DJ MAGNETO W/MUMBLEBOY(Compound, 11 NW 2nd, 8 pm) It's an art party, as DJ Magneto spins the boot-knockin' faves against a fascinating backdrop of Mumbleboy's flash animation. Ian Lynam and E*Rock are showing their art, so maybe if they get drunk enough on cheap art wine, they'll be convinced to drop a disco plate or two. JULIANNE SHEPHERD See My What a Busy Week pg 12

D.I., MARKY RAMONE & THE SPEED KINGS(Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny) Take a whole lot of Ramones and throw in a little '50s rock n' roll and you basically have Marky Ramone and the Speed Kings, an infectious power pop-punk band. Their music is upbeat and peppered with allusions to hot rods, drugs, and sex. JUSTIN WESTCOAT SANDERS

DJ BUCKY NEBULON(Genuine Imitation Gallery, 328 NW Broadway #116, 7 pm) A new gallery opening, a dude shows some monkey paintings, and DJ Bucky Nebulon--who was purportedly birthed in space, but now lives in L.A. (which has the same cost of living)--spins hiphop, and perhaps some electronic music. Let us hope it's "out of this world." Heh... eh. JS


RM 101, WATSONVILLE PATIO, MISS TEEN IDAHO, THE FILM(Ash Street, 225 SW Ash) Rm. 101's lead singer, Josh Vasby, has a voice frighteningly akin to Thom Yorke (right down to the unintelligible drunken-slur-style diction), which makes sense. See, it's very hard to sing like Thom Yorke, and Vasby does a damn fine job, but it's also very unoriginal. This dichotomy between talent and unoriginality is the essence of Rm 101's sound. They are obviously enormously talented musicians who love to show off their chops. Lilting trumpets bleed into raging guitar crescendos, which bleed into blissful electronic beats. They mix different styles masterfully, traveling across tempos, genres, even generations, in the span of a single song. They also sound like a rummage sale of leftover stylings. Here's Radiohead, here's a little Smashing Pumpkins, here's Elvis Costello. The list goes on. The resulting sound is the musical equivalent of the Red Light: sophisticated, stylish, but nothing new; all used. JWS

CLAMPITT AND GADDIS, RALLY BOY, CAPTAIN VS. CREW(Satyricon) A night of rocking, powerful pop/fuzzy guitar crackle with no surprises, but by the same token, no pretentious dumbfucks shooting daggers from their eyes at you when you say you actually like the new J.LO song. (Yeah, it's all chorus, but that one chorus is totally AWESOME!) Just solid songwriting, a harmony here or there, and in the case of Rally Boy, a crazy looking guitar that will be a great topic of conversation for the rest of the evenin'. JS

4 CIV HABIT, HOTBOXED, DISLOGIK, DOMESTIC BLEND, MORMAN ASSAULT VEHICLE(Paris, 6 SW 3rd) For some reason, a lot of radio-friendly new emo bands sound like Sense Field to me (maybe because I have been secretly enjoying Sense Field since 1994, when my friend Walter tragically taped for me a third generation copy of Killed for Less). Anyway, Dislogik is no exception, primarily in vocals--their singer has a low tenor voice that's similar to the guy from Sense Field's proto-emotional/conversational pained whinny. Melodic guitars in overdrive are conduits for the rock. These guys are recording a new record, which would be stoked on NRK, if their chances of getting added to a corporate radio playlist weren't slimmer than their chances of getting a private massage from Rick Rubin himself. If you like the family-inclusive "new rock," check out Dislogik. JS

RYNNE'S BIRTHDAY STARRING PARTY TIME, TELEPHONE(Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy) See My What a Busy Week pg 12

HUMAN, NIHILIST, GUESTS(Meow Meow) There are two bands named Nihilist, and the one I was just listening to plays my new favorite song, called "I Wanna Kill People." (Sadly, these adorable Canadians are no longer playing together. Why God, why??) The chorus goes like this: "I fucking hate people, I want to kill people," a sentiment I subscribe to at least 15 or 20 times a day. (Look, here comes someone I want to kill right now!) Vancouver, Washington's Nihilist, formerly Onestepback, is, like the Nihilist I previously spoke of and want to marry, quite talented, screaming their motherfucking heads off and tearing through the driving metal riffs like pros. Hardcore created by the young people--these guys are in their late teens and early 20s--is always so much better than that of the old guys. You just can't keep that shit up. KATIE SHIMER


