THURSDAY 6/6

TRANS AM, !!!, PINES OF NOWHERE
(Crystal) See Music pg 19

STARFLYER 59, DENALI, THE PROM
(Blackbird) See Music pg 17

MG THE VISIONARY & GS3
(Berbati's) MG! The Visionary is a funny, lyrical Seattle rapper, and his tracks are catchy because of his calm, consistent, heavy voice. He will get your ass wiggling like newborn baby earthworms. KATIA DUNN

PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, YOUR ENEMIES FRIENDS, BAST, ELECTRIC EYE
(Ash Street) Led by firecracker vocalist Andrea Zollo and ex-Murder City Devil bassist Derek Fudesco, Pretty Girls Make Graves has been called the "band to watch" by both local media and nationally respected music publications. With its attitude-drenched, but never pretentious sound, Pretty Girls has garnered a heavy following of those old enough to recognize the band's influences (new wave and early-'90s punk) or who are merely looking for something in tune with the current infatuation with East Coast-informed retro-renewal acts. KATHLEEN WILSON

NI-FI NIFEFIGHT, NICE NICE, DOSED YELLOW SWANS
(21st & Clinton) The whole masked noisecore band thing is really exciting when done right, and for a purpose. For instance, Pink & Brown's simple, full-body suits and masks add elements of scariness and mystery to their live show; when paired with their music, you feel like you're teetering on the end of a pit. Forethought and cohesiveness is key. With Ni-Fi Nifefight, featuring members of the unquestionably excellent Corpse Fucks Corpse, the cohesiveness is missing. Though their music--a battery of noisy hardcore, with a singer who twitches around like he's afflicted with seizures--is all right, the "outfits" they donned at their last PDX show (naked drummer wrapped in cellophane, guitarist wearing monster suit made of couch, vocalist and bassist in regular street clothes) didn't really communicate anything discernable. For full-on performance art/audience agitation in the vein of P&B or Jonny X & the Groadies to work, you have to have direction; without it, bands like Ni-Fi Nifefight or the Bay Area's Replicator can come off like they're just jumping on the hottt situationist bandwagon, even if that's not their M.O. JULIANNE SHEPHERD

TAKEN GIRLS, ROSE FOR BOHDAN, PARALLAX
(Jasmine Tree) As part of the experimental music series held by the zine A=1/f^2: Taken Girls will play guitar, drums, tongs, and sand; California's Rose for Bohdan shall play non-MIDI electronic collages/retarded pop songs that are partially interesting and cool, and partially a major test of one's patience, which may be the point; and Parallax will bust an orchestra of 32 separate ghetto blasters. JS

ORANGESTICK, MADGESDIQ, ROBINO ROBINOWITCH, KID QUIZ
(Meow Meow) Like many emcees, Portland rapper Madgesdiq has deemed it his personal goal to save real hiphop from its own future (and present and past?) of corrupt cash and crappy lyrics. But, charmingly, he's got a great way of describing selling out: "bogged down in the quagmire of wackery." A man after my own heart! Anyway, Madgesdiq, also known as Mr. Bragart, has a slow, precise flow and fairly tight production (great snare samples) that will definitely make for a fun, bumping time. Plus, he has a song called "PDX Rhyme Display" that rhymes the word "goddammit" with "Willamette." I love him. JS



FRIDAY 6/7

ROB PAINE, MANOJ, PROFESSOR STONE, MORE
(Fez) Philadelphia's Rob Paine joins BSI's monthly Bassism night, normally a 2-step affair. Far from the Teflon-smooth bobbing and weaving of the 2-step/UK-Garage sound, his DJ style showcases a blend of straight-ahead house music, mixed with reggae and Jamaican dub elements. Paine is the arguable progenitor of the genre, via his own mixes and his Worship label, which has been championing the sound since 1998 (12" dance singles age far worse than dogs--a three-year-old label is a survivor). What makes the "dub-house" sound interesting is that electronic music has been borrowing the studio tricks of dub producers such as King Tubby, though it's always been a co-opted version of the gritty, rough Jamaican sound. Paine puts them together, without sacrificing the integrity of his inspirational forefathers...

TOM THUMP
(Saucebox) ...And five blocks away at Saucebox, Tom Thump will be putting down a more mellow vibe. Recently posited by URB magazine as one of the "Next 100" in electronic music, Thump has been rockin' club crowds and airwaves in the Bay Area long before the idea of "DJ-in-a-Box" ever creeped into the mind of someone in R&D. His latest mix, "Panatone: Warm," is over an hour of deep, sexy grooves, ranging from a remix of Antonio Carlos Jobim to a collaboration between LA techno-wiz John Tejada and Divine Styler. And he works at SF's legendary Groove Merchant record shop, a favorite among the Wu-Tang--yet another reason to expect top-notch selections. ELLIOTT ADAMS

