KURTIS BLOW, HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD, NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, & MORE
(Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne) If you need an idea of how long Kurtis Blow has been making hiphop history, the Harlem emcee had his first hit (1979's "Christmas Rappin'") three years before Lil Wayne was even born. Blow is the man from the oldest of old school, the rapper behind "The Breaks," and a true legend of the genre. Pay your respect, youngster. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
POLAROIDS, THERAPISTS, TRASH TV, CHEAP MEAT
MONARQUES, ARCH CAPE, YOURS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) If you feel like you've been waiting a long time for retro-styled party band Monarques to finally unleash their debut full-length, get ready to wait just a bit longer. The band recently underwent a lineup change—acquiring a new drummer and keyboardist, Scott Magee and Dave Depper, respectively—and they've decided to shelve their nearly finished album in order to re-record it with the new band members. This delay will pay dividends for patient fans, as the switcheroo reportedly sees Monarques' Enchantment-Under-the-Sea-style doo-wop rock 'n' roll sounding tighter than ever before. Tonight's your first chance to catch the new lineup in all its glory. NED LANNAMANN
A complete listing of this week's show can be viewed here.