THURDAY 8/8
ARLO, SIX PARTS SEVEN, RILO KILEY, FROG EYES
(Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy) According to the best non-porno website, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), Rilo Kiley's lead singer, Jenny Lewis, has appeared in nearly 40 TV shows and films. Highlights of her career included her appearances on Baywatch, Matlock, Golden Girls, and some TV movie called Uncle Tom's Cabin where she portrayed a character named Evangelic "Little Eva" St. Claire. Wow! Further research on IMDB showed that none of the other bands playing tonight have members who have acted alongside both David Hasselhoff and Bea Arthur, like Lewis has, thus making them completely worthless people with no tangible purpose in life. The only exception: badass Six Part Seven guitarist Allen Karpinski, who just might be related to Zbigniew Karpinski, the star of 1934's blockbuster smash, Sluby Ulanski. CARMELO MARTINEZ

NORAH JONES
(Aladdin, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Norah Jones skillfully combines her love of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Willie Nelson into a personal style that's understated and elegant at its core, and arranged and delivered in a fully accessible way without ever being cloying or histrionic. It's too early in the game to say if she'll have the same kind of mystical sway over crowds as her father, famed Indian musician Ravi Shankar, had over George Harrison, but it's worth finding out for yourself. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

BLACK SHEEP, QUIVAH, DJ WICKED
(Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny) Have you ever spotted a hottie while hanging out under a strobe light, then discovered they're horrifying when you wake up the next morning? Of course you have. Have you written a fly-ass rap song about this strobe-light phenomenon? Not unless you're Black Sheep, who dropped the track "Strobelight Honey" back in '91, and are in town tonight. The Sheep's 1991 debut, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, appears on more hiphop top-ten lists than Ben Affleck and J.Lo do in the tabloids. These original Native Tongue members have been off the radar since '94, but hopefully haven't lost their ability to kick smooth and hilarious rhymes over funky beats. It's a safe bet that they'll drop some of the old hits to sing along with. AARON MILES

ADZ, THE SIGN OFFS, HELLSIDE STRANGLERS, TRIGGERS
(Satyricon, 125 NW 6th) ADZ is about the closest thing you can get to seeing the classic early '80s punk band the Adolescents. Their former frontman, now heading ADZ, is still writing the same catchy, dark, twisted songs that you would expect from a punk veteran. Portland's Triggers are the band showing everyone what punk rock should sound like--prepare yourself for their upcoming single on Vinyl Warning, and a full-length album on Seattle's Dirtnap Records. JOEL JETT

FRIDAY 8/9
DOG AND PONY, STEVE SCHROEDER
(Red & Black, 2138 SE Division) Steve Schroeder is a dork in the sense that he would name a song "Holidays and Kazoos." But his music, while dorky, is fun. Spacey sound effects fill out acoustic guitar (weird), and his lyrics are contemplatively sung and ultra-clear--giving his music a feel akin to Grandaddy. Dog n Pony's lead singer belts out his songs like he's the lead singer of Creed, while playing acoustic guitar and backed by violin. An evening of weird musical combination platters that won't blow your eardrums out. KATIE SHIMER

M. SING SING, REAPPEARING SNACKS, OWEN "DESTROYER" ASHWORTH ON THE CASIOS OF STEEL, TRANSLATORS, MOMLETTE & DADWICH
(North Portland Bikeworks, 3951 N Mississippi, 8 pm) Oh! It is a benefit show for NPDX Bikeworks, with a terribly exciting line-up! It begins with Momlette and Dadwich, which features Dana from the Parlour Maids and Ethan from Emergency, followed by The Translators and Owen "Destroyer" Ashworth on the Casios of Steel (aka the dear, noisy sounds of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). Then catch the surely fabulous Reappearing Snacks, the new band featuring ALL the members of Portland's amazing hyperactive-yet-sadly-defunct punkers, The Snacks, plus Steve from the Disappearer, and a woman named "Kim"! Finally, it's the farewell show for Steve Kramp's emotive and dramatic M. Sing Sing, an epic, rhythmic rock band defined by super drumming, crackly, passionate vocals, and saxophone (but in a very non-cheesy way). JULIANNE SHEPHERD

