THURSDAY 5/10

DAISY CHAIN MUSIC FAIR, MAY 9-13

(Mt. Tabor) Let me preface with this: As a strict deconstructionalist, I am not a fan of womyn's music festivals. Unlike say, a bluegrass festival, I think they create an artificial genre. I mean really, does being a woman have much to do with how music is played? Would it be kosher to lump the bone-crushing jam sessions of Sleater-Kinney with the gentle voice of Joni Mitchell? Moreover, this lumping together tends to underscore and undermine the festival with an uneasy feeling of some sort of support group. That diatribe expressed, I wholeheartedly recommend the Daisy Chain Music Fair, not because it is billed as "the largest gathering of women-fronted acts ever staged in Oregon," but because most of the bands there are really good--regardless of their gender. (Moreover, the proceeds are benefiting the Old Town Clinic, which provides diligent support to battered women.) PHIL BUSSE

RADICAL ART GIRLS GALLERY NIGHT

(Meow Meow) If you're looking for an evening of varied entertainment, you'd be hard pressed to find something better than tonight's Radical Art Girls Gallery Night--because it's got everything! You may know these gals and guys as the brains and brawn behind the Radical Art Cheerleaders, but they're actually an entire collective of peeps interested in promoting a wide variety of young, feminist art. So what can you expect tonight? Well, cheerleading of course! But there's also gonna be readings, visual and performance art, film, and terrific bands such as Halo Altera, Hyperion, I Spy, Sad Characters, Kunda-Mah, and MT and the Space Tigers. And if you didn't already get it, they're all gonna be preaching the mantra we all need to say now and then: "Take Action! Make Art!" WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

THE VALENTINE KILLERS, THE LOUDMOUTHS, THE TRIGGERS, CRASH AND BURN

(Satyricon) Seattle's Valentine Killers are the abrupt antithesis to a quiet, peaceful evening out on the town sipping, hmm, maybe some herbal tea. For the past three years, the Valentine Killers have rattled around mid-size venues all around the country, fronting for some of Seattle's best known punk and hard rock 'n' roll bands. A few months back, the band achieved a certain distinction of notoriety--and perhaps marked its true arrival--by being signed (for a 7") to Junk Records, the California-based record label that prides itself for being blunt and offensive in the same way as a rusty nail or a shot of whiskey. At times, the Valentine Killers' enthusiasm outpaces their talents; but, mind you, in a genre of loud, thrashing noise, that's not always a bad thing. PB

98 DEGREES

(Rose Garden) The specter of boy bands can certainly be a sticky wicket! While there are those amongst us who believe that 'N Sync are the dreamiest angels ever to fall to earth--not counting the ugly one with the weird braids--there are others who are likely to flip for the hunkified vocalizations of 98 Degrees. However, I am not one of those people. While Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons may have bodies that would make a preacher kick a hole in a stained glass window, their songs have yet to impress. And while the sappiness of the wedding song-inspired "I Do (Cherish You)" is rescued in the video by the girl from the Doritos commercial, the Latino for Latino-sake rendition of "Una Noche" es muy grande estupido. Would I go see this concert? No. But undoubtedly there are thousands of pre-pubescent girls and post-pubescent sexually ambivalent males who will. WSH

SOULS OF MISCHIEF, DJ APOLLO, SILENT LAMBS PROJECT, QWI-VAH

(Roseland) Imagine if all the clicks of indie rockers in Portland were hip hop crews, and all the excellent underground musicians were rappers and MCs. Now imagine that Portland's architecture is all concrete, that all the roads are a bunch of freeways, that there are no fun places to bike-ride, and oh yeah, that it never rains here. Hey! Portland's just like Oakland. If this sounds interesting to you, head over to the Roseland to catch the Souls of Mischief, an Oakland-bred crew that is all about well-oiled rhymes and crazy bass. KATIA DUNN


FRIDAY 5/11

THE MELVINS, HANK WILLIAMS III

(Pine Street) The scrawny frame, the haunted visage, the list of addictions--with or without the hokey name, it's terrifyingly apparent where this punk rock cowboy got his genes. But it remains to be seen whether he can really "Put the Dick Back in Dixie and the Cunt Back in Country," as he so boldly claims. Sure, he wears that Misfits T-shirt, and his boots are held together with duct tape, but his sound lacks the urgency and conviction that makes the country and punk cross-pollination so wildly successful. Go to see the Melvins melt the wallpaper, or go to gawk at his grandpappy's ghost-given flesh. Just don't expect much more. TAMARA PARIS

