Thursday, May 12th at 7pm at Shotskis Woodfired Pizza: Willamette Music Night with Gringo Star, Rabid Habit, Frontal Lobes, Bitch Mob, Gabriel Klute, and Zachery Johnston. This is a goodbye show for Willamette Students, as this is the last day of finals. All bands hail from Willamette University and music ranges from acoustic to hip hop. There will be discounted food and drink and minors are totally welcome until 9pm. Sounds like a hoot and a great chance to hear music that you don’t usually see in Salem venues. And you know, thank all the gods I don’t have to take finals anymore. Good luck students!

Saturday, May 14th at 8pm at Brown’s Towne Lounge: “A Very Incognita Birthday Benefit Show” with Grandma Dynamite, Transendia and Jesus Chrysler & the Holy Smokes –

$5 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This event is raising money for immediate needs of homeless youth in the Salem area. The proceeds will be given directly to the H.O.S.T. Youth Street Outreach and Drop In Center. There will be raffle prizes that include gift certificates from Cherry City Waxworks, Court Appearance Styling Studio, various local artisans, and much more. This also a 46th birthday shindig for Tara Colvin, but she requests donations be made in lieu of gifts. Find out more about H.O.S.T. at northwesthumanservices.org.

Sunday, May 22nd at 8pm at The Fifty Pub & Grub: Of from Oakland, Salem’s Goddess of Slaughter, and Megathruster a Portland/Salem Duo – Experimental Rock/Pop – Free. You must see Of. They played an outdoor show at The Fifty last summer, and I still hear people talk about it.  It was truly mind blowing. Epic and melodic loop based duo that incorporates an arsenal of instruments. See them. Goddess of Slaughter has just added Emilee Kerper on bass and I just missed them at The Triangle last weekend, so yay. I get second chance. Megathruster is an established outfit out of Portland, but Salem’s own Joel Machiela (Schumann Frequencies, ACE Chemicals) has joined with Ethan Noll in what Joel described to me as nerd/comedy/video and board game rock. Oh yeah, it’s STILL ok to see live music on Sunday. I’ve done it plenty of times and everything turned out ok.