At this point, it's hard to imagine a time when an openly gay punk band would've raised eyebrows - but much of that progress can be attributed to pioneers like Pansy Division, who had the courage to expand punk's outsider territory beyond the macho mosh pit. This veteran band has lost none of its edge, melody or sense of humor on its latest album, the appropriately titled 'That's So Gay.' Brash and proud (and masters of punk's fast, acerbic aesthetic) Pansy Divison prove once again that they are so much more than a novelty act or a one-trick pony.
9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $14
There's good news for those who love hearty, classic rock n' roll - Govt. Mule has a new album coming out in October, and a tour that takes them through Portland this weekend. Over the years, the band has distinguished itself as a favorite of fans and critics alike, with lead singer/guitarist Warren Haynes making the top 25 of Rolling Stone's 'Greatest Guitarists of All Time' list and recently doing vocal/guitar duty for both the Allman Brothers and The Dead. 'By A Thread' won't be out until late October, but you can catch a preview of these tracks tonight.
8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $28, all ages
Muddy Boot Organic Festival
The focus of the Muddy Boot Organic Festival is sustainable living, but you can also enrich your life by checking out the stellar musical line-up, which includes Weinland, the Portland Cello Project, Freak Mountain Ramblers, the March Fourth Marching Band, Stephanie Schneiderman and more. These local folks represent a fine cross section of Portland's vibrant music scene, and the festival is a great opportunity to catch them in a laidback, family-friendly environment.
12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 S.E. 16th Ave., 503-231-4955, $5, children under 12 free