THU 04/26

PUNKNOTROCK TOUR 2001 STARRING THE BANGS, TRACY & THE PLASTICS, DAVID WILSON, ANDY CIGARETTES, AHREN LUTZ, BEAU VAN HINKLYWINKLE

(Meow Meow) Tracy & the Plastics, featuring Tracy (vocals), Nikki (keyboards), and Cola (drums) are complete fucking visionaries. Tracy is the future of music--video, performance art, and disco beats with the most scummy, glamorous screams and warbles you've ever heard. Pair her with the trashy punk and slicing riffs of The Bangs, pop deconstructionist Andy Cigarettes, filmmaker David Wilson (See Film pg 29), the slide shows of Ahren Lutz, and side-splitting Beau Van Hinklywinkle (who is back from his tour, and will be premiering "Gay Men in 3-D"... and it's really in 3-D!), and you've got a fruity, punky cereal bowl full of the extraordinary. DIY 4-EVA!! JULIANNE SHEPHERD

QUIET RIOT, DESOLATION

(Mount Tabor) While browsing through Quiet Riot's discography on CDNow, I noticed that they've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of their songs "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Metal Health," aka "Bang Your Head." Between 1996 and 1999, these '80s headbangers released 3 albums (Best of Quiet Riot, Alive & Well, and Super Hits) all of which highlight these two blockbuster hits. I'm not going to dog QR for their thorough re-release schedule or anything. I mean come on, if there's money to be made, who better to make it than Quiet Riot? It seems, however, that recently these metal heads have stumbled upon a great geyser of creativity, or more likely, an enormous bag of meth. I say this because suddenly they've participated in not one, not two, but three albums in this fine year 2001. What's up with that? Yeah, a couple of them are compilations, but who cares. They're finally working, and they're touring in fucking Portland, so let's support them. Put on your mullet extensions, tie a bandana around your thigh, and wedge a tin of Kodiak in your pocket. It's time to party! KATIE SHIMER


FRI 04/27

MEOW-A-THON STARRING MANY FINE PORTLAND BANDS

(Meow Meow) See Feature, Schedule (pg 9-11 of print version)

VOTER'S HAPPY HOUR STARRING FUNK SHUI

(Biddy McGraw's) What, you didn't know that there's a special election coming up? No, we're not re-casting votes for president; there is an empty seat on the County Board of Commissioners, the governing body that oversees the programs and projects and money for Multnomah County (subliminal message: vote Jo Ann Bowman, vote Jo Ann Bowman). One part rec-room birthday party, one part Jim Lehrer, X-PAC (a group of twentysomething political wonks) is joining forces with Miss Jen Lane from BarFly for the evening. The three candidates (vote Jo Ann Bowman, vote Jo Ann Bowman) are expected to show, mingle, and talk and there will be political games (think political twister: right foot to Erik Sten, left hand to Vera Katz). Local funk band Funk Shui will play as well. PHIL BUSSE

VICTORY AT SEA, WOKE UP FALLING, THE MISS

(Medicine Hat) Boston's Victory at Sea (Slowdime Records) produces vast yet subtle dynamics with their guitars, and Mona Elliott's breathy, pressured voice skims sound like a bit of shined obsidian. Though they started out with virtuoso Christina Files (later known for her awesome studio work and as Mary Timony's drummer), her replacement Finney Moore keeps time as eloquently as she ever did. Portland's Woke Up Falling plays something approaching early emo with a sprinkling of pop-punk radio hits, and they've only got one setting: loud. The Miss is another band that obviously listens to corporate radio, only, instead of Sunny Day Real Estate, they've got a vocalist who recalls the dramatic self-involvement of Fiona Apple. You will tap your toes, but question that instinct at the same time. JS

COOKIE, DIRTY LOWDOWNS, THE SADDLESORES, HOT ROD SINNERS

(Satyricon) Think "tough cookie," not "sweet, gooey, sugary confection." This Seattle punk-rock trio has been steadily accumulating fans and accolades for its revved-up, high-spirited, downright fun take on the genre. Think the Muffs, if Kim Shattuck would stop snarling and start singing. Singer Sabrina Rockarena kicks some serious ass, and songs like "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" and "Black 'n Blue 4 U" are classics-in-waiting. The band's been getting some high-profile opening gigs lately, which means that more folks are getting hip to the Cookie tip. BARBARA MITCHELL

