TIM EASTON, JOHNNY CORNDAWG, DRUNKEN PRAYER
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) If you have somehow overlooked Tim Easton in the past 13-plus years of his road-weary existence, I do believe that now is the time to change that. Choosing to take up occasional residence in Joshua Tree, California—the veritable confluence of all things cosmic in this nation—Easton has channeled all possible prowess, effortlessly ruling the six-string while oscillating between unholy rabble-rouser, rasp-ridden hoodoo man, and tender balladeer. Easton's latest exports, the hollowed-out Since 1966, Vol. 1 and Beat the Band (the latter recorded with the Freelan Barons, who he may or may not have abused into submission) highlight his prolific tendencies and long-winded efforts, retreating back to the Jayhawks-meets-Junior Wells proclivities of 1998's Special 20. However, this is undoubtedly Easton at the top of his career; don't miss it. RAQUEL NASSER


TRIPLEHORN, DOOMSOWER, GYPSYHAWK, HUNTRESS, DJ NATE C, DJ SMOOTH HOPPERATOR
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Gypsyhawk is a cross-country Harley ride through '70s riff-rock and NWOBHM. In that order. In other words, there's nothing subtle about these guys—they have a song called "For Those Who Love the Lizz," fer chrissakes. These four horsemen from Pasadena, California, deal out riffs of the highest order, dueling guitarmonies alongside the mightiest of handlebar mustaches. Eric Harris—formerly of Ohio bruisers Skeletonwitch—trades in gloom for full throttling. It's greasy, it's messy, it's a bong on the coffee table with black light posters on the walls, and it's Lemmy-meets-Lizzy good times. Gypsyhawk's full-length LP Patience and Perseverance is mind numbing and brainless all in one—both of which are definitely good things. MARK LORE


BLITZEN TRAPPER
(Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside) The sixth album from space-cowboy outfit Blitzen Trapper hits stores tomorrow, but before you get your paws on the rootsy, cosmic American Goldwing, check out an intimate in-store show from the Portland band, in which they'll pack the cluttered aisles of Music Millennium with fans eager to hear brand-new tunes. NED LANNAMANN