AND AND AND, THE SHAKY HANDS, SUN ANGLE, MINDEN (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The rippin' new 7-inch from And And And is inappropriately named No Party, as tonight's record release show will certainly be a party to remember. They've put together a stacked bill with some of Portland's finest and funnest, including Sun Angle, Minden, and a reunited the Shaky Hands. NED LANNAMANN
GOODBYE TO THE NERVOUS APPREHENSIONBOOK RELEASE AND STEPHEN MALKMUS COVERS NIGHT (Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Michael Heald's new memoir, Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, is honest and biting with absolutely great stories about growing up as the awkwardest kid in the room. Celebrate the release tonight with members of Velella Velella, Point Juncture, WA, and more—who are performing Stephen Malkmus covers all night long. SARAH MIRK Read our review of Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension.
NUMBERS STATION, BABYSOFT, NORTHERN (Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) Numbers Station take their name from a venerable type of shortwave radio station that broadcasts transmissions between governments and overseas spies, usually in the form of nonsensical streams of numbers, letters, or words. I don't know if Numbers Station are in touch with the Cubans, but it is an appropriate name for a band whose music is just as nerdy as it is mysterious. Meditative and surprisingly melodic, their handful of songs calls to mind Tortoise, the jazz-leaning Chicago post-rock band. The trio of veterans—Andy Fortier and Nutria alums Andrew White and Travis Feldman—have been making wordless music for just about a year now. For guitar music that is simultaneously complex and minimalist, Numbers Station is far less suggestive of algebra than you might expect—which is not to say that there aren't secret codes embedded in the chord progressions. REBECCA WILSON
THE WINDSOR PLAYER (LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan) Portlander Troy Stewart pays the bills by touring with Snow Patrol, but he also makes his own music under the Windsor Player moniker. The Windsor Player's self-titled debut is a wide-ranging record with moody songwriting, lots of country-twang flourishes, and appearances by Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, and many others. Released last year, The Windsor Player's songs haven't been performed live until recently, with Stewart helming a small run of local shows, including an opening slot for World Party's recent show and an in-store at Music Millennium on Wednesday, November 28. Tonight's early-evening show at the LaurelThirst sees the Windsor Player playing the new record in full, transforming from a studio endeavor into an impressive-sounding live band that includes Gregg Williams, Chris Schleyer, Lex Browning, Paul Brainard, Josh Crawley, and Jeff Bond. NL
EATS EVERYTHING, THE PERFECT CYN, BEN TACTIC (Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill) This one is for all the house heads. Hailing from the UK, DJ and producer Eats Everything (Dan Pearce) deliciously draws together elements of UK bass, Detroit techno, early rave, jungle, and classic house in a heady recipe for success. He's already enjoyed a turbo-fired rise to popularity within the world of electronic music as one of the most charted producers of 2011, and with upcoming releases on a slew of iconic labels it seems as though Mr. Pearce is just getting started. Also on board for the evening is veteran Portland DJ the Perfect Cyn, who never fails to entertain us with an impeccable track selection emphasized by her unique talent for combining melody and rhythm into seamless masterpieces. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD