THURSDAY 8/29

LARRY YES, RALF YOUTZ, CARL VS. CARL

(Pacific Switchboard, 2632 SE 25th, Space E) Pacific Switchboard is a newish venue/art space run by a collective of very cool, artfully minded folks. The most exciting thing about this venue is the prospect of another all-ages venue in town! Help celebrate their third show, with solo crooner boys Carl vs. Carl, Ralf Youtz (of The Feelings/the No-Nos) and Larry Yes (of Larry Yes). JULIANNE SHEPHERD

THE DAVE BROCKIE EXPERIENCE, LAZY AMERICAN WORKERS, ANGER MANAGEMENT

(Ash Street, 225 SW Ash) If you love GWAR for their focus on fart jokes and penises, this Dave Brockie Experience is more of the same. His band includes other GWAR members, and plays loud and fast while homeboy rants around doing performance art. What a nightmare. KATIE SHIMER

ROCKFEST

(Columbia Meadows, St. Helens) When Drowning Pool lead singer Dave Williams dropped dead the other week, it more or less signaled the end of the Nü -Metal era. While not as exciting as Fred Durst contracting the West Nile Virus or Rob Zombie being killed by a land mine, it's the beginning of the end for our rocker friends. The first nail in the coffin came when the genre went soft and opened the door to the Nü-Metal rock ballads of bands like Staind and Puddle of Mudd. Nail number two was when the metal god himself, Ozzy, became a bumbling hero to the general public courtesy of his reality show. The clock is ticking for commercial metal, and for these once buttrockers-turned-goateed metalheads, it's 1991 all over again. There is new music on the horizon, the media stopped paying attention, and for the sake of making a really obvious Drowning Pool reference, the bodies have hit the floor. CARMELO MARTINEZ

MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD

(Crystal, 1332 W Burnside) By telling us that "television is the drug of a nation" in the early '90s hiphop group Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, and dropping three albums as frontman for Spearhead, Michael Franti is dedicated to spreading positive messages through uplifting grooves. Spearhead's live show usually consists of a full rhythm section, keys, extra lyricists, and possibly horns. They seamlessly drop bouncy hiphop, funky grooves, and Latin jams that span their catalogue and aim to get the ass in motion. Spearhead attracts a fair share of twirling hippies, but Franti's diligence at spreading the word through great lyrics guarantees a good mix of conscious people, heads, and those who like to get down. AARON MILES

SONIC YOUTH

(Music Millennium, 801 NW 23rd, 4 pm) The fact that Sonic Youth--a 21-year-old band that's released something like 15 records, collaborated with people such as Ikue Mori, Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch, and John Zorn, and arguably had more of an impact on modern underground music than any other band--will still play a free instore at a record shop is pretty fucking cool. JS


FRIDAY 8/30

LINTON KWESI JOHNSON

(B Complex, 320 SE 2nd) Linton Kwesi Johnson's art and life has taken many forms as political activist (beginning with a stint as a Black Panther), musician (with twelve albums of Jamaican dub to his credit), and writer (authoring poetry to wide acclaim). All these sides of Johnson are extensions of his drive to expose and conquer racial inequities; most recently, he's written about the experience of being a black Briton (he's been heavily quoted for his views on Tony Blair and the state of race relations in England). He is backed on this tour by longtime collaborators The Dennis Bovell Dub Band, a group of musicians as much at home with free jazz and classical as with dub's droning thunder. Often considered to reggae what Gil Scott-Heron is to hiphop, Johnson's show may cater as much to the literati as the trustafari. ELLIOTT ADAMS

DANCE PARTY OF THE CENTURY

(Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 6 pm) This cool girl I know, Jeannine, is like one of the most enthusiastic music people in town, always freaking out and dancing at shows and screaming and being soooo fun. That's why it's proper that she's putting on the DANCE PARTY OF THE CENTURY, where everybody can get down to five DJs spinning funk, disco, hiphop, electro, new wave, pop, and more. I guarantee that with Jeannine there, you won't be the only one dancing! JS