BLEVIN BLECTUM, ASPECTS OF PHYSICS, SUNN0)))
(Blackbird) Tonight's bill is rated V for Variety, with enough twists and turns to make even the most diehard music nerds squirm a little bit. Sunn 0))) is the spawn of progressive metal extremists Goatsnake and Khanate. Unlike these projects, Sunn 0))) strip every nuance of rock music from their "songs," leaving only swelling megatones in their wake. This is the group's first live Northwest appearance, but they're rumored to create a black hole of rumbling low-end drone powerful enough to suck you in if you're too near the stage. Blevin Blectum, like the best of her Bay Area counterparts, makes electronic music that's not afraid to let a sense of humor shine through. Her approach to sound-making is fractured and childlike--bit-crunched fairy tales for the Ritalin generation. In contrast, San Diego's Aspects of Physics are somber and cinematic, drifting along with spacious drum programming and haunting e-bow guitar lines. SIMON GASKEN

LISA MILLER & THE TRAILERPARK HONEYS, COUNTRYPOLITANS, MOONSHINE HANGOVER, RICHMOND FONTAINE
(Conan's, 3862 SE Hawthorne) This is the perfect excuse to wear all of that urban cowboy gear that's languishing in your closet. Most of the bands on this bill are part of the brave and well-intentioned crusade to rescue the pedal steel guitar from the banal clutches of Pop/Country Top 40. I suspect that the convulsions that the Hawaiian guitar gives me are common to many of y'all. However, these bands play songs that are simple, rough around the edges, and appealingly earnest. And their duds should be cool, too. TAMARA LARSON

CHRIS FORTIER, DAVE ELLIOTT, JUSTIN BROWNING
(Ohm, 31 NW 1st) Chris Fortier is one of those glamorous DJs who's really well known, and spends his time flying all around the country. Though somewhat predictable, his music is incredibly tight and polished, and the way he spins shows his love and respect for classic house. KD

IN MUSIC WE TRUST FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: FERNANDO, SEAN CROGHAN, GOLDENBOY
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) In Music We Trust is a long-running music website, which transpired into a local label that specializes in the acoustic, Elliot Smith-like Portland sound. Their five-year anniversary party is no exception. Playing tonight will be Sean Croghan, a one-man acoustic act, and a LA-based group called Goldenboy, an indiepop/acoustic blend. KD

SATURDAY 8/10
RABBIT SAX TRIO, BRADSHAW/MARBLE DUET, BUBBLE & SQUEAK
(Polyp & Fury, 3967 N Mississippi, 9 pm) Three acts promoting improv-oriented music made on instruments such as... saxophone (three of 'em, in the Rabbit Sax Trio), vocals (Bradshaw and Marble, using the instrument god gave 'em), and violin, guitar and "other" (Bubble & Squeak; perhaps they'll be playing British breakfast dishes). JS

PORTLAND MERCURY'S TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY STARRING THE DOLOMITES, KARAOKE FROM HELL, OLDOMINION
(Eagle's Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) Sometimes people ask us, "Oh, Portland Mercury, what is the secret to your success and longevity?" And we just laugh mysteriously, or smile coyly. But today, since it is our two-year anniversary, I have decided to reveal the key to putting out such an infamous, revered, popular, good-looking and (some may say) worshipped publication each and every week. The answer: three-quarters of our editorial staff are hooked on Ecstasy. And we all consume at least ONE tub of our corporate sponsor's WONDERFUL product, Kozy Shack Pudding™, per day (available in such scrumptiously exotic flavors as Tapioca and Chocolate)! Oh... and the other reason we have lasted two years is because of you! And in appreciation, we decided to throw a really fun party in your honor. Sing a song with the live and kooky Karaoke from Hell! Drink a sea shanty with the elaborate klezmer-molesters The Dolomites! Drop your jaw at the INSANE MC skills of Portland hiphop crew OLDOMINION! And get sexually violated by Wm. Steven Humphrey (it's not as bad as it sounds)! It'll be a hoot, and a "thank you" for caring enough to throw the Mercury in the gutter, or use it to line the bottom of your pet's kitty litter, after you're done reading it. JS

