IKONIKA, MAGIC FADES, LINCOLNUP, BEN TACTIC
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) Read our article about Ikonika.


YELLOW OSTRICH, PATTERN IS MOVEMENT, THUMPERS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Alex Schaaf's Yellow Ostrich hatched into a full-grown band some time ago, and their latest Carl Sagan-inspired album, Cosmos, is a starlit, astronomically lovely listen driven by melody and rhythms that evoke the wide-open spaces of the heavens. Arrive in time for the adventurous, crafty Pattern Is Movement, and Sub Pop's latest signing, the UK primary-color pop darlings in Thumpers. NED LANNAMANN


THE BLACK CLOUDS, MYTHOLOGICAL HORSES, BEAT TOTEM, DJ MISS PRID
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Anchorage/Seattle band Mythological Horses are centered on the songs of one-time Portlander Shawn Holley; the band's bassist, Tim Janchar, lives here in town and co-runs Hovercraft Records, which recently released the group's self-titled album. That album is a fizzy lifting drink of a record, with buzz and gunk gleefully smeared all over its 12 tracks. Holley's unhinged, squealing voice gives the initial impression that this is a slapdash affair, but Mythological Horses have made a watertight, effervescent, fun-as-hell rock 'n' roll record, with more than a few classics tucked in its vinyl grooves (try to shake opener "Cold Heart" from your brain after dropping the needle). The band plays Portland tonight, and you should make the trip down to East End's tiny cellar to get your mitts on a copy. NED LANNAMANN


SPIRIT CARAVAN, VHÖL, PILGRIM, EIGHT BELLS
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Scott "Wino" Weinrich can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. He could write an album on the ukulele and have the Muppets as his backup band, and it would still be heavy, soulful, doomy, and downright perfect. In fact, the only other guitar player in the world who has the same all-around riff mastery is probably the king himself, Tony Iommi. Since Wino surfaced in the mid '70s, the list of projects he's started or contributed to has grown exponentially. Any of the bands he created over the years would be a welcome sight to see resurrected. Along with the recent rebirth of Saint Vitus, Wino has decided to grace us with Spirit Caravan as well. With two full-lengths, an EP, and a two-disc compilation released during six short years in the late '90s and early '00s, Spirit Caravan was still able to have a major impact and influence on the hard-rock community. Like all of Wino's projects, the band features his gruff voice and epic songwriting skills. ARIS WALES


ZAKIR HUSSAIN AND MASTERS OF PERCUSSION
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Zakir Hussain is rightly called a maestro of the tabla. The Mumbai-born percussionist has such command of his chosen instrument that he's collaborated with musicians of all stripes from Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart to freak-jazz bassist Bill Laswell. Even on his own, Hussain is a wonder to listen to, with speedy rumbles and intoxicating melodicism pulled from just a pair of hand drums. Tonight, he performs backed by Masters of Percussion, an ensemble that includes the brilliant sitarist Niladri Kumar and sarangi player Dilshad Khan. ROBERT HAM