English author Neil Gaiman once wrote, "Hell may have all the best composers, but heaven has all the best choreographers." For reasons beyond my understanding, I tend to gravitate more toward evil music, so I completely agree. Despite Gaiman's stance, Canadian electro-industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy walk the line between the two realms. Visually, their most recent endeavor, Weapon, looks as menacing as any black or death metal record. The innards, however, tell a much different story. Track for track, Weapon is a bleak, trance-inducing boogie machine. It's harsh and creepy, but just upbeat enough to inspire gyration. Heaven might end up being slightly jealous of the sweaty mess of black vinyl and tangled fishnets that will certainly crowd the dance floor at this show. ARIS WALES
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"