CIBO MATTO, THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See our article on Cibo Matto.
CLOSER ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL: OPENING PARTY (Element Lounge, 1135 SW Morrison) Tonight is the pre-party for Closer, the first annual Portland-based electronic music festival. Spread out across six venues, Closer includes a laptop battle, a free daytime all-ages event at Colonel Summers Park, and plenty of DJ sets. While the lineup is mostly limited to local house and techno DJs, there will be appearances by Portland-based international techno celebs Bryan Zentz and Let's Go Outside, plus one of Seattle's biggest techno names, Jerry Abstract. The festival highlights the abundance of DJs and crews that reside in Portland, including members from Subsensory, Alga-Rhythms, Bassland, Flash/Nude Photo Music, and Click Track all in one weekend. Get started early by mingling with fellow festival-goers and picking up your pass while enjoying mellow tech house sounds from Sappho, Apolinario Ancheta, and Stephen Quirke at Element tonight. Go to closerpdx.com for the full schedule and lineup. AVA HEGEDUS
ANIMALS AND MEN, LIGHT BRIGADE, SAD HORSE, THE GUTTERS, FUTURE LESS VIVID, DJ ERIC ISAACSON (Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) You gotta hand it to Mississippi Records, which has been exposing conscientious music connoisseurs to an arsenal of great rare and unreleased 20th-century recordings for the last five years. When Mississippi released Never Bought Never Sold, a collection of singles and demos by the UK post-punk band Animals and Men, I was floored by the urgent rhythms, the arty new wave that peppered the punk strum and thud, and Susan Wells' persuasive demeanor and mechanically virtuous vocal inflections. They were in the throes of an evolving sound that bred and bled with new ideas, and they, along with other women of punk's wild west—like Essential Logic—created something that remains politically, socially, and sonically relevant nearly 30 years after their initial breakup. TRAVIS RITTER
CHEYENNE MARIE MIZE, VANDAVEER (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) A DC resident, Mark Charles Heidinger has been hovering below your radar these past few years, releasing recordings under the moniker Vandaveer. If you're expecting a weepy-eyed troubadour alone under the spotlight, you will be disappointed. On the just-released Dig Down Deep, Vandaveer's collaborative structure—with co-vocalist Rose Guerin always lingering close by—falls closer to the Head and the Heart than it does to an open-mic night for sad singer/songwriter dudes. Joining them on the bill, and onstage, is Cheyenne Marie Mize, whose ethereal folk music closely resembles the rural charm of Portland's very own Alela Diane. EZRA ACE CARAEFF