THURSDAY 5/31

RICK BAIN & THE GENIUS POSITION, JOHN VANDERSLICE, MAN OF THE YEAR

(Meow Meow; also June 1, Music Millennium, 5 pm) He doesn't know it yet, but John Vanderslice is the winner of 2001's North American "Brian Wilson is God" Beauty Pageant. Temporarily at the heart of scandal (with 1999's single "Bill Gates Must Die") and formerly of SF temporal lobe popsters MK Ultra, Vanderslice really seems to have come into his own. His soon-to-be-released CD, Time Travel Is Lonely, is absolutely dreamy. It's like a sonic escape hatch fueled by late-night sessions of listening to lots of Neutral Milk Hotel and Beach Boys. Live, Vanderslice and his band deliver their surreal concept-pop with heaping doses of charm and vigor. Catch him before the press fawns all over his new CD and he's forced to retreat to Alaska to avoid a nervous breakdown. A.J. ROSE

RELOAD, THE EPOXIES, RIVIERAS

(Satyricon) It's old-school new wave night, starring Reload (reigning king of the new wave cover album), The Epoxies (fka The Adhesives, whose super-rock keyboards, charismatic delivery, and outtasight vocalist Meredith will remind you why you liked Adam Ant), and Rivieras, who may be heavier than your typical new wave, but we are assured they will do a Joan Jett cover! JULIANNE SHEPHERD


FRIDAY 6/01

SCARED OF CHAKA, BIG IN JAPAN, QUICKSTEP MANOEVER, FILM SCHOOL

(Satyricon) Scared of Chaka plays music like the bunny hops on a roller coaster. I have coasters on the brain because the Discovery Channel just showed a special on them--and the largest/scariest one is in, get this, Ohio. Anyhow, Chaka's punk guitar riffs spring up and down like a high-dive, and somehow their awesome singer is able to keep up. Punk, metal, and just plain guitar fans will dig it. KATIE SHIMER

HOLY SONS, WORK CLOTHES, FOURTH PRIZE

(Goodfoot, SE 28 & Stark) Holy Sons made me weep last time I saw them. Okay, so I was a little drunk, but Emil's honest, scratchy vocals moved me beyond the Manhattans. Fourth Prize is purported to include a member of Trumans Water, and lady with moody vocals. It's a free show. JS

KRISTIN HERSH

(Aladdin) Kristin Hersh is one of those singers. You know, the kind that, when you hear her it feels like your feet have just been cemented to the ground and your mouth is wide open and all you can do is listen. I don't know exactly what it is about her--maybe it's her complicated lyrics that make sense in an eerie, illogical way. Or maybe it's her lullaby-sweet voice that spins out of control just when you think it's going to dive. Whatever it is, it's divine. KATIA DUNN

ROLLERBALL, RETSIN, K.

(Cobalt) After a European tour (where the Italians simply love them), Rollerball's back in PDX and celebrating their fantastic new album, Trail of the Butter Yeti. JS See Music pg 15

THE FASCINATION, VESPERTINES, THE FRINGE

(Medicine Hat) The Fringe has a major early Rolling Stones/Velvet Underground fetish, complete with perfectly executed Mick Jagger/Lou Reed-style vocals and an occasional harmonica. Though I usually barf at the thought of bands unabashedly aping their influences, The Fringe's demo CD is kind of charming, and you can't deny they can play their instruments. It'll probably be a good time. JS


SATURDAY 6/02

HANDMADE BAZAAR STARRING SHEMO, MACHINE THAT FLASHES UNPLUGGED, WINDY FINGERS, CULOTTES

(5742 NE Mallory, 11 am, bands at 3 pm) REASON YOU MOVED TO PORTLAND FROM (The Bay Area/Seattle/The Midwest/Mid-Atlantic states) NUMBER 4538: These kids are opening their home so everyone can come buy, sell, and trade handmade goods (books, t-shirts, whatever) and listen to some great music (including the grinding, heavy Machine That Flashes doing a much-anticipated acoustic set, and one of sts' other bands, Shemo). There is nowhere else in this entire world as good as here. JS

31 KNOTS, RAFT OF DEAD MONKEYS, FUSAINE

(Meow Meow) Raft of Dead Monkeys are the sweet cereal variety pack of bands. While they're mostly punk-influenced, they still manage to toss in a hardcore or grungy song, or maybe a poppy number just to keep the room from breaking into some WTO riot-type shit. Check 'em out dudes--with our old righteous pals 31 Knots and Seattle's Fusaine. KS

SCHOOL DAYS QUINTET

(B Complex) You may know about the other Chicago "new jazz" dudes coming to town this week (Tortoise, Euphone, your granny), but for some true-school, Windy City avant-jazz, look to Ken Vandermark. A noted saxophonist and clarinetist, his School Days Quintet (also featuring Gastr Del Sol/Tortoise collaborator Jeb Bishop on trombone) is going to bust out the improv with vibes, drums, and bass, as well as Vandermark's masterful reeds. They're callin' it "post-bop," but we're just callin' it crazy. JS

DJ LOGIC, PROJECT LOGIC, THE WEEVER BROS.

