THURSDAY 7/4

JONNY X & THE GROADIES, UNSOUNDS, SPACEBOY, PUNISHMENT FOR THE BAD, MORE
(Fast Forward) See Music pg 15, MWBW pg 13

EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A ROCK STAR FASHION SHOW, DJS, KARAOKE FROM HELL, MORE
(Berbati's) What could be more patriotic on July 4 than eschewing the retarded "rockets red glare" fireworks crap and embracing the REAL American virtue: complete and utter gluttony? That's why, if you are a true American, you shall attend this event at Berbati's, with the slutty sounds of live karaoke, a fashion show, and the most gluttonous DJs in PDX, Gregarious and Jailbreak, plus lots and lots of American booze. If you can make your puke come out red, white, and blue, all the better. JULIANNE SHEPHERD

BLACKBIRD HOUSE PARTY
(Blackbird, free) Looking for something to do on the Fourth that doesn't involve kids or the memory of September 11th? Head over to the Blackbird for a hodgepodge house party with Bingo and Double Barrelled Soul DJs Chazz Madrigal and Jason Tinkey. Rumored activities include a weenie roast, beer specials, STD prevention seminars (no, but maybe free contraception) and, if I can help it, a condom water-balloon fight. They're ironing out the details, but the party won't disappoint. KATIE SHIMER


FRIDAY 7/5

SATYRICON 18TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PT. ONE STARRING DEAD MOON, SMEGMA, STARANTULA, TORTURE COOKIES, NIGHTMARES
(Satyricon) While the Blackbird across town has its first anniversary celebration this weekend, the ye olde Portland institution, the Satyricon, is having its 18th. And who better to anchor it than Dead Moon and Smegma, two Portland institutions in their own right. You just can't get more "Portland" than watching Dead Moon at Satyricon. It's more Portland than Portlandia. If you're a fan of punk rock or just rock & roll, and you don't know about Dead Moon, there's no way to explain it to you, except to say, It's Dead Freaking Moon, go see them and hopefully you'll get it. ROLAND COUTURE

ALL, WRETCH LIKE ME, SOMEDAY I, ARMSTRONG
(Meow Meow) All plays pure skate punk--guitar-driven and kinda poppy, with songs about relationships and broken dicks, which have garnered the band a cult following over their 14 years together. Colorado's Someday I have just released a new album, Ref 4 (which grows on me a bit more with each listen), on Owned and Operated Records. The record allows the melodic punk act to get intensely moody, and they pay homage to the great Jawbox--"I could write a love letter to Jawbox," sings lead man John Meredith (good taste, my friend). But don't even get me started on that band, I'll never shut up. MEGAN SELING

SPOOKY DANCE BAND, JACKASS WILLIE, CAC, ISAAC & ANDRE, ART
(Mississippi) With a dance beat, a Farfisa organ, and a viola, Bellingham's aptly titled Spooky Dance Band plays the grooviest Eastern Europe-via-the-garage dance music; crank it loud whilst driving down the highway in your purple hearse. It's swanky, fun and--you bet your ass-- it's danceable from members of the infamous Reeks & the Wrecks. Throw in a couple of covers (T-Rex, and a super version of Eno's "Baby's on Fire") and you got yourself a one-way ticket to choreography school. With Portland's CAC, a couple of jokey mcjokersons who rap hyper-ironic, pop culture stuff like "I drink mad liquor like Shakes the Clown," actually pretty well. JS

+/-, WHYSALL LANE, BUNKBED
(Disjecta) If you've ever wondered what the rush of a backwards free-fall through a cluster of cirrus clouds sounds like, +/- is your bag. The electronic, swoony and beat-heavy solo project of Versus' James Baluyut (and Patrick Ramos, Chris Deaner, and Tuscadero's Margaret McCartney), +/- will cushion your heart and put your head at sky-level. With Whysall Lane, the project of the OTHER guy from Versus, Richard Baluyut (and Little Deaths' Mikel Delgado, and Jawbreaker's Adam Pfahler)!! Rumor has it they may even hook up for some old Versus tracks. Whoo! JS

FU MANCHU, SPEED DEALER, BRAND NEW SIN
(Berbati's) Fu Manchu are purveyors of that heavy-rockin', long-haired, fuzzed-out, Sabbath-influenced music unfortunately known as stoner rock. They've been at it for ten years and eight albums, and now, poised at the brink of breakthrough success, it looks like they're going for it. They've cut their hair and slicked up the production on their latest album. The fuzz guitar riffage is still there, but it's more taut and concise somehow. And Scott Hill's nonchalant, spoken/sung vocals are still instantly recognizable, but there's more actual pitch-singing now. So basically it's the same, but different; if this were Metallica, it would be the Black Album--it might appeal to newcomers; it might alienate old-timers. After this, they'll either become insanely successful or break up. Which means this might be your last chance to see the kings of the stoned age in a relatively close-up venue like Berbati's, or at all. RC

