ELLIOTT BROOD, THE PACK A.D.
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) If you caught Toronto's Elliott Brood at Pickathon, you already know they're a terrific folk-roots band with a damn fine live show. And with Vancouver, BC's garage chuggers the Pack A.D. opening, this night's gonna fall on the good side of rowdy. NED LANNAMANN
ALELA DIANE, RYAN FRANCESCONI
(Oaks Pioneer Church, 455 SE Spokane) Quickly following last year's band effort, Alela Diane & Wild Divine, local songwriter Alela Diane already has a batch of new material on the way. Early reports from Diane indicate that it'll be very much a solo record, perhaps the most intimate work she's done since her debut, The Pirate's Gospel. Such cozy material cries out for a cozy room to play it in, and Diane has found exactly that, playing a two-night stand at the tiny, historic Oaks Pioneer Church in Sellwood. With scarcely 50 tickets available a night, both shows promptly sold out. NL
ADVENTURES! WITH MIGHT, POCKETKNIFE, GRANDPARENTS, DOUBLEPLUSGOOD
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Here's the deal with Pocketknife and Adventures! With Might's fantastic split 7-inch: Each band contributed one new song and covered their favorite song by the other band. Though both bands have a strong affection for keyboards, Pocketknife's romantic hooks presuppose a certain gravity to your dance party. Adventures! With Might, on the other hand, make synthpop so libidinous that you can't hear it without blushing. While both band's original contributions are great, the covers are what make this record so compelling. Pocketknife turns A!WM's supersexy dance jam "You Think Too Much" into a contemplative, bass-driven song with a strong New Order vibe. In its original state Pocketknife's "Should I Kiss the Viper's Fang" was moody and intense; A!WM transforms it into a sweaty club song to which countless teenagers can lose their virginities. REBECCA WILSON