MEGATON LEVIATHAN, VAITAL DEUL, DJ RIFF RANDELL, DJ SKULLY, DJ WAISTED

(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) The world moves pretty fast these days. A constant stream of information is in the palm of your hand, and people are looking outward more than inward, holding stock in many fleeting experiences instead of sinking into one for a while. Perhaps as a reaction to the current state of things, many heavy bands are producing music that's slow, low, and wrought with depressive and emotional tones. Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Cell, Megaton Leviathan's new long-player, crawls at a glacial pace, and smacks of a band working to give their listeners more than a song. Droning atmosphere and psychedelia join down-tuned rumblings and sweeping riffs, and the Portland band offers an organic experience—not just another sonic pummeling. Megaton Leviathan seems to be looking for something more, and wants you to turn off for a while and start looking, too. ARIS WALES


COCO COLUMBIA, LEO, CELESTE AMADEE, ELLE ZAMORA

(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) One of the most original soul-funk-electro albums you're likely to come across this year belongs to a local young music-school dropout under the brilliant moniker of Coco Columbia. On the surface, The Weight has all the gloss of Top 40 teen pop, complete with cameos by rappers like Soopah Eype and Fabian Rush. But under the covers is Pat Matheny-like guitar work and Columbia's own jazz drumming, making her satiny compositions sound very adult indeed. ROBERT HAM