THE HEAVENS HAVE PARTED: And behind them was OZONE Records, resurrected and opening within the next two weeks, supposedly. The new location is at 701 E. Burnside, and will have a listening bar stocked with frigging Stumptown Coffee, for god's sakes! Give me a hairpin and call me a hooker--Ozone, baby, I'm comin' home!


THURSDAY 2/28

LABORATORY TRAINWRECK, SUPER UNITY

(Gracie's Church, 602 NE Prescott, 7 pm) Alphabet Dress, the travelling art show featuring affordable-yet-non-amateur art, also has neat live music. This month: Laboratory Trainwreck, who will give you acid freakouts while you peruse letterpress prints with their ambient psychedelia; and Super Unity, aka "The SuperSexy Unity Group," which is improvised jazz--sure to crack open your brain while you're buying a landscape t-shirt. JULIANNE SHEPHERD

CUSPIDOR, SOMERSAULT, CULOTTES, BUTTERFLY TRANSFORMATION SERVICE, BEVERAGE

(Star E. Rose, 2403 NE Alberta, 7 pm) The lo-fi trio Culottes is Liza Stillhard on piano, Jeremy Romanga on brushed drums, and the endearing vocals of Iris Porter. Their acoustic pop songs are like little poems, somewhat quiet and intimate, nothing too complex, and heartfelt in their simplicity. Coincidentally, Porter is also the coordinator of DIYinPDX, a public scrapbook chronicling... DIY in PDX... for which this is a benefit. For the price of donation, you also get to see Kathy Foster's lovely Butterfly Transformation Service, Somersault (including The Disappearer's Steve Gevurtz and new Mercury intern Owen Ashworth), and The Beverage, featuring Heart Beats Red drummer Mike Angell. JS

THE GOOD LIFE, AZURE RAY, MATT POND PA, BADGER KING

(Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy) Folks who saw the Good Life (Cursive frontman Tim Kasher's other project) last time it came to town will recall the set to have been a bit more rocking than it was the time prior. Not rocking like the brilliant emo purge that fuels Cursive, mind you; the Good Life is still very much a pop band. But it's a real band now, fleshed-out and functioning less as a solo project for Kasher than it was when he toured in support of the Good Life's debut. The new album has Kasher in top form: voice buttery, heart on sleeve, and hooks aplenty. JEFF DeROCHE

THE STANDARD, THE NO-NOS, NO. 2

(Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny) Though the No-Nos write catchy, exuberant pop songs, their main problem has always been that, in a live setting, vocalist Robin Bowser can't sing on key. Hopefully, this won't be the case tonight; the record they're releasing tonight, Let Your Shadow Out, is sweet and whimsical, buzzing with fresh-faced "yeah yeahs" and goofy enthusiasm, with only a couple tracks (the ballads) where Bowser's spastic voice grates. Also playing is The Standard, who recently signed a deal with Chicago's Touch & Go Records, for a new album to be released in summer. The Standard is a very tight, hardworking, high-energy rock band with good stage presence that lots of Portlanders love. Personally, I ain't feeling it--though I can't deny that, live, they're always spot-on, there's a specific emotional element I require to enjoy music, and I don't find it with the Standard. However, every time I express this sentiment to "those with whom I share sexual congress and many musical opinions," I am responded with, "You should hear their new record." Hmm. JS


FRIDAY 3/1

SUNSET VALLEY, FOR STARS, MIGALA

(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Both Migala and for stars have one foot firmly on the ground and one in the netherworld, occupying that fragile zone between cognizance and fantasy. The music is spooky in the most beautiful way possible, gorgeously disorienting. On its Sub Pop debut, Spain's Migala often comes across like Leonard Cohen sleepwalking through the Arizona desert. Shades of the Tindersticks and Ennio Morricone tint the landscape a gorgeous sepia tone. San Francisco's For Stars casts a similar sort of spell, putting its own spin on modern Americana. BARBARA MITCHELL

ENGORGED, LORD GORD, BUNG, EVIL CHUCK'S IRONIC DEMISE, UPLIFTED

(Satyricon, 125 NW 6th) Hey, is your Grandma coming to town? Check out the fast 'extreme metal' of Engorged (a death metal/hardcore blend), complete with screaming and growling, lyrics about drugs, alcohol, horror movies, and violence. This show is for boys under 25 that draw anarchy symbols on their walls, play way too many video games, bootleg tapes--or CDs, rather--and rarely get laid. It should be an insane time, though. KATIE SHIMER

THE DUTCH FLAT, THE BUILDING PRESS, SUPER UNITY, CHUCK

(Blackbird) See Music pg 15

PAUL OAKENFOLD

(Crystal, 1332 W Burnside) The king of movie soundtracks (See: Planet of the Apes, Swordfish, Memento, etc.) and called the best DJ in the world, Mr. Studmuffin Oakenfold blesses Portland with his presence. Actually, that sounds sarcastic, but Paul really does tear it up at the turntables, starting with simple computer beats and adding in longer keyboard pieces, vocals, and then speeds it all up into what can only become dance mayhem. This shit is real click. KS