PDX TROPIX FEST/SWAP MEET: GLASS CANDY, NICE NICE, MONITOR BATS, YELLOW SWANS, THE PLANET THE, GROWING, PANAMA, ONE HUMAN MINUTE, GLAMOROUS PAT, MORE
(Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 3 pm) The Oops! Tour seemed like it would be the most intense thing happening this summer, but Portlanders don't like to be outdone; PDX TROPIX FEST is like way more insane, way longer, and probably louder than Oops!, plus there's a rummage sale! To expound on the greatness of each act tonight would require more space than I am allowed, but two unexpected highlights include Denver's Friends Forever, immortalized by playing shows out of their van and generally being totally fucking wild; and the Get Hustle's M. Evan Burden, playing his brilliantly dark, solo piano pieces. Other than that, prepare yourself for a barrage of garage/dub-impov/scary-skronk-punk/noise-reggae/situationist prog/death noise/electronics and even some performance art. Hey, it's more diverse than Insound. Oh yeah, and Beau Von Hinklywinkle will be projecting the totally nude images of 50 homoerotic men ALL NIGHT LONG. JS

DAVE PIRNER
(Aladdin) I'm 13 years old and I hate my life. Permanently chubby with bad hair and teenage acne, every day of my life usually involved someone beating the living hell out of me. Between random beatings and trudging through junior high, the only highlights of my days were the time I spent in my room listening to Soul Asylum. Door locked and in the dark with Grave Dancers Union blaring on my headphones--not to sound all "My So-Called Life" dramatic, but these were the only bright moments in my terminally dim existence. I'm older now and no one beats me up anymore, which has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the new solo album by Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner is quite terrible. Lacking his trademark humble sincerity, Pirner now treads water in that awkward middle ground of trying to appeal to longtime fans and the Sheryl Crow set--as much as it pains me to say, it's not working. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

ROMULUS AND REMUS, OBE SKUPLA, RUDEMENT, IN ETHER
(Jasmine Tree, 801 SW Harrison) Denver's talented In Ether splits the beats of hard techno, ambient, and trance with the subtlety of experimentalism--i.e., the only divas you'll find here are in a couple of layered, cut-up tracks of this lady singing like a spirit floating in water. But at the same time, the music is still somewhat reliant on beats, and uses them to propel their very neat-sounding, spacey songs. They end up sounding like a really bitchin' soundtrack to an IMAX film about the space program. Plus the ambient noise of Romulus and Remus, the minimalist sax and drums of Obe'Skupla, and Rudement's bass and beats. JS

SUNDAY 8/11
HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS
(Aladdin) Hope Sandoval breathes dusky, autumnal murmurs, and shadowy melodies that impart more spectral moodiness than a David Lynch film festival. Her voice is never short on fetching paradoxes--soothing and unsettling, intimate and distant all at once. If you've lost touch with Sandoval since her days fronting Mazzy Star (a band which is not defunct, she claims, but on extended hiatus), the singer's recent efforts with her band Warm Inventions are lighter on the Doors-esque psychedelia, but no less bewitching. The touring ensemble includes a few notable "formers"--Colm O'Ciosoig (ex-My Bloody Valentine) on drums and Mark Lightcap (ex-Acetone) on guitar--who provide haunting backdrops for Sandoval's entrancing voice. MAG

BAKE SALE STARRING THE SHINS, THE FORTY-FIRST, EXPERIMENTAL DENTAL SCHOOL, THE GHOSTS OF WOMEN WHO HAUNT CLIFFS, PANTHER, SLEETMUTE
(Disjecta, 6 pm) Two of the Shins live in Portland, and what does that mean for us? Well, if we're fans of the Shins' mod-pop, we can go see them as soon as this Sunday at Disjecta, while stuffing our faces with a bunch of vegan baked goods (at a BAKE SALE, another example of kitschy indierock dorkdom at its finest). Cleanse your palette with the noisecore screams of Sleetmute, twangy alt of The Forty-First, and piano and drums of The Ghosts of Women Who Haunt Cliffs. And wait, that's not all--this alone is worth braving the sale: singer/guitar player Charlie Salas of The Planet The performs his experimental R&B music. What a wackjob. KS

CAPTURED! BY ROBOTS, COMPOUND FRACTURE
(Satyricon) With Captured! By Robots, man has once again been replaced by machine. This time, though, man is not a cog in the production line, but rather the guitarist, drummer, and cymbal-crasher for a metal band, and his presence has been overtaken by a motley bunch of proficient rock robots. These 'bots and their human frontman, JBOT, intersperse crude metal songs with plenty of human-bashing, thanks to the spitefulness of JBOT's bandmates. JENNIFER MAERZ

