THURSDAY OCTOBER 4

CALL AND RESPONSE, PARKER AND LILY

(Meow Meow) Kindercore Records' Call and Response is a pop band that blends spacey, keyboard-heavy dance music with an overt '60s influence, à la the Free Design. If I had a nickel for every band I could apply the previous sentence to, I would be dead. But C.A.R. is special because they are fun to dance to, and their soaring vocal harmonies are elaborate and knowledgeable. They put a lot of thought and work into making well-crafted songs, rather than just being kitschy. And they're so happy, that if you wanted to take a tab of acid before this show, it would be relatively safe, psychologically speaking. JULIANNE SHEPHERD

FASHION SHOW BENEFIT

(Dante's) I generally feel that most fashion shows are pretty extreme most of the time--extremely retarded, that is. But this one seems like it could be way cooler than most, as it's a benefit for the Greenhouse Youth Shelter, and the press release promises "exotic performance and modeling." Performers include Miss B. Haven, Davis McGinty, and DJ Drue. As long as it's not Kate Moss, I'm willing. KATIA DUNN

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT

(Berbati's) Not much goth/industrial shit rolls into Portland, and I know the kids still love it, 'cuz I saw one driving around with a Kult sticker on her car yesterday. This is a good time to get your fix from one of the classic groups. I wish I could say they were better these days, but frankly, I think their vocalist is really annoying. KATIE SHIMER

SORIAH, FAUN FABLES

(Satyricon) Faun Fables makes the kind of music that emanates from fairy rings, with guitar, autoharp, horns, and flutes influenced by the vocalist's voyages to Ireland, Germany, and Italy. (But, to clarify, it's neat and not hippie at all.) Their magical dirges sound a little gothic, and though Dawn McCarthy's singing wavers between being mysteriously dense and scratchy, and the sort of wonky stuff you might hear at a Renaissance Fair, her voice is extraordinarily beautiful. Her timbre sounds intimate and melancholy in a way that--please excuse the comparison--sounds similar to Chan Marshall, and McCarthy projects her soprano with astonishing, lush clarity. JS

SYSTEM & STATION, ROOM 101, ...THEN POLAND

(Blackbird) System & Station, one of the many bands that has recently relocated to Portland, has a guitar rock sound spilling over with aggressive energy and really good hooks. Vocally, they have that desperate emo sound that cracks in all the right places--but it's not as cliché as it sounds, and sometimes the screams of pissy urgency snag against the guitar parts in a way that just might move you. JS


FRIDAY OCTOBER 5

"UP IN SPACE": MERCURY HOMECOMING DANCE STARRING DJ GLEE CLUB (AKA THE INCREDIBLE KID)

(Conan's Pub) The entirety of the sole dance I attended in high school was spent in the girls' bathroom with my friend Marie, who was avoiding her date (Skippy, wearing a white tux), while my date (Steve, gay) ditched me for our friend LaKieda. Somehow, it all culminated in a photo of me (with chopsticks in my hair and rhinestones superglued to my eyes like Björk) and Steve (donning Kieda's dashiki). I was later forced to burn that photo in shame. Luckily, tonight you'll be able to relive those awkward and painful high school days (and take more great photos!), at "Up in Space," the Mercury's peppy yet sexy Homecoming Dance! There will be cheerleaders, a mascot, Principal Wm. Steven Humphrey, and DJ Glee Club, whose self-proclaimed duty is to keep our high school (yet over-21) booties rocking on the dance floor. Come relive the best days of your life! JS

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN

(Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark) The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, from Russia, will be performing some awesome music tonight that isn't part of the typical Handel-Bach yawnfest of many orchestras. Tonight, you can hear Edvard Grieg's Holberg's Suite, which is an awesome, bright baroque piece that you would probably recognize. They're also performing Divertimento, by one of my favorite composers, Bela Bartok. Old Bela blended Austrian folk music into his compositions, and some of his work sounds really eerie and vampiric, but also very pretty. Divertimento was written in 1939 and reflects the depressive gray pallor over pre-WWII Europe. Then they'll play some Tchaikovsky, who is the guy who wrote all that fruity ballet music that I find too fucking happy. JS

COOL NUTZ CD RELEASE, LIFESAVAS, REPARATIONS

(Berbati's) Cool Nutz and Lifesavas are the two most up and coming hiphop players in Portland. Support them. KD

PEDRO THE LION, STARFLYER 59, 31KNOTS, SELDOM

(Meow Meow) Seldom is one of those bands which, I suspect, probably tears your heart out onstage but its merit is in the slow sincerity of the vocals, rather than the objective talent of the musicians. In other words, they play with their hearts. It'll probably jive really well with 31Knots, because they also play like someone's waiting to cut off their head as soon as they get off the stage. KD

TARA JANE O'NEIL, THALIA ZEDEK, THE PLACES

(Blackbird) Come vocalist's Thalia Zedek's throaty crooning will make you faint. See CD Review pg 13

RUDY RAY MOORE, SPINBAD, ETC.