JAMES ANGELL, GARMONBOZIA, MENOMENA(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Portland's James Angell seems he fancies himself a new Ziggy Stardust, maybe, with his layers of cloudy, purpled vocals, which swim their way out of a squishy backdrop of modern psychedelia. Electronic beats, LSD-style guitars, some cabaret piano, tape loops. Dude, don't take mescaline before this show, for reals. His music is full of pretty good artful ideas, although it can be a little too vanilla in parts and forced in others. Tonight he has an all-star backing band, including John Taylor (aka "the hot one" from Duran Duran). Garmonbozia is an excellent band with perfect harmonies that gets equally trippy, but rocks enough to not annoy (and will probably even please) the psych-haters. JS

LES SAVY FAV, PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES, HINT HINT(Blackbird) Since I usually spend my New Year's on the verge of some not-so-tragic overdose or awkward Emergency Room stomach pumping, it's hard to convince me to go see a show just a couple days later. In addition to the weeklong hangover, the New Year also brings a terrible case of the blues. Laughing like children, living like lovers, rolling like thunder under the covers, I mean, that is why they call it the blues, right? If anything can cheer me up, it just might be Seattle up-and-comers Hint Hint, who bring the keyboards and hooks in a major way, plus get bonus points for the best internet band domain name ( If that doesn't work, Pretty Girls Makes Graves make me feel like I'm 16 all over again (that is a good thing), and the fat-bald-crazy-guy from Les Savy Fav might dance on the bar and kick me in the nuts sometime during their show. If a good ball-kicking doesn't cheer me up, what will? CARMELO MARTINEZ

Q-BURNS ABSTRACT MESSAGE(Berbati's) He may have an excessively long, esoteric name, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with his music. Indeed, Q-Burns Abstract Message is one of the most sought after DJs/producers/musicians in the country. His new album, Invisible Airline, utilizes the beautiful vocals of Lisa Shaw, as well as a live band that mixes in seamlessly with electronic beats. The result is a departure from Q-Burns' traditional electronic dance music towards a style that is at once folky and techno. It sounds kind of like Madonna's more recent stuff, but not as burned out. JWS

ELDORAS, MINMAE, LION FEVER(Ash Street) Even though one of Minmae's new songs seems to be about email (puh-lease), there is still a special place in my heart for their music. The distorted, hollow sound of the guitar and Sean Brooks' lackadaisical singing often evoke the sense of apathy/hope I feel very familiar with. Eldoras are simple, straightforward, and smell of '90s emotional indierock. Lion Fever have a great name, clear, cohesive guitar music and a female singer full of low-voiced seductive attitude, that frankly, sounds a little forced. KS


SURVIVING DESIRE, VANISHING KIDS, TAKEN GIRLS(Blackbird) Surviving Desire is named after the great 1991 Hal Hartley film, and their music is reminiscent of that year, as well. The Portland four-piece has solid, familiar-yet-artistic melodies and a fantastic singer whose voice is reminiscent of Nina Hagen/more demure Deborah Harry. The main reason the band sounds at all dated is because of the flange--that pedal which is the bane of any goth-leaning band's existence (or any band's existence, period). Cut it with the flangers, everyone, please. Taken Girls is a three-piece that has just released an enjoyable CD entitled The Best of All Possible Worlds (smartly packaged in a Braille-decorated notecard, I might add). They say they are fans of "noise" which scared me at first--I like that new Wolf Eyes record and everything, but there comes a point when being "pummeled" by "noise" starts to feel a little masochistic (especially when most of it is really directionless). However, the noise they are talking about is of the primal, whooshing variety, made with quietly building guitars and percussion that maintain their prettiness underneath the drama. It's loosely structured, kinda reminiscent of the Thurston Moore camp of things (SYR, as opposed to DGC), and sounds nice and heady. JS See Music pg 15

SMUCKER'S STARS ON ICE(Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) I think ice skating is just grand (though I don't think it should trump things like schools or libraries--city council, I'm talking to you). HOWEVER. I do not think it's okay to ice skate to a Leonard Cohen song, as is part of the program of Smucker's Stars on Ice. That is like line-dancing to the rosary. JS


THE LOWDOWN, ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO & THE OLD TIME RELIJUN, COCKFIGHT, JONNY X & THE GROADIES(Fast Forward, 6616 NE MLK, 9 pm) Hey, it's everybody's favorite party band, The Lowdown! The Santa Cruz trio will knock your socks off, LITERALLY!, with their low oscillating, futurist booty-noise. Like getting smashed on the head with a blender. Arrington & the Relijun's bluesy vibe is like disco for snake handlers, and Jonny X & the Groadies are pretty much the only band you need to know for the millennium. (One minute songs, screamy vox, operatic guitar solos, and The Future.) Added bonus: Cockfight includes members of Friends Forever, one of the most exciting bands of all time. (You might remember them from PDX Tropix; they were the ones shooting fireworks from their heads and filling the Portland night air with guitar-battered chaos from their van. Ahhh summer.) JS

