(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) As it stands right now, there are just a few artists in existence releasing skweee, a young genre of electronic music born a few years ago in Scandinavia and consisting of extremely minimal R&B/funk bass lines topped with synthesizer sounds from intentionally low-frills analog machines. Portland is an early outpost of this new sound, hosting the one-and-only skweee monthly party in the United States with support from a couple of local record labels on the very short list of imprints currently dealing in skweee worldwide. Tonight's show features Canadian skweee artist MotËm, whose stripped-down tracks feature lo-fi loops and silly vocals that typify the sound. The simplicity is reminiscent of early hiphop, when folks used cheap tools and their own creativity to produce groundbreaking music. It will be interesting to see if skweee, with its similar principles of DIY and sparseness, can hold up in a completely different technological era. AVA HEGEDUS

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(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Tonight's the farewell party for Anna Lockwood, who bids Portland adieu as she returns to her native Australia. You've seen (or heard) Lockwood as she's worked the soundboard at Holocene; she's also toured with the Thermals, Starfucker, and plenty of other bands around the world. Basically, she's a dope sound technician—and musician as well, performing under the name Period Romance. Not to mention she's just an all-around fantastic person; the fact that she's leaving us truly, truly sucks. Say goodbye to Anna with a party in her honor (it's also doubling as her birthday bash) with plenty of electro dance jams from Sex Life and Arohan. And do your best to keep from crying over Anna's departure, even though Portland's live sound won't ever sound quite so good without her. NED LANNAMANN


(The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th) The idea of a "synth meet" initially gives me nightmarish images of balding, longhaired dudes gathered in a dark corner of Guitar Center, trading grotesquely cheesed-out electric piano patches and Chick Corea Elektric Band bootlegs. Rest assured that the Portland Synth Meet—a free, all-ages affair in the Cleaners event space of the Ace Hotel—won't be anything like that. Rather, gearheads, collectors, and musicians alike will have the opportunity to geek out over the innerworkings of old analog machines and newer technology: "Synths of all kinds will be represented including modular and desktop synths, drum machines, circuit bent instruments, and algorithmic one-liners." What's more, Golden Retriever and Acid Farm will perform live sets. It seemed the synthesizer, for a number of years there, was primarily used to replicate—and in most cases, bastardize—existing sounds in the instrumental and orchestral spectrum. Thankfully, that dead-end attitude has receded, and today's Synth Meet will be all about inventing new tones. NL


(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) Shortly after transplanting to Portland from Southern California and playing a few shows, brothers Jeff and Ryan Burian were forced to change their band name. They were originally known as Real Diamond, but either the rapper or the Neil Diamond tribute band had backed them into copyright infringement's time-out corner. Thus, they are now working under the name BÉisbol, and while they are exceedingly difficult to find in a Google search—especially when distracted by all those photos of Cuban baseball players in tight pants—they should not be hard to find around town for much longer. Their driving, melodic pop music is the kind that can wring out this city in its wettest months, and though physical recordings are scant—they released a digital EP in October which they named Real Diamond in memoriam—the brothers are at work on their debut full-length, Lo-Fi Cocaine, which we'll hopefully see sometime early next year. RN