COVENANT, AND ONE, NOXIOUS EMOTION

(Paris Theatre) The popularity of Covenant and And One--two European synth-pop bands--might be lost on Americans who would view a resurrection of the genre akin to bringing back '80s hair metal as an act of nostalgia best performed with plenty of sarcasm. And that's probably why Covenant's U.S. audience mostly comes from the industrial-gothic fringe, where the subculture eagerly embraces the band's brooding lyrics and ominous electronics. But listen to the group's techno-anthem "Dead Stars" from last year's United States of Mind, and you'll realize how far these guys have evolved past their EBM (Electronic Body Music) forebears, Front 242. The moody whisper of Jaokim Montelius, cradled by the Gary Numan-style analog synth atmospherics and four-on-the-floor dance beat, summons more than bittersweet reminiscence--it'll make you dance like it's 1989. DAVID SLATTON

CANNIBAL CORPSE, DIMMU BORGIR, THE HAUNTING, LAMB OF GOD

(Pine Street) Back in college, my queer friend Jeff loved two things: dick and Cannibal Corpse. And he saw both as often as possible. Ah, college! The good old days, when Bush was president and metal bands had long hair. The two-party political system in this country, as it relates to heavy metal, is as such: Republicans spawned long-haired death metal. Democrats spawned short-haired rap metal. Music-wise, I'll take the Republicans any day. And now that we've got a Bush back in office, seeing Cannibal Corpse will be all the more poignant. I hope they play "I Cum Blood"--that was Jeff's favorite. JOSH HOOTEN


SAT 04/28

MEOW-A-THON STARRING MANY FINE PORTLAND BANDS

(Meow Meow) See Feature/Schedule (pg 9-11 of print version)

ALPHABET DRESS STARRING LAST OF THE JUANITAS, THE OPERACYCLE, ART BY SUSUMU KAMIJO & JEFF T. SMITH

(5312 NE 16th, 288-9319, 7 pm) This is the second installment of the Alphabet Dress, the travelling counter-gallery where Portland residents open up their homes to the public in the name of art. Last of the Juanitas and The Operacycle are at two beautiful ends of the music spectrum--the Juanitas are the heavy fists of infrared, The Operacycle makes soothing, groovy ultraviolet rays. Art on display will be characteristically inexpensive, featuring painter Susumo Kamijo, a Japan-to-Seattle transplant who does "very affordable, crazy, big abstract shit" and Jeff T. Smith's "pretty fuckin' cool abstract photographs and personalities." According to Zefrey Throwell, Alphabet Dress co-organizer, the artists will be in attendance, but "don't elbow Susumu too hard." The musical artists, too, will be in attendance. JS

3 LEG TORSO, BLACK CAT ORCHESTRA, JOAN GRATZ'S THE DOWAGER'S IDYLL

(Hollywood Theatre) Sure, we all buy 50-cent Dvoràk and Bartök records in the used bins at Everyday, but how many of us can drop $60 to see the Oregon Symphony do Ravel? 3 Leg Torso edge us towards classical and klezmer, but seem down-to-earth enough to be "for the people." They've done the score for the film The Dowager's Idyll (an Academy Award-winning film showing for the first time in Oregon), and their music is upbeat and comical, in the animation sense--you can picture goofy '30s puppy dogs doing slapstick to their music. Seattle's Black Cat Orchestra does a bit of the same. So, if you're not ready for the full-on drama of Scriabin's Op. 54, but you want to ease into the aura of people who know their stuff (sans Schnitzer shmooziness), check it out. You won't feel like a yuppie, and you might even learn to tango. JS

QUEER MILLENNIA: DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES

(Smith Memorial Center) Here's a question for you: Do you think the organizers of this little dance were trying to be ironic when they named this event (you know, making fun of cheesy prom themes, like "Under the Sea: Dancing through Retro-mania") OR are they actually assimilating into the cheesiness of straight proms?! You know, like when gay people are have "marriages" that are totally heteroly traditional? Anyway, who cares, because either way it's a totally brilliant idea: queer kids come and dance and have fun and don't have to be surrounded by lots of "I-love-being-straight!" prom queens and kings. KATIA DUNN

KISSING BOOK

(Red & Black) Where Kissing Book started out as a sugary-sweet throwback to early '60s tunes and the joys of dancing the frug, they have evolved into a band of the utmost substance. Like indie pop has grown from a twee-loving group of tee-totallers to a bunch of bands obsessed with the Free Design and the finer aspects of Côte d'Azure psychedelia, Kissing Book added... well, an organ. It's not a Farfisa--might be a Wurlitzer--last time they played, I didn't get close enough to tell. And they've got a new drummer, the very excellent Adam Bayer. (Many may recognize Adam from The I Live the Life of a Really Long Pop Band Name.) They've toned down the cloy and turned up the heat, adding some Latin-tinged beats, and now you can feel really glamorous. Bring SPF 40, cause Kissing Book is HOT! (In an innocent sort of way.) JS

