You have absolutely no excuse to not go see some live music tonight. Check out these options:
–At the Tower Theatre, the second installment of the PDXchange Program features Portland’s The Helio Sequence, a band I praised at length here. Special bonus: local alien-rockers Empty Space Orchestra open the show! 8 p.m., $15 (plus venue fees).
–At Backporch Coffee Roasters, Canadian folk singer Zachary Lucky will perform tonight, along with local fave Erin Cole-Baker. Lucky deserved more ink in last week’s GO! Magazine, but we found out about the show too late; the guy writes great songs. 7:30 p.m., $5.
–More Canadians — this time, party-grass combo the Clumsy Lovers — will invade Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom tonight. I haven’t seen ‘em, but I know someone who has, and this person has extensive party experience, and he says the Lovers bring it. Hard. 9 p.m., $10.
–Local indie-rockers The Dirty Words somehow secured a rare Thursday night show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. If the Words are still planning on moving to Portland later this year, then time is running short if you’re planning on seeing ‘em. Here’s a chance. 7 p.m., free.
–Last Band Standing continues at Boondock’s. The size of the crowds hasn’t waned, even as the competition enters its seventh (!) week. Tonight’s bill: StillFear, Thorns of Creation, Gebular, Group Therapy, Warm Gadget, aka maybe the heaviest week of the entire contest. 8 p.m., $5.
–Finally, at The Summit Saloon & Stage, a reggae band called Synrgy is playing. And they’re from Humboldt County, Calif., so you know they’ve got at least some genuine reggae vibe, even if they can’t spell “synergy.” 10 p.m., $5.