MARILYN MANSON, BUTCHER BABIES (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) It's sort of heartening to consider that nearly 20 years after he skulked onto the scene with Smells Like Children, Marilyn Manson is still shock-rocking away. The patron saint of creepy trenchcoat kids everywhere, Manson's touring on his eighth album, Born Villain. Tickets are scarce for this one—be creative. ALISON HALLETT Also read our article on Marilyn Manson.
CABINET OF WONDERS: A BENEFIT FOR THE CHILDREN'S CANCER ASSOCIATION'S MY MUSIC RX: JOHN WESLEY HARDING AND AN INSANE LINEUP OF GUESTS (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) In these divisive times, there may be just one thing you and I and my grandpa can all agree on: cancer fucking sucks. At any time, but especially when a kid has it. Right? That's reason enough for this benefit version of Cabinet of Wonders, John Wesley Harding's celebrated series of variety shows. The lineups always tend toward the impeccable, and this one is no exception. The novelist Monica Drake will appear, as will recent Portland transplant K.D. Lang. Ben Gibbard, who has just released the first Postal Service song in 10 years, will be the only guest besides Harding (and comedian Eugene Mirman) who has to travel to get there. Questions remain: Will Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey play together or separately? Will Carrie Brownstein rock the roll or the humorous observations? Can we expect a Colin Meloy-Laura Veirs collaboration? Find out and fight cancer. REBECCA WILSON
TOMAHAWK, RETOX (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Tomahawk is the semi-supergroup that keeps on giving. For a dozen years or so, this Mike Patton-led band of journeymen has put out four records, which serve as catchalls for the eccentric vocalist's avant-rock barking. Some of the results have been good, some not so good. It seems impossible to really fuck up, though, when you've got Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison and former Helmet/current Battles drummer John Stanier by your side. Then again, supergroups are notoriously not very super. Still, Tomahawk is weird enough and rocking enough to satiate those who love the aforementioned bands. Although their latest Oddfellows LP—Tomahawk's first in six years—takes on more twists and turns than ever before, it's not a complete brain scrambler. But you'll know right away that it's a Mike Patton Joint. MARK LORE
BRUXA, TEXTBEAK, NIGHTMARE FORTRESS, RXCH WXTCH (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Among the recent explosion of darkwave bands, Seattle's Nightmare Fortress (Alicia Amiri, Blair Field, Cassidy Gonzales, and Colin Roper) stand out in their ability to forge an original and memorable sound. Amiri's powerful voice drips silky warmth over driving distorted guitars, synthesizers, and industrialized beats, creating a darkly sensual atmosphere. Each song on their latest release, Until the Air Runs Out, is stylistic and haunting, calling up memories of foggy streets and long-lost horror films. Another ingenious addition to the Sweating Tapes label, the band retains a danceable quality while still seeming like they are conjuring up spells in a wild alchemical experiment. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
UUVVWWZ, WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS, AINA HAINA (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Nebraska-based UUVVWWZ's second album, The Trusted Language, came out last week. At just eight songs and 35 minutes, it takes nearly as long to listen to the album as it does to say the band's name ("double u, double vee, double double-u, zee"). It's just as angular and aggressively blues-punk as their 2009 self-titled LP, except that this one seems to be missing some of the experimentation and fun of the first. Maybe that's just another way of saying that Double U are more focused now, that they've come into their own. Teal Gardner sings with unhinged energy, but she never forgets to carefully enunciate. Maybe it's telling that their greatest emotional resonance lives more in their jagged guitars, Gardner's aggressive vocals, and their punk-blues songs than in the lyrics themselves. Opening are next-gen dad band What Made Milwaukee Famous and Portland's very own power-rock duo Aina Haina. RW