PLACEBO, IDLEWILD (main show), MY REGRETS, STRONGBOX (aftershow)

(Roseland) It was only a couple months ago that Idlewild was last through here, and most of you didn't show up. For shame! This Scottish outfit, lead by the wonderfully named Roddy Woomble, will make you long for the early days of MTV's "120 Minutes" with their cross of Aztec Camera soul and early James alterna-punk. Plus, following the main show (headlined by ace superstars Placebo), the downstairs grill gives you the added dessert of two of Portland's more unique bands--the dirty rockin' My Regrets and the '80s-tinged spacecases Strongbox. Don't let anyone tell you the old shit doesn't come out of new poop chutes; if they try, send them to this show and set 'em straight. JAMIE S. RICH


SATURDAY 5/12

SOUNDS OF OM: MARK FARINA, SOULSTICE, AFRO-MYSTIC

(Roseland) Music that in whatever way falls under the incredibly expansive and vague umbrella "electronic" is often criticized for not having any soul, for being cold machine music. More than any else, its detractors point to the lack of live instrumentation that American pop music has forever held dear. San Fransisco's Om Records put to use live instruments and make a forward leap: congas, stand-up bass, and just about everything else intertwine with laptop future funk. Soulstice and Afro-Mystic bring full-band lineups along with DJ to weave hybrids of funk, jazz, hip hop, electro, and house. DJ Mark Farina's latest downtempo/trip-hop mix CD, Mushroom Jazz Vol. 3, is yet another testament to his uncanny ability to not only put together all the records you wish you could get your hands on, but mix them flawlessly. ELLIOTT ADAMS

EIGHTH ANNUAL GUN TURN-IN DAY!

(Northeast: MLK Blvd. & Jarrett. Southeast: 4104 SE 82nd, Suite 300) I know...I know...Mercury readers love their guns. But surely you can spare one of them for the Eighth Annual Gun Turn-In day! Ceasefire Oregon sponsors this yearly event to get firearms off our streets and into the melting machine where they belong. So not only will you get the good feeling of getting rid of that ol' shootin' iron, you'll be rewarded for your generosity with a $50 gift certificate to local businesses. But the fun doesn't stop there! Even if you don't have a gun to donate, you should stop by to make fun of the gun-nuts who will surely be picketing! WSH

COCOA BROVAS, RISE AND SHINE, THE CHOSEN, SOCIALISTICS, DJ WICKED, UNI-T, MARK MACK

(House of Grooves) Cocas Brovas are an interesting crew. Originally called Smif-N-Wesson, they're occasionally right on with razor sharp lyrics, but more often they flutter around mediocre. DJ Wicked, on the other hand, is one of Portland's best DJs, and is always full of fresh tunes and new variations on those scary pictures of the girl from The Exorcist. KD

WOW & FLUTTER, GRAVITY AND HENRY

(Medicine Hat) It seems more and more lately that I have those Saturday nights where I feel like being super mellow. Maybe it's that I'm doing less drugs these days, maybe it's that I'm getting older, or maybe it's just a phase and I'll be back to tearing it up someday soon. In the meantime I'm taking a break from my Napalm Death CDs and listening to tons of Wow & Flutter. Ponderous and lovely, they really hit the spot, especially with a bath and a gin and tonic. Gravity and Henry are also perfect for tranquil evenings, with their slow, charmingly grungy sound. This show is a perfect aphrodisiac before an early Saturday evening in the sack with your honey, or another G&T. KS

DEICIDE, MARDUK, GORGUTS, ALL OUT WAR

(Pine Street) Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Grindcore; I'm sure of the official label that each of tonight's bands falls under, and I honestly couldn't care less. I'll also spare you my personal speculation as to how or why music can reach such a drastic level of violent intensity. I can only assure you that it should be experienced. Even the most conservative or narrow-minded record collection should have a band like Deicide slipped into the mix. This brand of music will promote a sensation that can't quite be achieved through anything you've heard before, and I don't mean that in a "crank the heavy shit to get my aggression out" way either. It's more pure than that. And if you are able to ignore the over-the-top metal spectacle that will surely accompany tonight's performance, than the live version of Deicide should prove to be a unique and essential experience as well. JOE FAUSTIN KELLY