I AM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, VHS OR BETA, THE DOWNERS, DJ JASON TINKEY
(Blackbird) There's been some debate lately as to whether I Am the World Trade Center's live show is 1. a duo of glorious pop kids who will save the future of the new indiepop wave by compelling the saddened masses to dance, or 2. glorified karaoke. While last year's IATWTC performance was rather uninteresting, unless you were one of the scores of kids dancing to the J-Pop influenced, hot-pink-sweet beats, samples, and daisy-pretty vocals (like all electronic shows--just staring at the dude with the laptop is obviously not going to entertain), it's impossible to deny that their shiny music is pretty fun. Based in the most polished electro imaginable, of course it's not like these kids come off as being concerned about the doomed state of humanity, but that's kind of the point--a sort of infantile escapism. With Louisville's weirdly indie-house VHS or Beta, and the slightly less rosy-cheery soul of DJ Jason Tinkey, it'll be a dance party, and somebody should bring cupcakes. JS

PHOENIX FEST PRE-PARTY: FREAKY CHAKRA, THAT 1 GUY, GEORGE HOLLAND, HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, PROEM, STRATEGY, FUSSIK, MORE
(B Complex) The Phoenix Festival is a five-day electronic extravaganza in Wahkiacus, Washington, happening this July, which scares me only because of the large potential for firedancers and/or sunburn. Before images of Burning Man dance in your heads, let me add that the musicians playing are pretty rad. Get a taste of it at the pre-party. JS

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HYPOCRISY, SOILWORK, SCAR CULTURE
(Ash) Killswitch Engage is the sound of clean-cut hardcore kids who grew up listening to stuff like Metallica, Pantera, and Swedish death metal--which means that along with plenty of heavy double-bass-drum action and heroic guitar riffing, you can also expect your fair share of positive-thinking lyrics and tear-stained emo breakdowns. Speaking of Swedish death metal, this show also features two of that genre's best-known bands. Hypocrisy have been around for over a decade, but their latest album, Catch 22, takes the band in a new direction with its embrace of alternative-nation angst (one song is imaginatively entitled "Don't Judge Me") and digitized, industrialish production. Meanwhile, Soilwork have also taken a slicker turn of late, adding an almost arena-rock-friendly coating of keyboards and vocal melody to their staccato death-metal foundation. Weird. New Yorkers Scar Culture open. WILLIAM YORK


SATURDAY 6/8

SILVER SURFER, MONKEYFUR, KUNG FU USA, SPREAD EAGLE
(Satyricon) Filled with pep and energy galore, the Silver Surfer is exactly what you'd expect: super-pop in the vein of the Beach Boys or The Monkeys, with 1950s sounding quick guitars, lots of "ba-ba-bums," and, if you can believe it, a cover of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" with even more enthusiasm than Neil. This is music for happy people, unjaded by the horrors of modern society. KATIE SHIMER

THE HAGGARD, FAGATRON, CROWNS ON 45
(Red & Black) Crowns on 45 is a very cool, up and coming band out of New York, filled with darling boys and girls who sing and play drums, guitar, bass, and theremin. All of the members of the band are very glamorous and wear a lot of black, and their music is layered and complex punk, with spots of simplistic melody--while the mix of girl/boy vocals dominate, the instrumentals clearly carry a lot of talent, and thus they never get boring. They'll be playing with girl queer punk rock locals the Haggard, as well as boy band Fagatron, Portland's other crazy queer punk rock duo. KD

GET UP KIDS, HOT ROD CIRCUIT, AUDIO LEARNING CENTER
(Crystal) Like most spoiled rich kids, Kansas City's The Get Up Kids are naîve and inexperienced in the ways of life. There is nothing I can write that will free them of this; with their avalanche of label-produced hype, army of innocuous fans and double-parked tour bus, the Get Up Kids are doing just fine without heeding my advice. It's not that the Get Up Kids are unlikable, per se; they've just gone out of their way to suck the excitement out of music that was once exhilarating. At first, they just flipped around the power-pop sound of Superchunk and transformed it into an utterly tepid, consumer-friendly mess. Now they've "grown up," and have set their sights on Wilco, as they try to teeter that line between country and experimental pop. Of course, the end result is fucking terrible. Sure, it will shock and amaze the 17-year-old virgin, but once he discovers a real record, like Wilco's Being There, I guarantee he'll take the Get Up Kids' poster off his dorm-room wall. CARMELO MARTINEZ

LYRICS BORN, OF MEXICAN DESCENT, MIKAH 9, DJ WICKED, BUKUE ONE
(Berbati's) See My What a Busy Week pg 15

OUTSIDE IN BENEFIT STARRING A SHITLOAD OF PUNK BANDS ALL DAY LONG
(Meow Meow) Here is something that bothers me about Portland: There are way too many benefit shows held here. However, this particular benefit is one of the few extremely worthy causes in town; it's for Outside In, the shelter devoted to helping homeless youth and other marginalized people in Portland to obtain the resources they need in order to imporve their lives. The bands performing will be mostly local punk bands and some rockabilly, and the ages are spread from very young to some old Portland standards. You may want to be a little picky about when you go, however, because the show runs all day long. KD

