It's only January, and I'm more excited about this double feature than I was about most of last year's high-profile shows, partly because this is an unimaginably weird bill. First up is Title Fight, a once-hardcore but now full-fledged indie-rock (à la Superchunk, not Arcade Fire) band whose record Floral Green squeezed into my top five of 2012. Headlining is borderline bro-metal/seminal post-hardcore band Quicksand, who surprisingly don't have a new record and are reuniting solely on the popularity of their old material. This is the sort of reunion pretty much everyone dreams of; because creativity is by and large finite, reunion albums and their resultant tours are generally awful. A new album isn't part of this equation, though, so consequently not a lot could go wrong (aside from the band lacking their once-youthful zest, although footage from recent reunion gigs suggests this isn't anything to worry about, either). MORGAN TROPER
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"