SUPERSPRITE CD RELEASE, INKBLOT, NICE NICE, PLATES OF HYDRA
(Blackbird, free) See Music pg 15

THE DOLOMITES, EXTREME ELVIS
(Ash) Extreme Elvis is both terrifying and intriguing. If you haven't heard about him, he plays Elvis songs, but with an "extreme" twist--doing every socially taboo thing he can possibly think of on stage. I've heard that he shits, pisses, vomits, and screws prostitutes on stage, and then I've heard that he doesn't do any of that, and then I heard that he did. So you see, he's part urban legend, part psycho, part performance artist/musician. If you see him, you too can add to the rumor mill that creates him. KD


SATURDAY 7/6

THE HENTCHMEN, RIGHT ON, THE HOSPITALS
(Billy Ray's) Detroit's Hentchmen have been around the block for quite some time now, stirring up the crowds with their rowdy blasts of '60s garage rock. You may think that they are lacking in the originality department, but this doesn't matter; The Hentchmen do what they do well, and they are guaranteed to put on a great show. Right On also take a '60s approach to things, while The Hospitals get it started by giving you a pissed-off sonic noise bath that I have yet to see delivered by any other two-piece. JOEL JETT

SPACEFAIRY, SLEIGHT OF HAND, MSNGR
(Jasmine Tree) Gyrate wildly to the gorgeous girl voices and burgeoning beats of Spacefairy! Trip out on the simmering sounds of Sleight of Hand (featuring familiar faces from Legerdemain and Not Breathing). See and hear the visual delights and stunning sounds of MSNGR! Caress the face of a giant wooden Tiki head thing! What more could you want? TIFFANY LEE BROWN

SATYRICON ANNIVERSARY PT. TWO STARRING ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, POISON IDEA, THE RIFFS, BAST, THE DIRTY LOWDOWNS, THE TRIGGERS, STATCH & THE RAPES, FREAKSHOW RODEO, PORNSTORE JANITOR, THE GAYS
(Satyricon) Lawdy Jehezius Christ, the anniversary extravaganza continues, with the doors opening at 4 pm for day two, and more old school punk rock than you can shake a stick at. Poison Idea are the only Portland uber-old-timers on the bill tonight; the rest is a nice sampling of what's new and good about Portland punk rock these days. Plus big-timers the Electric Frankenstein, whose "Teenage Shutdown" probably belongs in punk rock's all-time top 20. RC

SCIENCE OF YABRA, WET CONFETTI, DESERT CITY SOUNDTRACK, CHEVRON
(Disjecta) For some excellent, explosive, smart hardcore that swells on its own energy, check out Science of Yabra. In addition, Wet Confetti's moody, dynamic take on modern indierock is tense and youthful--worth soaking your bruises in. JS

SQUARE DANCE IN THE STREET STARRING THE GOVERNMENT ISSUE ORCHESTRA, BILL MARTIN, RUBE WADDELL, ENSEMBLE SUB MASA, MORE
(Red & Black) No, Square Dance in the Street is not a pretentious name for some indierock band. It's an actual square dance in the street, where old-school folk bands will get their fiddles and other square dancing tools out, and put on a real, live dance. Nice. KD

GRANDMASTER FLASH, DJ IZM, BERLIN
(Ohm) See Music pg 15

LAST OF THE JUANITAS, 31KNOTS, THE PLANET THE
(Blackbird) It's the Blackbird's first anniversary, and to celebrate, they're treating us to a fine show of avant-indie-prog-rock... or some other made-up genre descriptor. Last of the Juanitas push some limits not often pushed here in little Portland. Their skilled sonic assault is both cerebrally and viscerally stimulating, leaving you both satisfied and tired. It's also proggy, restless, ever-changing, noisy, metallic at times, it's got off-kilter time signatures, and it's mostly instrumental... which means it's not for everyone. But if you like Bozart, Don Caballero, the Jesus Lizard, or Slint's Tweez album, this is a good bet. 31knots are in much the same vein, though with more vocals, more of an indierock emphasis, and perhaps a bit more user-friendliness. Take note: If you're riding the new wave of compassionate conservatism (i.e., you're unemployed), this show is free! RC

THE QUAILS, THE NO-NOS, MINMAE
(Meow Meow) With short bursts of punk-influenced pop and playful rhythms, SF's The Quails make a fun little racket out of easygoing harmonies and fresh-faced toe-tappers. This trio (including Jen Smith, Julianna Bright, and ex-Circus Lupus' Seth Lorinczi) plays well on their instruments, and exudes an onstage pleasure that is catching. JS