NO. 2, THE MINDERS, SHADOW MORTON

(Blackbird) I'm gonna let you in on a little secret: It's really, really okay to like Heatmiser co-songwriter Neil Gust's NO. 2, and I promise it won't do any disrespect to your Elliott Smith devotion. Both wrote great songs for their former outfit before Smith became an unwilling superstar, and in my opinion, both Mic City Sons and especially Cop and Speeder showcased Gust's apt songwriting abilities, his being the gay-themed anger that made Smith's heterosexual melancholy all the more resonant. No. 2's new album, What Does Good Luck Bring?, is their most accomplished yet, and far more rock oriented than their poppier debut. The Minders, and garage group cover band Shadow Mortons, featuring Rebecca Gates (the Spinanes), Joanna Bolme (Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks), and Janet Weiss (Quasi, Sleater-Kinney), round out the bill. KATHLEEN WILSON

NEBULA, NATAS, WITCH MOUNTAIN

(Satyricon, 125 NW 6th) For those of you who need some coaxing: Nebula consists of two fellows (guitar and drums) who left Fu Manchu (the better half of Fu Manchu) a few years back, and a bass player whose band history is unknown--but I am sure its as decorated as one of those hamburger cakes at the supermarket--to start up their own sorts of stoner rock jams. And I don't mean they play Pink Floyd covers; no, this rock makes you want to jump into your T-top Trans Am with your Hessian mate and head off to the beach for some backseat loving. CHRIS REED

CONCRETE BLONDE, RICK BAIN, SHAKE CITY

(Dante's) If you liked Concrete Blonde in their heyday, you'll probably like 'em now--because still rumbling at the epicenter of their dark sound is singer Johnette Napolitano's scratchy, weighty crooning. Sure, they're a little less early-'90s Viper Room, but that is a VERY good thing--less L.A. and more grace is always a good thing. JS

ALL GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND, MR. BROWN'S SUIT, ZERO 1

(Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi) Zero 1 is a one-lady electronic project, made possible by the cute and willowy use of samplers, keys, guitar, and a lovely, small and poppy singing voice. And probably some other stuff I'm forgetting; it's a very pleasant outing for the popsters tonight. JS

DJ DAYHOTA

(Ohm, 31 NW 1st) Straight from the boy-dominated nightclub scene in Chicago comes DJ Dayhota, who is not only a remarkable DJ but also a girl, which is rare in the music scene, and even more rare in the electronic/DJ/hiphop scene. While her sound is probably technically classified as house, she also uses a lot of trans and Latin music, and mixes it up in her own special way. KATIA DUNN

A JOHN HENRY MEMORIAL, JACK, MOON PONY, MINMAE, CELESTEVILLE, MORE

(Red & Black, 2138 SE Division) Minmae's somber, altered indierock state makes up one of my favorite albums of late. And while I always prefer avoiding the facial expressions of singer-songwriter types by listening to them on CD, I will check out Minmae, because I love his low voice and raw guitar too much to miss. KS

JUVENILE & BG, CJ MAC

(Roseland, NW 6th & Davis) Juvenile & BG are two members of the group The Hot Boys, whose music focuses most on the usual gangsta rap topics: guns, money, and sex. The Hot Boys together were pretty good, and their first album on Cash Money Records sold like crazy. We'll see tonight if the two of them can do as good a job solo. KD


SATURDAY 8/31

THE CHERRY VALENCE, C AVERAGE, OCIFFER, THE SEX MACHINES

(Satyricon) Rock adrenilizers Cherry Valence reconfigure the usual band formula with two drummers who sing like smokers (and, rumor has it, hit on lots of girls). C Average is the love of my life, with tight instrumental math-metal that has aged into something more subdued. Oh, and believe me, PBR-soaked rockers Ocifer will entertain. Want to see those flirty Cherry Valence boys again this week? Hit the Blackbird for a free show on Sun, Sept 1. KS

LUKE JANELA, GUESTS

(Red & Black) Cellist/guitarist Luke Janela sings in a shivery, brooding voice that's bursting with hope and sadness, set against some electronics and creative songwriting techniques. Luke's thoughtful and pretty, emotive music is perfect for when you just wanna eliminate all the bullshit from your life and cut close to the core, or when you're feeling the weight of autumn on your chest. It's about finding the beauty in melancholy. JS

JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER, ADAM FORKNER, THE DAVIS REDFORD TRIAD

(Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy) While the super-interesting Jackie-O Motherfucker still plays around town often, you better catch 'em while you can, cause you never know when they're going to abandon us for more appreciative (worshipful, actually) European audiences. Jackie-O's monster cauldron of guitar-sax-drums witchery and bent Americana is both improvised and composed; live, because they often ride the line of the two, their shows can be both magical and disjointed. Either way, common audience reaction tends to be "WTF, JOMF?"JS

ADAM ZWIG, FREAKY FLOW AND MC FLIPSIDE, MOXY FEATURING TRACI KLAS

(Ohm) This show is exclusively for the non-serious, loves-to-dance-to-cheesy-music gremlin that lurks in most of us. Adam Zwig appears at the Ohm weekly, and plays a one-man techno-blues concoction that will appeal to anyone who can appreciate the driving, somewhat sanitized, dirty blues of, say, R.L. Burnside's remix album, Come On In. Freaky Flow and MC Flipside will be playing live drum and bass of the junglier variety from their new album, Keep It Live. MC Flipside's verbal flows will probably be filtered through various cool club effects, and beats will be bumping and perfectly danceable. TAMARA LARSON

DIESTO, THE RUBY DOE, THE FORTH

(Ash Street) Diesto has gone through many changes over the years since they moved here from Salt Lake City. For one, they used to be called Sinner but due to some legal crap, I believe they had to change their name. They have also lost a few drummers and now a bass player--but this hasn't stopped them from making some great, anger-driven rock. So if you want to let out some of that shit trapped inside you from your long week of sitting at your cubicle, I am sure the fellows of Diesto will let you do what ever you want up there on the dance floor, just as long as you don't spill their beer. I can't even predict what would happen then--total carnage, most likely. CR


SUNDAY 9/1

THE BIG STINK STARRING CYPRESS HILL, CAKE, SALIVA, EARSHOT, MORE

(PGE Park, SW 18th & Morrisson) Hey guys, Big Stink doesn't stink that much; with the likes of competent-type bands Cypress Hill and Cake, you could at least smoke a doober and reminisce about high school. Or hey, if you're still in high school, it's better than another drug trip at the Enchanted Forest. Plus, the ever-performing Art Alexakis, and Saliva, Earshot, and Unwritten Law will rock. Then again, I don't know if rock is the right word. KS

THE CHERRY VALENCE, PARTY TIME, ELECTRIC EYE

(Blackbird, free) See Saturday Listing.

PAUL LESCHEN

(Bush Garden, 900 SW Morrison) If you're ever bored, I highly recommend going down to Boogie Woogie's, where you will see Paul Leschen (also the Mercury food writer) and partner dueling on the piano. It is hilarious, ironic, and awesome, all at the same time. Tonight, however, Paul will be singing and playing to his own original, piano-rock songs. If he's as good a one-man act as he is a dueler, you'll leave feeling entertained and satisfied. KD

MONDAY 9/2

DJ KEANE, DJ METRONOME

(Tiger Bar, 317 NW Broadway) In lieu of attending the more popular, thi-syllabic event that starts with a B and ends with a MAN, check out DJ Keane's cool artistic expression night. DJ Metronome will throw down some abstract beats through both machine and live drums, while Keane plays live, original downtempo. Plus, if you feel like spitting or just reading from your diary, there's a spoken word open mic. JS

BLACKALICIOUS

(Crystal) Blackalicious, although undependable for club dates because of illness, is dependably a soul-soothing, booty-moving, mind-boggling, aurally titillating, fully-satisfying hiphop experience. Their new album, Blazing Arrow, is the shit! As usual, Blackalicious pushes the structure of hiphop while remaining pleasing to the ears. Gift of Gab does things with his mouth that should not be humanly possible. But what is most unique about his technical virtuosity is the way he applies his lyrical skills. When he raps, his voice serves as instrumentation that provides backbone, melody, and cognitive interest for Blackalicious' music, and sets the group categorically apart from other so-called "alternative rap" groups. T-ROC