(Cobalt) See Music pg 13

ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

(B Complex) See Music pg 15


SATURDAY OCTOBER 6

LAST OF THE JUANITAS, PLUG SPARK SANJAY, THE DUTCH FLAT

(Blackbird) See Music pg 15

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, THE SWORDS PROJECT, THE PROM

(Aladdin) I feel very lukewarm about Death Cab for Cutie as a band, but I can honestly say that their new record, The Photo Album, is actually pretty okay! It's not going to change my life anytime soon, or even incite a formidable amount of emotion within me, but the songwriting is really solid, and the old indie rock cliches are replaced by more advanced, introspective piano and intelligent, mellow melodies. If they're not already there, this record is going to push Death Cab to the top of the midstream, with its inviting hooks and accessible sentiment. To all who love indierock but hate Death Cab, I would recommend listening to the new album just to see if you like it, because it even turned my cold, blackened heart around a bit. JS

CHARM BRACELET BENEFIT PARTY

(425 SE Third, 8 pm) The Charm Bracelet, that arty film forum run by the never-tired Brad Adkins, needs some money to implement more crazy projects. The recommended donation for this rooftop, warehouse show is "$3-$500," although I'm sure if you want to donate $501, you won't be turned away. And you get to listen to The Dimes, whose poppy keyboards and rainy harmonies invoke a precise back-alley drama, the kind where ladies' mascara runs and they lose earrings because their lovers are jerks. JS

Q-BURNS ABSTRACT MESSAGE

(Ohm) Michael Donaldson, aka Q-Burns, lays down the IDM/club/dance beats mellow-style. He layers angelic female vocals over his floaty tracks, but the consistent bubbly DJing is the best part--especially since he's playing at "The Grind" of Portland. KS

GAS HUFFER, LOPEZ, CHERRY BOMB

(Ash) See My What a Busy Week pg 11


SUNDAY OCTOBER 7

HIPHOP IN THE PARK

(Alberta Park, NE 22nd & Killingsworth) This day-long hiphop party is positive, grassroots, and free! Complete schedule on page 9, and story on page 8, where you can discover why Michael Crenshaw and Roderick Franklin are two of the coolest people in Portland, and the whole fucking world. JS

APPLES IN STEREO, THE MINDERS

(Satyricon) Apples in Stereo is part of the venerable Elephant 6 collective, which came about in the mid '90s and included Beatles-and-Zombies-inspired bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, the Olivia Tremor Control, Secret Square, and Elf Power. The best of the bunch is by far Neutral Milk Hotel, but the strong, ultra-sunny second best is the happy Apples in Stereo, whose Her Wallpaper Reverie is not only the band's most stoned-out and wonderful pop record, but one of the 25 best stoned-out pop records to happen in the last couple decades. The new EP Let's Go! is as chipper as the title implies it will be. It's no Her Wallpaper Reverie, but then that would be virtually impossible. JEFF DeROCHE

THE FAINT, NOW IT'S OVERHEAD, THAT 1 GUY, THE PRIDS

(B Complex) The Faint is back in town again, touring behind Danse Macabre, an expectedly dark record that showcases the band's angstful appreciation for new wave. The Faint is unequivocally a strutting group of posers, which is what makes the band appealing to most of its fans: Kids freak out on the fog machines and the psychodrama, and there is actually a ticket-buying contingent out there that is too young to recognize how retro and vanilla the Faint actually is. The Faint shares this bill with Now It's Overhead, more pretty pop from Saddle Creek Records. JEFF DeROCHE

TOO $HORT

(Roseland) Too $hort is "back by popular demand," which means there are a lot more dumb misogynists in this town than I thought. JS

BENEFIT FOR PORTLAND PEACEFUL RESPONSE STARRING SYSTEMWIDE, NAPBOULE, DJ S-DUB, DJ E-3

(Berbati's) For a mere $5 or more, you can see some of Portland's best in electronic dub, reggae, and African-style DJs, plus hear real Oregonians talking about Islam, rebuilding education in Somalia, and peace, in ways that are intelligent. And your money goes to Portland Peaceful Response, which is made up of Anarchists, Socialists, and Pinko Commies (god love 'em), and also grandmothers, schoolteachers, public servants, little kids, and other rational people who want the current situation to be handled in a very mature, thoughtful, and intelligent manner. I'm betting there'll be a lotta love at this gig. JS


MONDAY OCTOBER 8

THE NOBODYS, SK & THE PUNKASS BITCHES, GLASS CANDY & THE SHATTERED THEATRE, THE CONVOCATION OF...

