AGESANDAGES, OLD LIGHT, 1939 ENSEMBLE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Quick, before you're trapped with family! Get out your last good-time kicks with AgesandAges, whose giddily upbeat sing- and clap-alongs are better than any Christmas choir. They may play a few new songs as well, as they're working on a new record—plus Old Light's strum-heavy tunes are no slouch in the rock 'n' roll department. NED LANNAMANN
Old Light steps out of studio hibernation (where they're working on the follow-up to 2010's The Dirty Future) to build their mighty wall of sound. Autoharp and harmonies are sure to fill the holiday void that's burrowed into your soul, and it'll be nice to see what these lads have been up to. AgesandAges (perhaps you've heard of them?) will bring their PDX Chamber Pop Now™ to the stage—a big band in the literal sense, whose grandiose harmonies and sly hooks reign supreme. Rounding out the bill are locals 1939 Ensemble, who will set the mood with an array of vibes, chimes, and percussion: more eerie than cheery, and that suits me just fine. MARK LORE
THE RUBY PINES, WORTH GOOSE AND FOX, 1000 FUEGOS
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Consisting only of Michael Backus, Moorea Masa, and one lonely acoustic guitar, the Ruby Pines are a stripped-down sapling of a band—not to mention they've only been playing together for the better part of 2011. However, there is something hauntingly familiar and innate about the music this mostly local duo is making. Backus strums through blues riffs while Masa's thick and resounding voice stands intrepid at front and center, evoking Etta James, Mahalia Jackson, and other great vocalists who form our concepts of early R&B and gospel singing, and have been overthrowing our emotions for years. And with their scant collection of recordings—the Ruby Pines released a solid, self-titled EP in March—these live performances are to be cherished, with hopes that new material will be cropping up soon. RAQUEL NASSER
SEX LIFE DJs, DJ VISION QUEST, DJ STONED WEREWOLF
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) On the day before the day before Christmas our very own Magi arrive, to gift us their versions of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The Sex Life DJs (Vision Quest and Stoned Werewolf) spin whatever funky mess necessary to lead us all to that sweaty dance floor electric bugaloo promised land. SUZETTE SMITH
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