THURSDAY 8/2

CUSPIDOR 7" RELEASE PARTY, ROY TINSEL

(Red & Black) See 7-inch Sendup, pg 13

THE ICARUS LINE, PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES

(Pine Street) The Icarus Line takes a bunch of different hardcore musical styles and squishes them into a delicious, meaty patty. They've got driving metal riffs and constant badass drumming, screeching vocals (that, sorry--remind me of Marilyn Manson), and a slight twinge of morbidity. At least on the CD, their performance is woven tight, so if you like the angry shit, go watch some talented musicians wail on. Also, take this opportunity to check out Seattle's fabulous Pretty Girls Make Graves. KATIE SHIMER

SLEATER-KINNEY, THE HAGGARD

(B Complex) While Dig Me Out and Call the Doctor are the best examples of the band, Sleater-Kinney still puts on an extremely rocking live show, and Carrie Brownstein is the best dancer in the universe. Here's something to think about: they were Time magazine's band of the year--not exactly something that garners a ton of cred in the indie scene they sprouted from. But Time is comprised of a bunch of conservative, crusty old white dudes, and if they want to pick a trio of youthful ladies as their band of the year, then it's a triumph for us all. Now, my lady friends, when is your band playing next? JULIANNE SHEPHERD

YES

(Chateau Ste. Michel, Seattle) Normally we wouldn't write about a show so far away, but it is fucking YES, and they're playing in the same week as KING CRIMSON, and this is totally proof of prog's imminent return. That, and I would sell off my children, if I had any, to go to this show. JS


FRIDAY 8/3

TRICKY, EMILIANA TORRINI

(B Complex) I was emailing a friend of mine about going to see Tricky, and she emailed me back the following: "I saw him once, and it sucked. Well, I might chalk it up to the venue, which was huge, but it was just a lot of noise, and no real substance at all." Since B Complex is neither huge nor poorly equipped, I'm definitely choosing to chalk it up to the venue, because I can't stand the thought of not seeing Tricky when he's in town. (But if he's bad, you can't say I didn't warn you.) Plus, B Complex is perfectly designed for mellow trip-hop acts exactly like Tricky. If he's not good tonight, ladies and gents, he's never gonna be. KATIA DUNN

LEATHER, FEATHERS, & FUR FETISH BALL

(Adriana Hill Grand Ballroom) There has long been an affinity between gay men and Disney movies, according to the Deviant Desires website. This is offered as a possible explanation as to why there is such a thing as a "furvert"--someone who sexualizes childhood cartoon icons. Leather, Feathers & Fur, a fetish costume ball benefiting the Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, might sound like the perfect place for the aforementioned fuzzy-wubby fetishists, but they are conspicuously missing in the title. This is tragic, as they might get some really fascinating costumes in the contest, rather than the tired dominatrices/sexy nurse/naughty schoolgirl/vampire crowd. KATE MERCIER

MOBY, NEW ORDER, OUTKAST, THE ROOTS, RINOCEROSE, PAUL OAKENFOLD, THE ORB, TIMO MAAS

(Gorge) With a line-up like this--including two stages and God knows what else--it's an amazing feat that one band can come along and make the rest of Moby's Area: One festival irrelevant. However, when you have New Order on the bill, everything else is just expensive gravy. I mean... it's freakin' New Order! These are the guys who wrote "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Blue Monday." Blue freakin' Monday! They're only doing a literal handful of dates this summer and we get one of them. And only a week after Depeche Mode came to town. It's like a brave new world of bedroom gloom! Thank God I didn't throw out my black clothes! JAMIE S. RICH

IN MUSIC WE TRUST ANNIVERSARY W/ BETTY ALREADY, LUTHER RUSSELL, PINEHURST KIDS

(Dante's) Four years ago, a barely pubescent Alex Steininger began In Music We Trust, a music-related web magazine. Now 21 years old, Steininger has nurtured his website into a full-scale record label, and he releases such established Portland acts as Luther Russell and Sean Croghan. Steininger's also a bit of a publicity wunderkind, promoting the records of a slew of other musicians. He's an excellent example of the kids doin' it for themselves, and also seems to have an endless pool of energy from which he finds the time and love. Saunter over to Dante's for the first of two In Music We Trust four-year anniversary parties, and give ol' Alex a hug for having his shit together. JS


SATURDAY 8/4

PORK TORTA, THE BUGS' LAST SHOW

(Blackbird) Sometimes there are bands you want to ask, "Where the fuck are you coming from, dude?" But not in an "I want to punch you in the face" way... in an "I am suspended in awestruck admiration for your completely skewed and wonderful outlook on life" way. Both the Pork Torta and the Bugs are those sorts of bands. They're punk, sort of, and sometimes lay down dance beats--the Torta more subdued, the Bugs more improv--and they do not give a FUCK. With their music, they are willing to walk the line between rock and being certifiably crackers--much to your satisfaction. JS

