musical festivals—would certainly make old-school hardcore purists cringe, but a Dillinger show is no place for etiquette. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 2:30 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.