STARFUCKER, OCTOPUS PROJECT, STRENGTH, SUPER XX MAN
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) In the past we have relentlessly poked fun at Starfucker (or if you believe their latest vowel-free moniker, STRFKR) for their constant name changes, but one thing we will never joke about is their music. Building on a bedroom pop sound that graduated from Portland's house party scene to a (soon-to-be) global sensation, the band has done everything right. Recently inked with Polyvinyl, their latest 7-inch, "Julius," is a treat of pulsating beats and vocals buried deep beneath a glistening wall of keyboard hooks. It's a more mature dance-pop direction for the band, one that hints of great things for their forthcoming LP out in 2011. And STRFKR (or whatever): We kid because we love. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
PHOSPHORESCENT, QUIET LIFE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) With a crack team of ace musicians that sound as worn-in and durable as the leather in his cowboy boots, Matthew Houck has made the transition of his band Phosphorescent from lonesome folkie solo meanderings to some of the tightest, shit-kickingest country rock around. With city grit, Southern soul, and heartbreaking melodies, this is one band that can't be ignored. NED LANNAMANN
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, SAY ANYTHING, SAVES THE DAY, VALENCIA
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Say Anything's 2004 full-length ...Is a Real Boy is a record I will defend forever (probably—who knows what the future holds?). It's a concept album of sorts, based on a character who is a close approximation of the band's founder and lead singer, Max Bemis, who literally went crazy while making the album. While severe anxiety and bipolar disorder caused a rough patch in his personal life (mental institutions, medication, etc.), it also made for an unapologetic, pissed-off, passionate, and raucous record that is on par with Weezer's Pinkerton when it comes to being able to perfectly capture unwieldy adolescent emotions. Unfortunately, everything the band has released since then has been uninteresting and lame. But we'll always have ...Is a Real Boy. MEGAN SELING
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