SHICKY GNAROWITZ AND THE TRANSPARENT WINGS OF JOY, EL OLIO WOLOF, TAARKA(Blackbird) Playing both traditionals and originals well-written enough to sound like traditionals, Shicky Gnarowitz and the Transparent Wings of Joy is an exceptional stringed band playing exceptional klezmer music. If you are a sucker for the weepy violins and rousing dance rhythms, you'll love 'em. JS

WADSWORTH, HOBART, SCIENCE OF YABRA, THE FORTH(Satyricon, 125 NW 6th) The jagged, jarring nature of the The Forth's music goes well with the music of their billmates, the talented screamo of Science of Yabra and floundering instrumetal of Wadsworth. The Forth's music is in a lot of ways confusing, with a shitload of changes, super-filling drumming, and a lead singer that goes from Brit-punk attitude to sounding like Chris Cornell. A lot of times they seem to be heading in the right direction, they're just trying to do too much in one song. When they simplify, however, they achieve a familiar and loveable sound I'd liken to Braid. Fer sure though, Science of Yabra is dope. KS


THORN CITY IMPROV STARRING PLAN B, DJ MARQUEZ(Ash Street) Plan B's 2002 CD, Like a Ship Sailing, is better understood when compared with Land of the Loops' 1996 release, Bundle of Joy. Both are similar in that they share a fondness for bizarre samples and beautiful sound effects generated by dusty equipment. But the differences between the artists (Plan B is Seattle's James van Leuven; Land of the Loops is Alan Sutherland) are more instructive. As with Beck's album Odelay, Land of the Loops' hiphop beats are separate from and work in counterpoint to the alternative-rock melodies. Plan B's music has no such division; everything instead seems organic and indigenous. This is why van Leuven's music is startling: it's not novel (like Beck's) or experimental (like Land of the Loops'), but authentic. CHARLES MUDEDE

OCTET NOIR, CANOOFLE(Blackbird) Jazz and more jazz. Octet Noir is dark and planned out. Canoofle is upbeat and a little crazy; an improvisational group that just goes wherever the day takes it. Like all improv, it could be completely terrible, or it could be splendiferous. That sense of danger is its biggest draw. JWS


CUTS LIKE A KNIFE: RYAN STOWE DOING WACKY '80S COVERS(Disjecta, 116 NE Russell) Ryan Stowe of the Swords Project and Finesse entertains singer-songwriter style, singing wacky '80s songs to open up the Cuts Like a Knife art event. Just think, Brian Adams, Rod Stewart, John Cougar Mellencamp, all for the taking. And what's your role in this whole thing? You must wear denim. No, I'm serious. As serious as pruritis ani. KS

THE BEFORE PICTURE, ANATOMY OF A GHOST, THE EMPTY SET(Satyricon) Anatomy of a Ghost is a local four-piece about to release their first full-length on Rise Records, but here's a teaser show before then. They make chugging, wailing melodic hardcore (vox: some screaming hollers/pleas plus melody, no grindcore tonsil barfing). Guess what? Chugging, wailing melodic hardcore = (scr)e(a)mo. They sound good when screaming, except they occasionally do half-assed '80s-sounding metal solos that are conspicuously out of place (not to mention cheesy). JS

DEFIANCE, A GLOBAL THREAT, CLIT 45, VILE(Paris Theatre) So last week, we ran Nate Lippens' article about how nobody is making protest songs. Lots of people wrote in to rebut, with tons of really great suggestions of musicians who make staunchly political music, such as Anticon rapper Sage Francis and awesome hardcore quintet Strike Anywhere. Tonight's show at the Paris, which includes local hardcore punk band Defiance and newly reformed Maine punks A Global Threat, also fits the bill--bands who are pissed off and willing to be vocal about it through speedy, aggressive guitars and shouted, epic punk vocals. Probably a bit more nihilistic than Nate was looking for, but here it is. JS

New Releases Jan 7: AM-Boy, Badly Drawn Boy, Erasure (reiussues) Human League (reissues), Innerstance.Beatbox, Elizabeth Mitchell, Music Lovers, New Order, Pas/Cal, Pavement (reiussue), Scenic, James Yorkston