CARMINA PIRANHA, NANCY HESS BAND, JENNIFER TERRAN

(Dante's) It's a rare treat to see a talented musician pull double-duty in the same gig, but tonight you'll get to see Nancy Hess do it. Though known now as the bassist in arty rock headliners Carmina Piranha, those of us who remember when Ms. Hess first pulled into town know that she's a talented songwriter in her own right. Just give her debut album, Away, a whirl, and you'll hear it for yourself. Though she plays her guitar in a classic rock style, her personal tunes strike more confessional poses and have stronger hooks than most record companies seem to expect from women in these post-Lilith times. Nancy only plays out with her full band about once a year, so stay at home and consider this an opportunity missed. JAMIE S. RICH


SUN 04/29

MEOW-A-THON STARRING MANY FINE PORTLAND BANDS

(Meow Meow) See Feature/Schedule (pg 9-11 of print version)

Q AND NOT U, TED LEO, PLUG SPARK SANJAY, BASTINADO

(Medicine Hat) Ted Leo is rock's most secret star, and has been kicking out the jams for years with an earnestness and intensity rarely matched in the underground. Watch him alone with his guitar, pounding a tambourine, or singing along to his prerecorded songs and try to figure out how one man on a stage can have the presence and power of any band you've seen. After Ted kicks you square in your ass, see what's the big deal about Dischord Records torchbearers Q and Not U, and whether or not they're up to the challenge of jumpstarting the legendary and long-stagnant D.C. record label. See Music pg 15 JH


MON 04/30

THE MEKONS, THE INTIMA

(Berbati's) O, Great Mother, it is a beautiful pairing. Like two muses perched on an iceberg and singing mistily through the night. It is The Mekons, the seminal sprouts and harbingers of post-punk as we know it. And it is The Intima, a breathtaking swirl of a band that would not exist in its current form if it were not for the gorgeous ramblings of early Mekons. I am going to this show, and then I'm catching a flight to Massachusetts the next morning. And though I'm neurotically afraid of airplanes, it will not matter if my plane dashes mightily to the earth and I perish amid a flickering chorus of flames and flying tray tables, because I will have seen this show. And if I do return a week later, as planned, I can continue my life in a more beautiful, meaningful manner, as you and yours will. Ahh... The Mekons and The Intima will give you the perspective you need to continue living in this heartless place we call "earth." JS See Music pg 15

ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, THE EXPLOSION

(Pine Street) San Diego, Sweden, and Boston's top contenders converge on Pine Street for a knock-down drag-out, and it's anybody's guess which band will have stolen the show when it's all said and done. The Explosion will kick off the night with their blistering brand of street punk guaranteed to warm it up like a quarterback with his hands down his pants, while The INC are backstage slipping into their suits and RFTC are combing each other's hair with porkchops to get the pompadours just so. Expect The INC to pull no punches with their hyper-lefty garage rock mischief, but when you're tallying the landed blows in your head, remember that Rocket From The Crypt have been kings of the ring for a long time and have an extra tour bus just for hauling around WHUP ASS. Come see if the cagey vets can hold off the young bucks in this all ages rock-n-roll battle royal. JOSH HOOTEN

TUES 05/01

Must... Sleep...


WED 05/02

Jesus... Vicodin really IS addictive!


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Thurs 4/26: Willie Vlautin (Liquid Lounge); Transmarine, Poseur, Bastinado (I-Spy)

Fri 4/27: John Cale, Mount Analog (EMP); Rocket from the Crypt, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Explosion (Graceland)

Sat 4/28: Covenant, And One (Catwalk); Zony Mash, Scott Amendola (Rainbow)

Sun 4/29: Murder City Devils, Himsa (Graceland)

Tues 5/1: The Mekons, Joel R.L. Phelps (Graceland)

Wed 5/2: J Mascis, Love as Laughter (Crocodile)

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In Stores May 1: Autechre, Big Bright Lights, Take Manhattan, Chris Clark, Echo & the Bunnymen, Emmylou Harris, For Stars, Loverboy, No Motiv, Ocean Colour Scene, Gram Parsons, Rollerball, Sigur Rös, Tricky Woo, Turin Brakes, Zero Zero