THURSDAY 3/14

LAMBCHOP, DAVID KILGOUR

(St. John's Pub) You can almost hear the years and languishing freedom that went into making David Kilgour's new solo release, A Feather in the Engine. Rangy acoustic and electric guitars yawn. Their melodies unfold with loose ease as the instrumental opening track sets the tone for what will be, start to finish, an eclectic listening experience. Kilgour, who fronts New Zealand's the Clean, a cult favorite for more than two decades, admits that the songs on the record represent his varied styles. The songs roll with purpose; dreamy instrumentals and near-instrumentals rise, fade, and are reprised later as songs, featuring infectiously catchy guitar lines that stand even more stunning among the chiming lead-ins. KATHLEEN WILSON

NERDMUSIC: N-GRAVA, NORTHERN SHORES

(Rabbit Hole) I like the idea of Nerd Music, whose goal is to promote electronic music in Portland. The very name of the group implies that they're just a bunch of regular folks geeking out over programming and stuff, which takes a lot of the mystery and pretense away from the idea of electronic music. And they've got some great music, too. N-Grava's neatly malfunctioning electronic beats crack and pop with the voracity of live wires pulsing in pools of water. He lets his excellent rhythms hold down the weight of his music, and the melodically abstract yet pretty-sounding notes ring around them moodily. Northern Shores takes regular-sounding tech and hiphop beats and layers them with irregular sounding, almost exotic melodies--bells and tinny vibraphone sounds, telephone rings, goofy toy rhythms, pleasing avant pianos. This is all very cool, unassuming, and charming. JS

DIMMU BORGIR, CRYPTOPSY

(Roseland) Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir almost makes me feel old, they're so filled with angst and death metal energy. Don't get me wrong, I hate tons of shit, but the insane speed of their riffs and drumming and their scratchy demonic vocals exceeds my energy level for bile production and destruction. KATIE SHIMER

LACHRYMATOR, ALTA MAY, MERRICK FOUNDATION, BONOBO PROJECT

(Berbati's) It's a night of power, starring the succinct, axe-wielding instru-metal of Lachrymator, featuring members of Ociffer, El Cid, and Blondie vs. Elvis Costello. Seattle's Alta May has a decidedly more grungy all-star line-up (including ex-members of The Fluid, Cold Crank, and Anodyne). Would you expect their music to sound chunky and gritty like Chris Cornell and fully drenched in Green River-style grime rock? Then you would be right, my friend. Merrick Foundation and Bonobo Project follow in kind. If you go to this show but hate guitars, you are fucked. JS

RECLINERLAND, BLAKE ZWEIG, SEAN CROGHAN

(Ash Street) Acoustic crooner Blake Zweig and his billmate, Reclinerland, are about as sappy as you can get without being too Simon and Garfunkel. Blake's voice is scratchy but clear, and his songs have a lot of direction, both in the lyrics and the music. You might think, after listening to him, that he has just been dumped by his fiancé for his brother (sorry, Blake, if that really happened), but don't worry, he channels this despair into music that isn't too self-pitying. It's just very, very sad. KATIA DUNN

THE PROM, THE REPUTATION, THE VELVET TEEN, CAPTAIN VS. CREW

(Blackbird) If I want to keep my dignity (and my boyfriend), I cannot possibly slather more love upon The Velvet Teen, whose tenor vocalist makes me fall down dead from swooning at their heavenly pop songs. So I'll tell you that The Reputation features the darling Elizabeth Elmore, formerly known as the lady from Sarge. JS

BARFLY'S DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY FEUD: HOT AND BRILLIANT MERCURY STAFFERS VS. STODGY BUT HARMLESS WILLAMETTE WEEK

(Dante's) At happy hour, before Black Angel's regular gig, five sexy specimens of the Mercury's superior gene pool--Wm. Steven Humphrey, Katie Shimer, Marjorie Skinner, Michael Svoboda, and Rob Crocker--will compete in a Family Feud match against members of my darling grandma's favorite publication, Willamette Week. Who will win? Who cares, 'cause the Mercury staff is fucking EYE CANDY. I mean, I get wet just thinking about coming to work! JS


FRIDAY 3/15

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE, THE CULOTTES, TERATOMA, THE DIMES

(Red & Black) Tonight's show will help benefit the ten-inch record accompanying DIYinPDX, the public scrapbook of PDX DIY. Starring the Mercury's own Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the wonderful, lo-fi Culottes, the poised and polished pop of the The Dimes, and Teratoma, a band starring zine star Raki LaRock on guitar and Engrid from Slow on drums. (There's also a meeting for the scrapbook tomorrow at the IPRC, 4 pm, if you'd like to be involved.) JS

HERBIE HANCOCK, THE NEW DEAL

(Roseland) At the heart of Herbie Hancock's new CD, Future 2 Future, is the idea of a black technology--as Afro-Swiss DJ Goo called it--or, better yet, black secret technology--as A Guy Called Gerald (who appears on Future 2 Future) called it. In the real world, there's no black technology, because there are so few black scientists. But in black music you will find, in soul form, advanced and abundant varieties of black technology. Hancock has produced electro-funk with great success, as exemplified by his 1983 hit, "Rockit," and Future 2 Future is great. It utilizes a lot of drum and bass, and not as a gimmick, but as a means by which to imagine a world that is run by brilliant black scientists. CHARLES MUDEDE

