Back Beat

Ruby Pins (a side project of Lillian Maring from San Francisco-based Grass Widow) plays with Portland’s Break-Up Flowers, Statue and Cowboy at 8 pm on Thursday, June 20, at Wandering Goat; $5 sug. don.

If you aren’t danced-out after Cuthbert Amphitheater’s two-day groovefest, Soulstice 2013, head down to the official after-parties at WOW Hall: Monophonics with Lillian (aka Lilla D’mone) plus special guests keep it goin’ 11 pm Friday, June 21; Gaudi, Phutureprimitive and Indubious rock-it-out 11 pm Saturday, June 22; $15 adv., $20 door.

Eugene-based indie-folk collective Kingdom County plays with Eugene’s favorite Americana troubadour (and 2011 Next Big Thing co-winner), Tyler Fortier, and Portland country-noir duo Muscle and Marrow, 8 pm Tuesday, June 25, at Cozmic; $5.

On Thursday, June 27, D.C. post-punk outfit Priests bring their Sonic Youth-inspired clamor to Eugene’s hippest underground venue, The Old Whiteaker Firehouse (1045 W. 1st Ave.). We’d tell you what time it starts and how much it costs, but if you don’t already know you might not be cool enough to get in. (Just kidding — 8 pm; $5 sug. don., BYOPABST.)

Fellow 2011 NBT co-winners Betty and the Boy play with The Gallery 8:30 pm Thursday, June 20, at Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove; $5, 21+.

EW’s Next Big Thing Song of the Week: “Night Time” by Crooked River. Members of Springfield-based Crooked River bonded over a shared love of country music greats like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. “Night Time” is a Garcia/Grisman-esque folk tune that irreverently winks and nods to country swing. By the time the whistle/snap coda comes around you’ll be thoroughly charmed. To enter the contest or vote on your favorite local musicians, visit

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