(Crystal) If DJ Spooky is the Cecil Taylor of hip hop (intellectual and technically brilliant), then DJ Logic is the Ornette Coleman of hip hop (intuitive and creative). Indeed, DJ Spooky and DJ Logic should trade names, because Logic's music is everything but logical. It is filled with errors--which is a good thing--and sick loops, underwater utterances that enter and leave the off-beat structures and mangled melodic formulas. At times, Logic cuts a beat in the hurried manner a Chinese cook cuts a duck, or he takes it easy and lets the wheels do their Taoist thing. Like all experiments, some of his ideas are amazing and others total failures, but his successes usually occur when he is focused on the turntables, rather than a collaboration with another musician. CHARLES MUDEDE


SUNDAY 6/03

TORTOISE, NOBUKAZU TAKEMURA

(Roseland) Basically, it's like this: The new Tortoise album, Standards, blows TNT out of the fucking water. In fact, it pretty much blows every other album released so far this year out of the water. Pioneering electronic music with unmistakable guitar and the best beats currently in existence, wrapped up in a tighter, more concise package, this show will be F.U.N. Accompanying Tortoise is fellow Thrill Jockeyer Nobukazu Takemura, whose gentle electronica sometimes resembles British puppet music. Yup. JOE FAUSTIN KELLY See My What a Busy Week pg 13

TRICKY WOO

(Medicine Hat) All right kids, it's time to accept a reality about which we've all been in denial--Canadians can fucking ROCK. Tricky Woo don't bother with that pansy-assed, sensitive emo crap--they cut straight to the core of Motor City madness with a cheek-slapping mix of blues, punk, and soulful rock and roll. 1999's "Sometimes I Cry" put Jon Spencer to shame with its raw and dirty ode to the MC5. Their new CD, "Les Sables Magiques," is due in June and is rumored to be heavier and crasser than ever. If you need a reference point--think Mooney Suzuki meets the Stooges--guitar-smashing notwithstanding. Notorious for their sweat-pumping and ass-jiggling live shows, don't be surprised to find yourself stepping from your aloof indie rock comfort zone and getting down FOR REAL. AJR

SHEMO, ALISON WILLIAMS, JERK WITH A BOMB

(Meow Meow) Jerk with a Bomb is from Canada. As far as I'm concerned, that's all you need to know, but here's some more info anyway: they play rough-and-tumble, toy-piano acoustic rock with punk vocals and the occasional saxophone. It'll be fun in a very DIY way, and fans of It's Rubella shouldn't miss it. JS


MONDAY 6/04

JACKIE 60, JOEY ARIAS

(Dante's) If you were lucky enough to be kicking around NYC in the '90s, THE hottest underground show in town was in the meat packing district and called Jackie 60. Called "a kind of Cabaret Voltaire of the post-Foucault age," this every-Tuesday whacked-out event put the weirdness back in a dying club scene, where the entire venue would be changed (décor, performers and music) according to weekly "themes." With a new century comes new challenges, and so the Jackie Company is taking their bizarro gender-bending cabaret on the road, and setting down for a two-night extravaganza in P-town. What to expect? Well, check out the sign that used to hang on the club's door: "JACKIE 60 IS A CLUB FOR DOMINANT WOMEN, POETS, GAY MEN AND LESBIANS, FREE-THINKING HETEROSEXUALS, TRANSVESTITES AND TRANSEXUALS, FETISH DRESSERS, BISEXUALS, AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS, PLEASE DON'T COME IN.--THE MANAGEMENT." In other words, I'll see you there. WM.STEVEN HUMPHREY


TUESDAY 6/05

LONESONE ORGANIST, EUPHONE, THE PLANET THE

(Satyricon) After scaling down to a three-piece and taking several months off to reassess and write new songs, The Planet The recently have returned. (Yeah, but what the fuck are they called now? "The Planet"? "The Plan"? "Thee Assmonkees"? WHAT? -arts ed.) Before going to see them the other night, Miss Julianne Shepherd advised me to bring a colostomy bag. Listen to me now. I was absolutely floored. This is not some colorful exaggeration. I am trying to tell you how I feel, and I swear to you that if The Planet The isn't one of the most amazing bands in America right now, than I don't know what to believe anymore. Do you understand? OK, I feel better. JFK

FANTASTIC PLASTIC MACHINE, TIM "LOVE" LEE

(B Complex) Tomoyuki Tanaka, aka Fantastic Plastic Machine, makes electronic music for the beautiful people--flute solos and beats from the discotheque, martini-slogging, Love Boat-style glamour shots--but the thing is, it's not exclusive; he makes everyone feel beautiful and sexy and rich. It's for the drag queen sophisticate, the indiepop pimp, the deep-tanned Francophile, the Playstation2 fanatic--when he spins, the whole crowd gets carefree. JS


WEDNESDAY
6/06

CALEXICO, KINSBURY MANX, CARISSA'S WIERD

(Aladdin) Tuscon's Calexico blends creepy, delicate, mysterious and vast ideas like silent films, the Alamo, an abandoned horse and a lone SeƱorita to make beautifully unique, Latin-tinged, heartbreaking-voiced, country-ish folk rock. I made it sound like a horrible pastiche, but it comes together prettier and more austerely than a black-booted mariachi band. You shouldn't miss it. JS See CD Review pg 15

BOB LOG III, IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS, GASOLINE

(Satyricon) Bob Log III's tunes remind me of the music that Navin can't dance to at the beginning of the movie The Jerk. It's big old porch-style, Delta-Blues inspired noise guitar, with drum machines that add a bit of a modern edge. If you're looking for something different, this is definitely it. KS


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Thurs 5/30: Kristin Hersh, The Cock-Ups (Crocodile)

Fri 6/1: Tortoise (Showbox); Fastbacks (Crocodile)

Sat 6/2: Retsin, k., Jerk with a Bomb (Graceland)

Sun 6/3: Afro-Cuban All Stars (Paramount)

Tues 6/5: Bardo Pond, Mogwai (Showbox)

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