THA LIKS, LIVING LEGENDS, DEFARI, COOL NUTZ

(Roseland, NW 6th & Burnside) I imagine that if you like tha Liks, you've probably already seen them once or twice, as they have played in every city in America about 5000 times. More exciting might be the Living Legends, an underground act out of Oakland, who always put on killer shows. Living Legends' last album, Angels With Dirty Faces, was really, really great. Their sound is clean, their rhymes are incredibly fast and tight, and their deejaying is sophisticated. Plus, they have a lot of progressive things to say. KD

GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI

(Music Millennium, 801 NW 23rd, 7 pm, free) As with all good pop that features strings and keyboards in addition to the usual guitar-bass-drum setup, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci dazzles with radiant freshness in spite of its obvious ties to the past. What singer Euros Childs lacks in lyrical ability (not dumb, just simple and breezy lines), the band makes up for in whimsy and odd placement of instrumental punch. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci distinguishes itself in an increasingly crowded genre by maintaining an element of sweet, charming surprise. KATHLEEN WILSON


SATURDAY 3/2

BLAK SCIENZ TRIBE, AL-1 SAWIF, THE PERCEPTION, DJ BIGGS, DJ AUDIO, X-KID, SOUND SCULPTURES, SEVENTH SCIENCE, WONE

(Paris Theater, 6 SW 3rd) Black Scienz Tribe has a lot of instruments, and amazingly good coordination among all of them. They're hiphop/jazz, but specific to Portland--Illaj, the glue to the group and also the primary emcee, grew up with local superstars like Hungry Mob and Lifesavas, and admits that they've been his main influences. Plus, Esperanza, who plays the upright bass, is one of the most talented women in Portland. KATIA DUNN See Feature pg 8

GARMONBOZIA, MINE 37, DUTCH FLAT

(Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine) Upon hearing Garmonbozia, you might wonder how the band has the time to write such carefully orchestrated music. Taking a cue from the symphonic rock of Pink Floyd, Yes, maybe Frank Zappa without the cheekiness, Garmonbozia writes enormous songs with perfect, falsetto harmonies and a good balance of grandiosity and "rockosity." The Dutch Flat, too, are a great band, but in a different way; they pair jarring post-punk with the most melt-worthy vocals and impressive, agitated energy. JS

GODLINGS, JOLENES

(Tonic, 3100 NE Sandy) The Godlings' new EP gives their gig away with track nine--it's called "4AD Girl," and it's apparently in reference to the label that helped spawned the shoegazer sound the Godlings love. With a basis of My Bloody Valentine and Lush, Godlings put their guitars in overdrive for songs that boast more melody than their wall-of-sound forebears. Their vocals, however, are very poppy, possibly spawned from alternative radio and an abundance of caffeinated soda. Their sound is a bit dated, but it's fun, well-executed, and the matching of super-fuzzy, space guitars with pop-punk melodies is actually pretty charming. JS

HELIO SEQUENCE, SWORDS PROJECT, MONO

(Berbati's) The Helio Sequence, an excellent duo with blissed-out, spastic live shows, is reason enough to head down to this show tonight. Instrumental Japanese quartet Mono, though, is the icing on the cake. Mono's songs begin gently, often with just one guitar making noise. The players look down at the floor a lot. Maybe they don't want to watch you watching them. Maybe they hate you. Maybe they're wicked shoegazers. You'll never know. The other musicians begin to layer the sound, coming in over the lone guitar one by one. Slowly the sound builds... and builds... until a gigantic, spaced-out rock and roll onslaught has taken over the showroom, and your senses. JEFF DeROCHE


SUNDAY 3/3

DRESSY BESSY, DEATHRAY DAVIES

(Blackbird) See Music pg 17

*NSYNC

(Rose Garden) *NSync in spaaaace! See One Day pg 5


MONDAY 3/4

THE SUNSHINE PLAGUE TRAVELLING REVUE STARRING GREG WEEKS, AROAH, NONLOC, TIMESBOLD, YUME BITSU

(Meow Meow) Check it: Cats with acoustic guitars be PISSED when y'all are talking and clinking glasses and shit, while they singing to you about the time they almost slit they wrist after reading some Sartre. So the Sunshine Plaguers, which consists of three New Yorkian psych folksters (Greg, Nonloc--Mark of the band Bright--and Timesbold) and one American-expatriate-turned-Spaniard (Aroah), have set out on an acoustic tour to wipe out the talkers, or at least subdue them for awhile. They probably won't have any problem; the Sunshine Plaguers are unique and lovely and will hold your attention unequivocally. In fact, upon hearing Greg Weeks' record on Ba Da Bing!, I fell to the ground, fainting from beauty and totally getting a rip in the ass of my miniskirt. Greg's voice is soft as a leaf on a winter morn, full of weirdo mellotron, harmonium, organ, piano, etc. It's fucking cool and even though I hate to make comparisons, it reminds me of Nick Drake and Os Mutantes at the same time. Yeah, serious! The rest of the musicians are wonderful, too, but I've run out of space. Please attend, you won't regret it. JS