KING LOUIE ONE-MAN BAND, JOEY SHITHEAD, GOTHIC OUTHOUSE, FRANCES FARMER GALS

(Ash Street) D.O.A. frontman Joey Shithead does some spoken word. I guess this is the week of funny-named, ex-punk rocker, political speakers in Portland--or maybe they're planning something... like SEVERE TAKEOVER! KS

BENEFIT FOR THE BLACK & BLUE STARRING THE CURSE, HARUM SCARUM, THE AMALGAMATED EVERLASTING UNION CHORUS

(Red & Black) How is the Amalgamated Everlasting Union Chorus going to fit in the fairly small Red & Black Café? That sight--a whole union chorus in a cramped space--is worth your attendance alone. But then there's rad punk from the Curse and Harum Scarum, and it's a benefit, so you get to have fun AND feel good about yourself. JS

JONATHAN RICHMAN, RALLY BOY

(Berbati's, 8 pm) It seems like Jonathan Richman plays here about five times a year, and so you probably already have his set list memorized. ("Vampire Girl," "Let Her Go into the Darkness," "Something about Mary," "I was Dancing in a Lesbian Bar" and if you're really lucky, "Roadrunner.") But still, you go back every time. EVERY time. Why? Because you just want to bask in his charm. And you're right. Every time I see him play, I wish he was my boyfriend, even though he is 20 years older than me and I have usually been at his shows with an ACTUAL boyfriend, and the actual boyfriend usually wanted him to be his boyfriend, too. Confused? Yeah... wait until JoJo melts your heart. JS

JOURNEY, PETER FRAMPTON, JOHN WAITE

(Gorge) The rumor is that Journey is now lead by some karaoke dork that sounds like Steve Perry. Ironically, Journey got me to sing my first karaoke song--"Anyway you want it," when I was extremely shit-faced, and uninhibited enough to do metal kicks and stage jumps--and I love them for that. Wait... what am I saying? I love Journey for more than that. I love Journey for their tearful rock ballads and consistent ability to get me some lovin', touchin', and squeezin' every time I welcome them into the CD player. KS

BROUN FELLINIS, DJ IZM

(Ohm) Though the members of San Francisco's Broun Fellinis once modeled with Hollywood brat Drew Barrymore for a popular magazine, they have been never been popular or played pop music. They are (and have always been) underground musicians, whose sound exists somewhere between experimental jazz, abstract hiphop, and psychedelic funk. I watched them perform many years ago in a small club in San Francisco, and thought for sure they were going to become as famous as 24-7 Spyz (who had a modest hit at the time--a funk/punk cover of "Jungle Boogie") or Bad Brains. And they almost did. But somehow they missed the stars and returned back to the cold earth, where they now play their twisted funk/jazz/hiphop from the groove of the gutter. CHARLES MUDEDE


SUNDAY 8/5

PATTI SMITH

(Crystal) I think that Patti Smith was once great. I'm sorry, but I no longer think she's great, and I'd rather just remember her in all her great glory, than be depressed by her non-greatness. KD

LIPIZZANER STALLIONS ANNIVERSARY SHOW

(Rose Garden) The Lipizzaner Stallions are actual horses that are bred to dance. This 31st Anniversary show will incorporate brand new music, costumes, and horse choreography. It is only by a devastating twist of fate that they are performing on the same night as Patti Smith. Are you not wrought with confusion? Doesn't it haunt you in the night? "Dancing... horses..." like ghost whispers in your mind? JS


MONDAY 8/6

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS

(Roseland) The Toots' touring career has been sustained through diligent incremental releases of the "Best of," "Very best of," and "Very, Very Best of" variety, which suggests that they're planning to stick with the classics--and that's fine with me. Anticipate some good old reggae stylin' and social/political consciousness meets feel-good vibe. If they do it right, they won't include too much of that cheesy '80s and early '90s synthesizer crap that unfortunately infected so many good reggae groups. TAMARA LARSON

TRISTEZA, HELMS

(Meow Meow) San Diego's Tristeza makes escapist instrumental pop (think modern soundtrack music) that is gratifying to listen to and genuinely transporting in a live setting. A quintet comprised of former punk rockers, Tristeza's keyboard-and-guitar-driven music reflects band members' experiences by sounding seasoned and accomplished, but perhaps more importantly, their sound exemplifies the group's fine taste--melodies are generous, songs are relatively short, and every sound is essential. JEFF DeROCHE


TUESDAY 8/7

PEACHES, TAYLOR SAVVY

(Dante's) See Music pg 13


WEDNESDAY 8/8

ASPECTS OF PHYSICS, STRATEGY, ROB WALMART

(Blackbird) See My, What a Busy Week pg 11

TOOL, KING CRIMSON

(Schnitzer Hall) See Music pg 13


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Sat 8/4: Patti Smith, Sleater-Kinney (Pier 62/63)

Wed 8/8: Squarepusher, Plaid, Mira Calix (Showbox)

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