ST. VINCENT, CATE LE BON

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our article on St. Vincent.


ANIKA, STAY CALM, DJ SPENCER D

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Anika.


THE SILENT NUMBERS, ADVISORY, SWAMP BUCK

(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) The Silent Numbers are the reason we arrive early to shows, rolling the dice and taking a chance on an opening act we have yet to hear. This relatively new act deftly manages a sound heavily steeped in shoegaze's finest hour—if you have any of the following albums in your collection, consider yourself a preemptive fan: Just for a Day, Loveless, Psychocandy. Their forthcoming 7-inch (out tonight) hints at great things to come. As frontman Nick Woods delivers each and every line with a casual detachment—a cooler-than-cool vocal styling that is a natural fit—his bandmates toggle between the very quiet and the very loud, often losing the reins (as they do on "Canadia") and letting a song spiral into an unruly sea of noise. This surely isn't the last we'll hear of the Silent Numbers. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


L PRO, FARNELL NEWTON, MANIMALHOUSE

(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Vertigo, the latest full-length from Portland emcee L Pro and producer 5th Sequence, is a stylistic continuation of their Equilibrium EP released earlier this year. Those expecting a dizzy sonic divergence based on the album title alone will be disappointed, while those who enjoyed the commanding baritone spit over jazz samples and head-nod beats will welcome the return to form. The intro track features scratches of classic Stetsasonic samples as well as a Midnight Marauders-type tour guide welcoming you to the record, signaling up front that this is their wheelhouse, so buckle up, young buck, and enjoy the ride. To further hammer the point home, tonight L Pro will be backed by a live band formed by local trumpet player Farnell Newton. Talkin' all that jazz. RYAN FEIGH


SCREENING: SYSTEM AND STATION'S LIVE AT THE KNIFE SHOP

(Over and Out, 410 SE 81st) Ten albums, 20-something national tours, and now, one DVD. As their peers packed it in over the previous 13 years, the men of System and System have truly lived up to their billing as a steadfast, blue-collar rock act, one that now celebrates the release of their first live CD/DVD, Live at the Knife Shop. (Odd timing since the venue just recently dropped the Knife Shop moniker and went back to their former title, Kelly's Olympian.) No matter; at tonight's DVD viewing party you can witness the complex guitar rock of System and System on the big screen—a live show without having to wear earplugs. EAC