LORDS OF LIGHT, THE FORMLESS, POINT LINE PLANE
(Viva La Revolution, 6 pm) No, it's not a typo--the Portland-based "Lords of Light" are different from the Olympia-based "Lords of Light Speed," if you were wondering. Either way, you get to see them for free tonight, with the radically dark and spazzy, Vicodin-and-Warhol freakout of keyboard-drums duo, Point Line Plane, and The Formless, another duo who plays some garage music. JS

THE WHO
(The Gorge) Anyway? Anyhow? Anywhere? Yes... with two fingers up and down with a handfulla speed, indeed. The Who have announced they're continuing their tour--in tribute, of course, to their unmovable Ox, John Entwistle, who died last week. Fucking weird, right? I really hope this turns out, but consider whether John and Roger would continue if there were no Pete. Anyway. Anyhow. Anywhere. After all? Evidently. MIKE NIPPER


SUNDAY 7/7

SINFERNO CABARET STARRING EXTREME ELVIS
(Dante's) See Friday Listing.

ROLLERBALL, POINT LINE PLANE, WADSWORTH, THE ETIQUETTE
(Blackbird, free) Still salivating from the Fucking Champs show last week? Go see one of Portland's next best things, Wadsworth. Their rock is so calculated that it's like taking a math test... yeah, actually it's not like that at all, but listen for the subtleties and cherish the hometown metal. KS

THE WINDOWS, VANISHING KIDS
(Ash Street) Portland's Vanishing Kids are ones to watch: They're bass-heavy, with '80s-style camp keyboards and a vocalist whose low, humorless voice adds a gothy edge without pushing it too far. Also the solid, minimal darkwave of the Windows makes this an evening of mopey brilliance. KS

SUMERLAND
(Union Jack's) Sumerland plays the most melancholy and black '80s-ish music, augmented by the singer's hollow, deep, and sad voice. Plus, they're playing at Union Jack's, one of my personal favorites among strip clubs. KD


MONDAY 7/8

NEW BAND NIGHT
(Lola's) Are you a new band? Are you too lazy to haul your broke ass drum kit across town? Bring the bare minimum to the venue, say, your guitar or bass (anything easily portable), sign up by 8:30, and plug into their amps, use their drums, and rock out in a nice airy venue in front of some real people. Booking a show has never been so easy. KS

HOT HOT HEAT, RADIO 4, VOLTA DO MAR
(Blackbird) I admit it. I have been making excuses for the new crop of dance-y punk bands. While normally I would feel gross about a genre that so clearly owes its sounds to previous musical happenings (and rarely updates), I fucking love to dance, and I just can't resist a band that makes me shake my ass. So when I tell you that NYC's Radio 4 sounds a lot like Gang of Four, please know it is in the best possible way--they're tight, they have extremely rhythmic basslines, they have an amazing live energy that makes chix like me squeal. There are handclaps. Did I mention they are tight? Radio 4 will knock you on your ass. And, if that doesn't do it for ya, Hot Hot Heat conjures the dirty flame inside us all. There is no solipsism here--just pure concern for whether the audience can work up a sweat. Maybe that's why the NYC gritty art-punk throwback thing seems acceptable at this point in time? Either way, if you're a hater, at least show for Chicago's Volta Do Mar, who have jelly-fingers and, for the most part, actually have a sense of melody and songwriting, rather than just trying to wow us all with their extreme noodleocity. JS


TUESDAY 7/9

ALIEN CRIME SYNDICATE, MOTH, CHRISTIANSEN, A.I.
Moth plays heavy power pop that sounds like it could have been created in the post-grunge mid '90s. Honestly, doesn't all power pop created since alternative radio became mainstream sound exactly the same? Souped-up guitars, barreling choruses, heavy-handed production? On a side note, Moth features Rocket from the Crypt's Atom on drums. KATHLEEN WILSON


WEDNESDAY 7/10

ROSIE THOMAS, DENISON WITMER
(Blackbird) Rosie Thomas contains multitudes, making the leap from sublime to ridiculous seem as effortless and intentional as can be. She is a singer-songwriter whose fragile melodies, spare guitar lines, and spiderweb soprano verge on the ethereal, until the refrains of songs like "Wedding Day" and "Finish Line" have insinuated themselves into your ears' most vulnerable crannies. Though comparisons to early Joni Mitchell seem too easy, Thomas' voice and phrasing also bear them out. So yeah, she's a great musician, hushed, folky, and gorgeous; you should buy her Sub Pop debut, When We Were Small, which finds her pretty songs fleshed out with delicacy and taste and separated by creepy-cool cassette sounds. SEAN NELSON

STACEY EARLE, MARK STUART
(St. John's) Stacey Earle is the sister of Steve Earle, and a country/folk singer herself. She's a little less mainstream--if you can say that about a country singer--than Steve, and has her own unique, simplistic sound. KD


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Thurs 7/4: Volta Do Mar (Crocodile)

Fri 7/5: The Hentchmen (Chop Suey)

Sat 7/6: Radio 4, Hot Hot Heat (Paradox)

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