A.U.G.'S EMCEE SHOWCASE

(Paris) See My What a Busy Week pg 19, Music pg 21

SHOTGUN OF KHANDO, PIXEL + DOT, SARDONIK GRIN

(Jasmine Tree) Pixel + Dot's portentous theremin and electronics loom, omniscient and heavy, like smog from an industrial future--it's an excellently mesmerizing sludge of startled beats, pouncing glitches, and found-sound pastiche. They call it ambient, but it's more underneath ambient, where you can hear the echoes of mortal footsteps shaking loose the dirt above your head. It's a good precedent for Shotgun of Khando--an LA battery of noise, beats, and vocals, all conflicting and ready to eat you alive. JS

BLÖÖDHAG, THE BURNING CINDYS, APES OF WRATH

(Fez) See My What a Busy Week pg 19

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL

(Crystal) While I don't know him personally, Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) is Satan! He is the devil, and I refuse to back down on this one. Carrabba represents every single thing that is wrong with indie rock these days. His music is completely tepid, a charismatic-less blend of Christian acoustic swill that parades itself as "emotional." His record label, Vagrant Records, is a Trojan Horse filled with major label executives who are using Dashboard's "emotion" to help establish a target market to push their product and move more units. Words cannot express how evil Dashboard Confessional is. At least performers like *NSync are known to be less than authentic, but Dashboard represents a terrible trend of corporate interests that try to market human emotion as a product. Well fuck you, I'm not buying. CARMELO MARTINEZ

ÖKRÖS ENSEMBLE'S GYPSY FIRE

(Schnitzer) As he got older and gypsy music became immensely popular, my main man, brilliant old Dmitri Shostakovich, lamented that gypsy music was more passionate than certain of his composer friends' music. He damned gypsy songs and loved them for their "spark." Tonight, hear this primal fire in this gypsy folk music in the unfortunately titled "wild Hungarian/Gypsy jam session," with Hungary's best folk revivalists, the Okros Ensemble. They'll also perform Liszt, Bartok, and Kodaly. How often do you see people from Transylvania play the fiddle? JS

LIFESAVAS, DECLAIME, BLAK SCIENZ TRIBE

(Meow Meow) Declaime is an emcee who started with the Likwit Crew, did some stuff with the Liks, and is now doing some great solo stuff. He's very polished and clean, using a lot of light, metallic, DJ-Shadow like beats, and though his music isn't exactly impassioned, that's also the beauty of his kickback style. KD

THEBROTHEREGG, ROLLERBALL, THE MINDERS

(Blackbird) See Music pg 21


SATURDAY 3/16

VELVET TEEN, CAPTAIN VS. CREW, GUESTS

(Fast Forward, 6616 NE MLK) See Thursday Listing.

KOONDA HOLAA & THE BEETCHEES, SIKHARA, SMEGMA, NEQUAQUAM VACUUM

(Disjecta) Koonda Holaa & the Beetchees' clipped sound sampling, Necronomicon-ish, looped vocal growling/conjuring, and samples of barking dogs (what else?), will be presented in surround sound tonight. While I normally run, very quickly, away from stuff that's so reminiscent of Burning Man and tribal primitive, "ooh, aren't we weird" stuff, this group, led by Kamilsky, seems like it will be entertaining, because they appear to have a sense of humor about what's going on. And there will be videos and surround sound and Smegma, etc. JS

CLIMAX GOLDEN TWINS, MOME RATHS, OFFICE PRODUCTS

(Blackbird) I think the Climax Golden Twins are cool. Reason 1: They refer to the musicians as "players" in the album jacket, and as everyone knows "players" are the ultimate in cool. Reason 2: They have a song called "Heavy Hippie Shit." Ha ha. Reason 3: Their music is funky electronic/organic music made from household items like telephones, drums, voice recordings, guitars, and distortion pedals, and goes from ambient to a dark maelstrom of fuzz. KS

WOW & FLUTTER, SUMERLAND, SWAMP LOTUS, ELECTRIC ORCHID

(Satyricon) You see Wow & Flutter from a different angle when they play with dark gothy Sumerland. They've gone all arty and muted, so they seem more depressed and contemplative. After viewing a videotape of Portland Organic Wrestling, however, this show seems like the antithesis of the Satyricon, because I can hardly imagine music that is so pure and docile taking the place of sweaty fat people shotgunning beers and knocking each other unconscious. But whatever, the world is weird. KS