THE LIGHTS, THE THERMALS
(2817 NE Oregon, 7 pm) This month's Alphabet Dress includes Seattle's The Lights, a really good, rumbling, evil power-rock band with choppy timing and neat boy vocals, that appears to sing about death, coke, and fucking. Also: The Thermals, which is Hutch & Kathy, plus Jordan from the Operacycle, playing PUNK ROCK! How exciting! JS


SUNDAY 6/9

MIKE WATT, BURNING BRIDES
(Dante's) A lot of rock stars publish online tour journals these days. But I've been a devotee of those written by former Minutemen member Mike Watt since way back in '95, when I became hooked on his blue (flannel) collar sensibilities and dry, self-effacing wit. He chronicles not only his musical career, but takes time to write about the tiny things: apartments and the pets that he shares them with; his friends and the trials and tribulations of his beloved tour vans. Check out www.hootpage.com/ hoot_ouroarstourdiary1.html for Watt's latest report of his tour with the Secondmen, his current endeavor featuring a bass/organ/ drums trio playing songs centered around the serious illness Watt nearly died of a couple of years back. KATHLEEN WILSON

DUTCH FLAT, LIGHTS, THE JOGGERS
(Blackbird) What do I love about The Joggers? They're cute, they don't take themselves too seriously (like say, Glass Candy), and they've got style... Their music is a guitar cacophony that borders on pop and their lead singer is a little whiny, but in a good way--backed up by a sweet barbershop trio of his bandmates. KS

TAMI HART, LIAR BIRD, KARL BLAU, BRIAN MALLOY
(2939 SE 17th, 6 pm) The new band Liar Bird is a slow, country-influenced Olympia supergroup, including Nora and Themba of The Intima on violin and bass; Dub Narcotic's Heather on drums; and Space Ballerina Kanako on guitar. JS


MONDAY 6/10

DESERT CITY SOUNDTRACK, OTHER MEN MY AGE, SCIENCE OF YABRA
(Blackbird, free) Other Men My Age rocks a post-punk wash of angle-powered guitars and talking vocals, which are at their best at the times when they are sung. With interesting, sometimes-weird guitar picking and a heavy dollop of angst, these ex-members of Harriet the Spy/"New" Terror Class will impress fans of Slint and June of '44. I personally would like Other Men My Age better if they seemed more excited to be onstage--it seems that the frustration in their lyrics/tone could be used to fuel a little more aggression. That is one reason why I adore the screaming, hardcore-ish Science of Yabra--when they play, they all look like their heads are going to explode. Plus Desert City Soundtrack, with one of the best drummers in Portland, Caitlin Love. JS

CURSIVE, EASTERN YOUTH, GUESTS
(Meow Meow) Wearing your heart on your sleeve and not being afraid to share your emotions isn't necessarily all that unique these days. Lately, it seems like you can't swing a tear-soaked sweater without hitting an emoting young man with a guitar and some feelings to share. That said, it's pretty unfair to see a band like Cursive somehow being lumped into this category. The fact is, Cursive's songs are dark as all hell; filled with crash-and-burn relationships, infidelities, and a general distrust in others. With their whisper-to-scream vocals, guitars set to maximum crunch, and newfound cello player, Cursive leaves the emo genre in their wake as they sail on to conquer much bigger seas. CM


TUESDAY 6/11

MARTYN LEAPER, THE ARTHURS, PAPILLON, GREATER CALIFORNIA
(Meow Meow) Say hello to a cavalcade of '60s influenced guitar pop. Get there early, because Greater California is wicked dreamy, playing the sweetest blend of soft, folky tunes akin to Nick Drake, the Zombies even Elliott Smith. Not the most original in the world, but everybody needs their hearts melted sometime; otherwise, you turn into a big rock, and nothing brings you joy, which is sad. JS

WEDNESDAY 6/12

ANDREW W.K., THE CASUALTIES, THE USED
(Roseland) See fawning Andrew W.K. article pg 15

BIRDY NUM NUM, THE VESPERTINES, THE GLEANERS, DUTCHESS OF SAIGON
(Blackbird) Birdy Num Num used to do covers, then realized that they were perfectly capable of writing music all by themselves. Uh huh. Their music sounds like a faded photograph face down on the floor of Andy Warhol's bathroom. It manages to capture a sound that is half-bouncy and happy but, when viewed from a distance, may seem like maybe you're just remembering past enthusiasms. (Think of a new dress made to look vintage.) The Vespertines are like reliable, cool older brothers. Their spunky, mature pop rock sounds like what all the little brothers are trying and failing to do after pilfering the record collections of people two steps ahead of the program. Utterly unshocking, but very properly done. MARJORIE SKINNER


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