OMCO SHOWCASE STARRING CATCH-22, DAMPKRANE, DEMAGORGON

(Blackbird) Outward Music Co busts it with a live, electro-tinged set by the dancefloor-savvy DJ Catch-22. Demagorgon will play tight, waterfally IDM with software he wrote himself (sorry, but not surprising from a dude named Demagorgon) and Dampkrane kicks out the deep end of IDM. JS


TUESDAY 9/3

BEACHWOOD SPARKS, JENNY TOOMEY, QUIX*O*TIC

(Blackbird) I AM SO EXCITED FOR AUTUMN! It brings that awesome semi-nostalgic (but healthy)/semi-new, "wrapping up the old issues" kinda feeling. My idol Jenny Toomey's last record, Antidote, came out last fall, and so her appearance here adds to fall's bittersweet melancholy. As a performer, Jenny (ex-Tsunami, Geek, Choke, and about 5000 other D.C. indie bands) is sublime, with a very intelligent and graceful stage presence. And as a person, she also kicks much ass, heading up a rad musicians' rights organization called the Future of Music Coalition (www.futureofmusic.org). Her new music is slightly more subdued than Tsunami's was, but is blessed with wonderful arrangements, and her trademark smart lyrics. Plus, Quix*o*tic! Woo! JS See Music pg 19

MEKONS' 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

(Berbati's) See My What a Busy Week (pg 17), Books (pg 30)

WILCO

(Roseland) As a member of rock journalism's secret society of socially inept losers, it's my duty to drop to my knees and fellate Wilco. What would my peers think if I didn't rant and rave about their music? About how Jeff Tweedy is the next Brian Wilson, but without the weird Manson obsession and muu muu? Next year, at the annual Music Critics of America Cruise to Barbados and Charity Golf Tournament, would they shun me for going against the grain? Well, I'm not going to take that risk. I declare that Wilco is the greatest band on God's Green Earth! All hail Wilco! If you can find a better band, come by the Mercury and let me know. Of course, I'll be playing a round of 18 with Greil Marcus and Everett True when you stop by, but you can leave a note with my personal assistant.CM

ANTIBALAS, THE INCREDIBLE KID

(Crystal) Antibalas, the word, means "bullet-proof," and the group works out of New York, but incorporates traditional African sounds into a 15-person collective. English, Yoruba, and Spanish are all used in their music, and the message is very political and very focused. At the same time, they draw from all kinds of American music, thus making them hard to describe, but awesome to watch. KD


WEDNESDAY 9/4

BRIAN KENNY FRESNO

(Music Millennium) Modestly self-described as "the most entertaining act in rock," one-man band Brian Kenny Fresno is that rare combination of progressive rock virtuoso, standup comedian, and outspoken chamber of commerce member. His chosen instrument is that geekiest of prog-rock devices: the Warr guitar, a 12-stringed guitar/bass hybrid that plays in stereo and encourages fingertapping. But rather than dry instrumental workouts, he specializes in what he likes to call modern-day folk songs, with an emphasis on all things Fresno-related. That he avoids descending into some unpalatably "zany" novelty shtick says something about his charm as an entertainer. WILLIAM YORK

FASTER PUSSYCAT

(Satyricon) A quick jaunt to a Faster Pussycat BBS reveals that not only are they in the midst of a massive U.S. club tour (107 dates through the summer), but they're managing to stir up more controversy than they did in their heyday. The controversy this time out is in reaction to the patent-leather, SS-inspired uniforms the band is sporting on stage. With makeup, tattoos, and the occasional skirt, the band's fetish/fascist look has fans confused whether its members are truly anti-Semites or just glam fashion victims. Some fans have gone so far as to suggest that the Pussycat is making a grand statement on the fascistic attack on civil rights in this nation since 9/11. Maybe. But my guess is they just want to give people a bit of a poke in the eye while rocking their asses. DAN PAULUS


New Releases Sept 3: Seana Carmody, COCO, Idaho, Lamb of God, Liars*, Little Wings*, Moistboyz, No Knife*, Tarwater, Victory at Sea
*= friggin great