PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT, CORIN TUCKER BAND, TYPHOON, THE GOLDEN BEARS, THE PHAME ACADEMY CHOIR
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) The Portland Cello Project by themselves are pretty great, but when they collaborate on records or live shows with other artists, they tend to collectively knock it outta the park. Such will surely be the case tonight when they join their cellos with the Corin Tucker Band, Typhoon, and more. MARJORIE SKINNER
AGALLOCH, ALLERSEELEN, AERIAL RUIN
JOHN GRANT, MARTY MARQUIS
Duover, 48 Thrills, Mic Crenshaw, the Prids, and Frivolous, as well as a link to the complete show listings after the jump!
LUMINOUS THINGS, TOD MORRISEY, DUOVER
(The Press Club, 2621 SE Clinton) It's not supposed to be like this, Duover. The local pair's Christmas Volume 1 is no mere traditional holiday album of hastily recorded musical throwaways with yet another exhausted version of "Santa Baby." No, not here. Christmas Volume 1 is an excellent recording—Christmas or otherwise—of sugary-sweet indie pop songs that bounce between the co-ed vocals of Duover's Nathan Jr. and Rebecca Rasmussen. It's a bit troubling to think that songs like "Grandma's House" or "Home for the Holidays" might be forgotten in the haste to dismiss holiday music as a seasonal fad. Long after the tree is hauled away from your curb and the decorations return to the attic, this is an album that you will still be playing at full volume. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
48 THRILLS, COOTIE PLATOON, ABSENT MINDS
(Katie O'Brien's, 2809 NE Sandy) When a CDR bearing the handwritten title Hand Claps and Ass Slaps turns up on my desk, I'm going to be more than a bit skeptical. But when I heard the new EP of that name by local power-pop/punk band 48 Thrills, I was pleasantly surprised. With hoarsely hollered vocals and full-throttle guitars, 48 Thrills have crafted a five-song collection that stutters, bleeds, and staggers its way through joyously beefy melodies and major-chord choruses. There's a happily frenzied grandeur to everything 48 Thrills plays, like every song could very well be its last—and if a guitar string breaks or a cymbal cracks or the singer blows out his voice, then so fucking be it. You can get your paws on Hand Claps and Ass Slaps by going to 48 Thrills' Bandcamp page, but I bet it's no match for seeing them tear up a Northeast dive on a Friday night. NED LANNAMANN
MIC CRENSHAW, HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD, DESTRO, L PRO, DJ IZM
(East Chinatown Lounge, 322 NW Everett) Mic Crenshaw is a veteran emcee and staple of the Portland hiphop scene, having performed as a member of Hungry Mob, Cleveland Steamers, and Suckapunch. However it wasn't until Crenshaw dropped his solo debut, 2009's Thinking Out Loud, that a national audience took notice with a solid 10 weeks amid the top 10 of the CMJ's Hiphop Chart. His follow-up, Under the Sun, is finally seeing the light of day after initially being projected for release months ago. The resulting output is well worth the wait. While no stranger to genre-bending with past projects, Under the Sun is the most successful, marrying Crenshaw's socially conscious, spitfire street narratives with spacey electro beats and even the occasional guitar solo. In the past, similar experiments sometimes seemed forced and unfocused. Under the Sun, in stark contrast, shines bright in its aggressive ambitiousness. RYAN FEIGH
THE FUZZY BALL: THE PRIDS, PETE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE UPSIDEDOWN, RICK BAIN AND THE GENIUS POSITION, 1776, & MORE
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) It's been absent for five years, but the Fuzzy Ball makes a long-awaited and welcome return. A celebration of all things shoegaze, the Fuzzy Ball sees 10 acts from the Northwest playing covers of vintage tunes by bands like Ride and My Bloody Valentine alongside their own fuzzy originals. Portland staples the Prids are no strangers to the magic that guitar effects pedals can weave, nor is the Dandy Warhols' Peter HolmstrÖm, who fronts Pete International Airport. Plus, Rick Bain and the Genius Position make a welcome return to the spotlight, which hopefully means a long-overdue new album is somewhere on the horizon. Portland psych label Reverb Records is hosting the shindig, and they'll give you a free 20-song CD compilation just for showing up. Ten bands mean that it's going to be a long night, but thank goodness the Fuzzy Ball is back—and fuzzier than ever. NED LANNAMANN
FRIVOLOUS, LET'S GO OUTSIDE, THE PERFECT CYN, PIPEDREAM
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Read our article on Frivolous.
Complete show listings can be viewed here.