THE HAGUE, SOFT SKILLS, GALLONS, BLACK PUSSY
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Read our article on the Hague.


FANNO CREEK, JOHN HEART JACKIE, JOCIE ADAMS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) John Heart Jackie (AKA Jennie Wayne and Peter Murray) play music that brings tears to your eyes—kind of like another boy-girl duo, the Weepies out of Boston. JHJ have prettier voices and their music is custom-tailored to our peculiar West Coast variety of heartache; we obviously need creaky acoustic guitars and an occasional country twang to truly express our angst. Nearly two years old, their introspective full-length album We Are Gold Mounds is best experienced at times of personal emotional intensity. This is not to say that the songs are overblown or melodramatic—they most definitely aren't—just that they're sad. My favorite thing they've done is an extraordinary cover of Prince's "When You Were Mine" (available for free on their Bandcamp site). They transform the up-tempo synth confection into a tragic, possibly creepy ballad in which the bass is the most important instrument—after Wayne's voice, of course. REBECCA WILSON