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PING PONG PANDEMONIUM!—Local musician Kaia Wilson (the Butchies, Team Dresch) is headed to Germany to compete in the Gay Games in ping pong... and tonight, this ping pong spectacular help sends her there! In addition to music by STLS and DJ Permanent Wave, there'll be a frantic doubles ping pong tournament featuring musicians like Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, along with a grudge match between the Mercury music writers (Ezra "Paddle Ace" Caraeff and Ned "Slannamanna-ding-dong" Lannamann) and the Willamette Week music writers (Casey "Chokes-a-Lot" Jarman and Michael "Ping Pong? What's a Ping Pong?" Mannheimer). Oh snap! EH
w/STLS, DJ Permanent Wave; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $5

SOLACE—Rough day? Money troubles? Heartache that the bottle can't heal? There's only one cure, friend, and that is the bittersweet songwriting of local novelist and musician Willy Vlautin. His band Richmond Fontaine plays country-tinged music that comes from that place where the bottle is closer to empty than full, and the pony you backed is losing the race. NL
w/Kevn Kinney, Scott McCaughey; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $10-12

Wow, we've really got this shit-talking thing down. More at My, What a Busy Week.