SUNDAY 5/13

ANTI-FLAG, ONE MAN ARMY, THE WEAKERTHANS, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, THE UNSEEN, JERSEY

(Pine Street) Perhaps more than any other genre, punk has been misunderstood. If this is true, it's because so many of the musicians and fans who handle punk have mishandled it, turning anti-establishment sentiments into pervasive hatred and the chaotic, rapid-fire sound into just plain loud noise. Formed eight years ago, Anti-Flag holds steady to the purist version of punk--a music born, yes, out of disgust for corporate greed, organized religion and Far Right idealism; but, at the same time, an attitude that is tinged with optimism for some sort of social justice. Unlike, say, Black Flag, who simplified punk to a nihilist lifestyle, Anti-Flag starts with their acute sense of disgust for greed and the selfishness of nationalism. From there, they have built a more keen sound--still with the rapid-fire drumming and cutting guitar chords, but a more crisp, focused noise. PB See Music pg 15

THOMAS MAFUMO & THE BLACKS UNLIMITED

(Crystal) An artist of immeasurable talent, Thomas Mapfumo's chimurenga ("music of struggle") is as politically important as that of Bob Marley--and just as danceable. Combining the traditional music of his native Zimbabwe (finger-pianos, intense vocalizations) with chiming guitars and soul-influenced horns, Mapfumo's Blacks Unlimited is one of the best bands, regardless of musical or geographic origin, touring today. Lyrically, Mapfumo has never shied away from hot-button topics, a trait that landed him in prison during Zimbabwe's struggle for independence in the 1970s. (You owe it to yourself to pick up one of his albums for the lyric translations alone--powerful stuff, to be sure.) For fans of complex, rhythmic music with a beat you can dance to, this performance should not be missed. MURRAY CIZON


TUESDAY 5/15

FRANK BLACK & THE CATHOLICS, DAVID LOVERING

(Crystal Ballroom) As a firm supporter of Frank Black's post-Pixies creative endeavors, it pains me to report that his latest release with the Catholics is an utter piece of shit. Or maybe it's not; maybe it's one of those kinds of albums that gets better after you've listened to it several times. And I once read a study that said prisoners frequently crave prison food after they are released, so go figure. KATHLEEN WILSON

CLUTCH, VISION OF DISORDER, MURPHY'S LAW, TREE

(Roseland) I went to see Clutch the last time they came to town, and it was sort of surreal. I walked into the show and there stood the "butt rock" stripper from the recent "Mr. Nude Oregon Pageant" I attended. I later walked in on him in the bathroom. I went upstairs to get a beer, and some crazy dude kept staring at me and forcefully saying, "You want me to buy you a drink, don't you?" I had to yell, "Get the hell away from me," in order for him to get the point, and then I couldn't help but think he was going to kill me for the rest of the show. After that I ran into a friend that I hadn't seen in over a year, which is always weird, and he said, "God, that band Clutch was fucking awesome." So anyway, I missed Clutch and then had to sit through a pathetic set by Corrosion of Conformity, who, by the way, should be cut off from touring all together. Anyhow, I guess my point is that according to all my hardcore-loving friends, Clutch puts on a stellar live show, and you shouldn't miss it, and neither should I. KATIE SHIMER


WEDNESDAY 5/16

ANDY SMITH OF PORTISHEAD, SCOTT HENDY OF PURPLE PENGUIN, COUCH, DJ RAM

(B Complex) I genuinely think that Portishead's album Dummy could be the very best album of the decade. Well, okay, Outkast's Atliens runs a close second, but seriously, Portishead is hands down brilliant. Unfortunately, a good album nine years ago doesn't always guarantee, and I can't say that Andy Smith is going to put on the correspondingly best show of the decade. He might though. And think how sad you'd be if you missed that. KD

BADLY DRAWN BOY, GUESTS

(Berbati's) Damon Gough, the man behind Badly Drawn Boy, put out his debut LP, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, to inordinate praise and accolades. These were deserving. It's a great, baroque collection of pop songs that opens with a French horn and carries the listener through what feels like the journey of a new indie rock genius. Press made a big deal about Gough being a bedroom four-tracker (which is novel, really...), and everyone seemed really excited about Badly Drawn Boy's lavish-and-then-refined songwriting method. Then Gough played live in Seattle, and no one who saw the show said anything positive, or even seemed to like him anymore. Reason? He's a jammy, meandering dickhead on stage, far more suited to the four-track than the stage and the praise, to which he's obviously paid too much attention. Damn, I wish I were that cool. JEFF DeROCHE


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Thurs 5/10: Prince Paul (I-Spy); Frank Black (Showbox)

Tues 5/15: Couch, Dub Narcotic (Breakroom)

Wed 5/16: Ensign (Paradox); Autechre (Showbox)

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