SUNDAY 3/17

90 DAY MEN, BRAILLE STARS, ENGINE DOWN

(Blackbird) 90 Day Men play long songs that amble and evolve, but with enough structure and thematic cohesion to save them from aimlessness. Every song is like driving down a dark and unfamiliar, yet comfortingly straight road. You know they're taking you for a mysterious ride, but they won't go anyplace too scary. The vocals are melancholy and somewhat jaded-sounding, but delivered with as much tenderness as a soft lick on the cheek. Their new album, To Everybody, uses a lot of piano, and the sound of it running under straining vocals is enough to break your heart. Speaking of which, they also rock that shaggy Chicago style that usually involves interesting belt buckles and old men's dress shoes. Fucking irresistible. MARJORIE SKINNER

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG

(Rose Garden) Take the worst members from the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and the Hollies, and you have Crosby, Stills & Nash. That's right--an ex-crackhead sperm donor, a bitter, behind-the-times millionaire hippie, and the quintessential milquetoast backup singer comprise one of the most lucrative oldies act this side of Sha-Na-Na. How ironic that their most recent album is called Looking Forward, when it's full of vitriolic I-don't-get-these-kids-why-can't-things-be-like-the-'60s lyrics. (Of course, Stills is to blame for that.) As for Neil Young, he has no excuse. MURRAY CIZON

MUSIC EXPO CD & RECORD CONVENTION

(Holiday Inn Portland Airport Columbia Conference Center, 10 am-6 pm) For $3 and the price of all the records you buy, you and all your friends can geek out on virtually billions of records, CDs, tapes, imports, and other paraphernalia that only pop culture can provide. JS

DURANGO PARK, MA FORD

(Cal Sports, free) Durango Park songs are like slices of melodic heaven--a layer of keyboard hum and thunder topped with tender and sweet crooning, Yo La Tengo-style. The brooding presence of the acoustic-based duo Ma Ford (Former Rick Bain & The Genius Position drummer Michael Ford and his wife, Alex) adds a somewhat darker dimension to the bill. Alex' haunting voice is the show-stopper--a soulful mixture of frailty and strength that draws the audience into certain emotional warfare. KARRIN ELLERTSON

SAGE, ELEKTRA, RICO, JENNA, DRUNKEN MONKEY

(Ohm) Tonight, superfamous DJ Sage puts together smooth-transitioned, high-energy, drum 'n' bass mixes for dancing and... dancing. Elektra, her partner, dropped out of law school to pursue deejaying--a sign that it is her calling. Both will turn the Ohm into a bumping sweatbox. JS


MONDAY 3/18

INSECURIOUS' LAST SHOW EVER, IFFY

(Blackbird) Being a great lover and worshipper of Cyndi Lauper, I've tried to see Insecurious (the Cyndi cover band) about five times. I'm beginning to think they don't exist, because every time, my efforts have been thwarted. Time number one: They were playing at the now-dead Ethos Inc., and went on about 6:00. Jesus. I'm not even out of the office at that point. And, most recently, when they were playing with some friends of mine at the Blackbird, they cancelled at the last minute because--insert sarcastic crying sounds here--they hadn't practiced enough. I plan on doing everything in my power to see them this week, but I honestly won't be surprised if I get hit by a car or something beforehand. However, this is their very last show, because Tasha/Cyndi (who also plays in Heart Beats Red) is moving "somewhere warm." KD


TUESDAY 3/19

CALIFONE, MIIGHTY FLASHLIGHT, PSEUDO SIX

(Blackbird) This might be one perfect bill, start to (probably) long finish. Miighty Flashlight features Silver Jews, Royal Trux, Will Oldham, and Smog contributor Mike Fellows on acoustic guitar. Souped-up Red Red Meat players Califone blend country and bluegrass with rock and a bit of the hippie shit (Tortoise-style) for a pretty, expansive, and often loooong live set. KATHLEEN WILSON


WEDNESDAY 3/20

JOHN VANDERSLICE, CHRIS LEE

(Blackbird) The wonderful John Vanderslice, writing the ruffian love songs for sensitive guys who think it's kind of okay not to shave, but definitely bathe at least every other day, and Chris Lee, who is accompanied by Steve Shelley. JS

THIRD ANGLE: BARTOK, MESSIAEN, SATOH

(Bridgeport Brewpub) Third Angle, you rule my life with your talent and balls. The chamber ensemble will adventurously be performing Bartok's "Contrasts," Messiaen's subtly foreboding "Quartet for the End of Time," and the experimental "Birds in Warped Time II" by Somei Satoh, which involves the prettiest and most delicately fluctuating violin solo. 20th Century music, represent! Can we get Kurtag's Opus 28 one time? Thanks. JS


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Fri 3/15: D-Styles, Melo D (I-Spy); Velvet Teen (Fire House)

Mon 3/18: 90 Day Men (Graceland)

Wed 3/20: Califone, Miighty Flashlight (Graceland)

For more info, visit www.thestranger.com

New Releases March 19: Blackalicious*, Brick Layer Cake*, Brother JT3, Chicago Underground Duo*, Comet Gain, Dead Prez*, Giant Sand, Hella*, Herbaliser*, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Pine Valley Cosmonauts*, +/- *, Rye Coalition, Schatzi, Super Furry Animals*, Velvet Teen* * = may actually turn out okay/ blow your mind so bad you forget who you are