(Satyricon) Baltimore's the Convocation Of... produces post-rock noise that unfurls soundscapes of cramped nightmares. The dark guitar work of Tonie Joy (Moss Icon, Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against) sounds like a large, surgical claw, balling up and releasing tangled rhythms which switch course multiple times within the shape of one song. Straight melodies fall into dizzying spins before shifting to slower motion while the drum/bass partnership adds to the scientific chaos of discordant punk. This is an intense act, which isn't lessened in the least bit by Joy's spurts of hardcore vocals. With Guy Blakeslee (Behind Closed Doors) on bass and George France on drums, the Convocation Of... is a live act that only strengthens its grip on the dark sonic side when given the chance to sweat out its demons live. JENNIFER MAERZ


TUESDAY OCTOBER 9

LOVE LIFE, THE GET HUSTLE

(Blackbird) See Music pg 13

TIGHT BROS FROM WAY BACK WHEN, C AVERAGE, CHERRY VALENCE, LACHRYMATOR

(Satyricon) See My What a Busy Week pg 11


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10

IGGY POP/STOOGES TRIBUTE NIGHT

(Fez) There was a time when going to a show held the lurid possibility of seeing a whirling dervish slash his own chest with razor blades while belting out some of the most incendiary music you'd ever heard. That dervish was Iggy Pop and those days are over, which is why legions of bands are gearing up to pay him tribute. Bonesperm, Fireballs of Freedom, Crack City Rockers, Kleveland, Goddamn Gentlemen, The Weaklings, Birdie Num Num, The Gleaners, Marquis de Suave, Glitterfuck, and Bizarre Piss aren't even all the bands on this exhaustive list of performers. Even if there's no bloodshed, the potential for boredom is extremely low, with each band only playing a few songs. The über-karaoke chaos implicit in this show ought to be a bowing and scraping ode to one of the most influential and spastic figures in rock history. MARJORIE SKINNER

CABAL, WORMWOOD, THE PHANTOM ROCKERS, NYARLATHOTEP

(Ash Street) Wormwood is a multi-dimensional Seattle band for people who like the depth of depression with their hardcore, and a dark, misanthropic edge to their screaming, bleeding vocals. JS

MOTHBALL, HOLY SONS, GLACIER PARK

(Blackbird) Sometimes you want a band to gently pull open your heart and show you where it hurts. At this show, all three bands--muted, guitar-based and vocally tender--massage your sadness. If you don't feel better afterwards, at least take solace in the knowledge that there are other people out there who feel just as shitty as you! JS

ORGANIC MECHANIC CD RELEASE, GREEN CIRCLES, THE FILM

(Berbati's) Organic Mechanic is weird. They somehow get away with having a rock 'n' roll edge, a jazzy saxophonist, and a loud big band sound, and yet they're not annoying. The production on their new self-titled CD is amazing, so that maybe what's swaying me--but their guitar playing is really clear and adept, and the vocals mix well, so that might be it too. They're a little funky, and a little jammy, but they're also a little rock--which is the good part. KS


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Fri 10/5: Death Cab (Crocodile); Breakestra (I-Spy)

Sat 10/6: Thalia Zedek, Tara Jane O'Neil (Breakroom); Convocation of..., Glass Candy (Paradox)

Sun 10/7: Dave Douglas' Witness (Sit & Spin)

Tues 10/9: Dilated Peoples (Showbox)

Wed 10/10: Love Life, Get Hustle (Paradox)

For more info, visit www.thestranger.com

New Releases Oct. 9: Agnostic Front, Aereogramme*, Beachwood Sparks, Bubba Sparxx, Death Cab for Cutie*, Julie Doiron*, Goblins, Haymarket Riot*, International Noise Conspiracy*, Les Savy Fav*, Lilac Time, loscil*, Scout Niblett, Parker Paul, Readymade, Jonathan Richman*, Stars of the Lid*, Jenny Toomey*

*= may actually turn out okay