PDX RADIO AUTHORITY BENEFIT: DESERT CITY SOUNDTRACK, DUTCH FLAT, THE JOGGERS
(Blackbird) Portland Radio Authority is the local (pirate) radio station, and its purveyors need some cash. Helping them are the warmly emo Desert City Soundtrack, the amazingly spastic, four-part-harmony Joggers, and the tight, burning mathpop of Dutch Flat. Interestingly, all three of these bands are characterized not only by solid songwriting, but also by exceptional drumming. If you are one of those people whose eyes never leave the beat, get schooled by these peeps. JS

MONDAY 8/12
SUPERDRAG, DEATH RAY DAVIES
(Dante's) See Music pg 15

TUESDAY 8/13
SLOW GHERKIN, THE PLUS ONES, THE HUXTABLES
(Meow Meow) Ska is dorky. I'm sure this write-up (about Slow Gherkin, the Santa Cruz-born ska boyfest) will be met with skepticism only moments before you turn to outright derision. Get past the silly name and go to the show! Slow Gherkin hooked me because of 1) eloquent, passionate lyrics about something other than pop culture, 2) they are as influenced by Ian MacKaye as by Madness, and 3) because they retained genuine energy and creativity all the way through ska's big, phony Third Wave. This is also, sadly, the closest that ska will ever get to being emo, as this is probably Slow Gherkin's farewell tour, and your last chance to enjoy them live. KATE MERCIER

ANGELIQUE KIDJO, COREY HARRIS
(Roseland) Sometimes, modern ethnic fusion (world) music works, and sometimes it finds a fitting home as background music in a candle store or an offensive Microsoft ad. Vocalist Angelique Kidjo's fusion of Brazilian and West African music is worth a listen for those who appreciate those diverse cultures' music. For her latest album, Black Ivory Soul, produced by the legendary Bill Laswell, Kidjo assembled a cast of musicians from around the world, including Roots drummer ?uestlove. Expect some of the standard world-pop type sounds, and a lot of afro-beat and samba songs that can get the ass in motion. Kidjo's positive messages will sound best live, but a warning: she toured with Dave Matthews, and may attract a few of his minions to her show. AM

WEDNESDAY 8/14
THE SCIENCE, THE WORLD WE MADE, BURIED IN THE DESERT
(Dixon Manor, 4614 N Michigan) The music is characterized by its grindability, featuring variations on that theme: power violence, screamo, and hardcore. Also, this is your chance to get a load of the future site of Portland's first band-oriented hostel, in which touring bands can pay a low fee to stay the night. (More on that in a future issue of the Mercury.) JS

SASSHOLE, SK & THE PUNKASS BITCHES, DISGRUNTLED NATION, THE BALLISTICS
(Ash Street, 225 SW Ash) You have to check out Missoula's punk superstars Sasshole. It's not often that they get out of town, and their shows are legendary: You'll see beer and spit fly, fights, dancing and plenty of rock with some witty stage banter to go with it. SK and the Punkass Bitches' speedy, high octane rock 'n' roll is guaranteed to set your ears on fire. If you're stupid enough to miss that, then you should ask yourself if you really liked punk rock in the first place. JOEL JETT


KING KONG, PLEASSEASAUR, KENTUCKY SNAKEHANDLERS, DOUBLE BARRELLED SOUL
(Blackbird) With a funky-singing drummer and trademark silly songs, King Kong got a Chicago crowd dancing hard. At their tour kickoff, the drummer, percussionist, bassist, and songwriter/guitar/electronics maestro Ethan Buckler wore jumpsuits and played new material about a space journey to Planet Kong. By the time they got into some of the older material, like the stuff about caveman Kong and other high concepts, the audience was shaking their indierocker booties and singing along. The music is comprised of catchy hooks, pop structures, and funky rhythms fueled by a great drummer whose style is reminiscent of the legendary Steve Gadd. He's also not afraid to rock a good cowbell beat. Buckler's put together a good package, and if you've got a sense of humor and an indierocker booty to shake, check them out. AM


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