DANIEL JOHNSTON, MOLDY PEACHES, HOLY SONS, LITTLE WINGS

(Blackbird) Why is Daniel Johnston like Beethoven? Because they both had an immortal beloved, a muse whose elusive qualities inspired pretty much their entire body of work. And though Beethoven may get the garlands of history, Daniel Johnston is more likely to make you feel his pain. Years have gone by since he first started singing his beautifully disturbing laments, but Johnston hasn't changed much, which is part of his eternal attraction. No matter if you've gotten over the romantic-agony phase of your life; as long as there is a Daniel Johnston, you can always return to the well. SEAN NELSON See Music pg 17


TUESDAY 3/5

KAITO, STRATFORD 4

(Blackbird) See Music pg 15

PARTY TIME, MICHO DE NOCHE, BLEACHMOBILE

(Satyricon) Portland's Party Time are a fun rock band. There aren't a lot of other ways to explain them, because they aren't pushing the envelope or going to be the next Steve Malkmus. However, I never really cared about that when I've seen them, as I've been drunk every time--as they prefer their audience to be--and had a good time just because they were a fun rock band. The rest of the bands on the bill are similar in progressiveness and drunkenness. KD


WEDNESDAY 3/6

RYAN ADAMS, LEONA NAESS

(Roseland) Ryan Adams is that dude from Whiskeytown that everyone has a big boner for, but supposedly, if you are a writer and say something bad about him, he will find out your home phone number and yell into your answering machine. At least that's what I read in the Village Voice. JS

DEAD LOW TIDE, PLEASURE FOREVER, LONGSHOT

(Meow Meow) Leslie headed back to the Motor City. Dann DJs. Derek founded Pretty Girls Make Graves. And now Spencer, Coady, Nate (the remaining three from the ashes of Murder City Devils), and former godheadSilo bassist Mike Kunka are lifting the veil on their new project, Dead Low Tide. Word has it that bass "enthusiast" Kunka plays through a machine originally built by Boeing; the apparatus was used to vibrate plane parts as a means of testing their ability to hold together under extreme stress. Lord knows what it can do for the low end! Don't forget to bring your earplugs and a shoehorn to wedge yourself into prime listening position... about as far to the rear as you can get, if godheadSilo shows were any indication. (With Pleasure Forever, who recently relocated to PDX.) KATHLEEN WILSON

FIVE FINGERS OF FUNK, DJ MELLO CEE

(Lola's at the Crystal Ballroom) It is not exactly clear why Five Fingers of Funk have yet to bust into the big time, but the self-acclaimed, eight-piece hiphop band has been on the brink since they started eight years ago. In 1998, they toured with Fishbone and (appropriately enough) Maceo Parker. Everywhere they went--from Boulder to Bozeman, Montana--they were labeled as a "band to watch." But now, four years later, they still seem to be standing at the altar. A three-piece horn section with enough talent to raise the roof on any municipal auditorium backs up the good natured and inspired raps of lead man Pete Miser. But FOF is too clean, too apolitical, and has too few rough edges for anyone to really grab hold of and claim as their own band. All this is not to say the band is not fun. PHIL DOT BUSSE

UPRITE DUB ARKESTRA, MONEY & LOVIN', GRAND UNION

(Mt. Tabor, 4811 SE Hawthorne) With a smooth, upbeat, live band complete with horns and slow, funky bass, Money & Lovin' has a good groove on. The jazzy hiphop group includes two tight emcees and a great female vocalist; their rhymes are pretty old school--like Sugar Hill style--talking about dancing and opening your mind and such, and the groove is super laidback; definitely go if you like to dance and feel good. JS

BASTINADO VS BURNING CINDYS, THE KIBOSH, KOBRA KAI

(Blackbird) Despite the fact that the two bands sound nothing alike, I always get the Burning Cindys mixed up with Carissa's Wierd, I think because both names sound like they were made up in order to dis on someone's ex-girlfriend. Even funnier, I always thought, would be a band called, "Katie is a Skanky Ho," or "Amy Slept with Bo," or something like that. Anyway, Burning Cindys rock hard, and even if they were bad (which they're not), they'd still be good, due to their incredible energy on stage. This is a battle of the bands contest between Burning Cindys and Bastinado, who will face off, onstage, at the very same time! KD


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Fri 3/1: The Briefs, The Epoxies (Graceland)
Mon 3/4:
Kaito (Sit & Spin); Living Legends (Showbox)
Tue 3/5:
Guided by Voices (Crocodile); Ghidra (Re-Bar)
Wed 3/6:
Daniel Johnston, Moldy Peaches (Crocodile)

For more info, visit www.thestranger.com

New Releases March 5: Buffalo Daughter*, Catheters, Loren MazzaCane Connors*, Dirty Dirty, Karate*, Kilowatthours, Long Winters*, Mirah*, Songs: Ohia, Volumizer, Winter Blanket, Young and Sexy

* = may actually turn out okay