THURSDAY 3/11

SCIENCE OF YABRA, NEW MEXICANS, MUSTAPHA MOND
(White House, 514 NE Jarrett) Lap up the hard and heavy tonight with Portland's scream-core darlings Science of Yabra and Seattle's New Mexicans. The latter band's heavy start-and-stop style and speed drumming are a sight to see, plus vocalist Rob Hampton's screaming will keep your blood pumping without making your head pound. KATIE SHIMER



DAMPKRANE, COREY COREY, MORI, DIZZYSTARHOUSE, BITMARCH
(Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside) Check out some local laptopians, for free: because it's cheaper than Britney, and the beats they're making ain't all that different. This means: mainstream producers are hella avant garde (true), software is increasingly affordable (also true) and Portland's international laptop battle superstars are, generally, good to great (true again), thanks to Portland's Western expansion/open-to-technology vibe (personal theory). JULIANNE SHEPHERD



ROCK 'N' ROLL FETISH BALL: LOPEZ, BLACKOUT RADIO, ZERO THEORY
(Ash, 225 SW Ash) The freaks come out tonight at this extravaganza of tattoos, piercings, rock, and booze. Zero Theory is a Christian band from Reno, but they would probably not really fit in on the bill, so instead the other Zero Theory will be there. Taking a somewhat different tack, they are a performance troupe that puts on elaborate, costumey piercing demonstrations, and we ain't talking about the little guns at the mall kiosk, we're talking fat needles stabbed through, like, arms. "Classic" Portland bar punkers Lopez will be taking care of the rock 'n' roll, along with the excellent Blackout Radio, who employ an upright bass to set themselves off from the pack. Also, if you have tats, lose the shirt and get up on the runway for a bod mod fashion show comprised of audience membersÉ hot, hot, hot! MARJORIE SKINNER



LONELY KINGS, MY HOTEL YEAR, CLARITY PROCESS, EVER WE FALL, STILL LIFE PROJECTOR
(Solid State, 624 E Burnside) Lonely Kings have some cloying qualities, namely the name, and some of their vocals have that over-enunciated 94.7 alterna-pop qualityÉ but when it counts, they rock. Their poppy sound morphs into heavy drumming, impressive guitar blowouts, and vocals that are stern and refreshingly comprehensible. If I were in high school and going to an all ages show, this band would make me crap my pants. KS



BRITNEY SPEARS, KELIS, SKYE SWEETNAM
(Rose Garden) For this tour, a tan, body-suited Britney rips off the masturbation skit Madonna staged on the Blonde Ambition Tour--an unimaginative stunt in 1990, and more so 14 years later. It's unfortunate to see Spears in Madonna's hand-me-downs, because In the Zone is a better record than Madge's last three--especially on the popped-apart toms and electrified string section of "Toxic" and subtle dub reggae vibe of "Showdown." Kelis is Britney's less pitch-shifted and more barebones opener, whose "Milkshake" makes all the boys wax poetic on taking it to the boneyard. Watch out: Nas could totally take you. Alternately, Kelis' third record, Tasty, is better than Neptunes' Clones (and that terrible new N*E*R*D single)--although, as critic Keith Harris pointed out in last year in Slate, Kelis' newfound demotion from angry-expressive to centerfold nude perched atop a cherry was a step down. These performers are talented, though, and might take a cue from the Missy, Alicia, Beyonce tour: Ladies First. JULIANNE SHEPHERD



ROY TINSEL, BLOOD RED SKY, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, JONNY X & THE GROADIES
(Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy) The Drawing Resistance traveling political art show blows town this week, so if you haven't been, you're running out of days. Tonight check some serious Party McThrasherness from the likes of Jonny X, Blood Red Sky, and Roy Tinsel--the terrifying fictitious drag queen rock star from the mind of Russ Meyer. JUSTIN WESCOAT SANDERS



SOLOVOX, TALKDEMONIC, QUIET COUNTRIES, SPLEENLESS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Beautiful, curious, etherealÉ just the kind of show that fits the classy modernism of Holocene. Solovox is a one-man creation, a jumble of keyboard, moog, and drum machines to create an original sound that's got one foot in "normal" and one foot in "not." Talkdemonic is an eclectic reflection of one man's lifelong fascination with all things music, and--awesomely--he plays the drums live and everything else is machine style, including the weird and sometimes creepy projections that play behind him, totally complementing the music. Quiet Countries is yet another solo dude, whose electronic universe is sometimes interrupted with actual singing, breaking out of the robotic for a breath. MS



THE HUNCHES, THE PONYS, THE FUSE
(Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny) If Oscar viewers stirred from their deep sleep when they heard the perky jump-jazz rhythms of the Academy Award-nominated tune "Belleville Rendez-vous," they might have noticed the brassy band incorporated vacuum cleaners in its stage show. Portland's Hunches do the same, and they also use a penny whistle, usually a favorite with roving minstrels. But unusual instrumentation aside, the Hunches' pulse-quickening performances spotlight the group's basic yet boisterous blend of R&B grit and feedback-fueled shoegazer haze. ANDREW MILLER



FRIDAY 3/12

LA GUNS, LIVEWIRE, BAD JUJU
(Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny) LA Guns was started in 1987 by former G'N'R guitarist Tracii Guns. Although their 1988 record Cocked and Loaded was a success, they've been floundering since. Notably, Livewire (Motley Crue cover band) played last week with Skid Row, and this week they're playing with LA Guns. Livewire is like the girlfriend of the washed-up hairmetal band. No offense. KATIE SHIMER



NAPALM BEACH, DIESTO, MICO DE NOCHE, SHAME LADY
(Ash St, 225 SW Ash) Napalm Beach is one of Portland's prodigious '90s guitar rock bands, starring Chris Newman, who also starred in the band Snow Bud & the Flower People. Diesto plays dark quick metal marked by some rad ass drumming. PDX hardrockers; this is for you. KS



TERROR, PROMISE, SHATTERED REALM, BORN FROM PAIN, THE ESCAPED
(Solid State, 624 E Burnside) Calling Shattered Realm "metalcore" is a bit like labeling the Rolling Stones "rock." It's technically true, yet it seems like a gross understatement, given that so many inferior acts huddle under the same umbrella. So if asked to describe Shattered Realm, dub them "metalcore," then punch the questioner in the face for added emphasis. This will correctly convey the confrontational force of the New Jersey group's guttural growls, sludgy tar-pit riffs and paralyzing percussion. The inquisitor will surely appreciate your candor. Besides, it's not as if that type of tough-love treatment won't be waiting in the pit. AM



SOUND TEAM, WALLPAPER, JACKIE
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) See Music pg 19



STRIKE ANYWHERE, SILVERSTEIN, F-MINUS, FIFTH HOUR HERO
(Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside) Of all the bands in modern political hardcore, Strike Anywhere is definitely one of the most vital, writing songs about important issues and backing it up with action, both personal and public. This is reflected in their delivery--if you are not currently 15 years old, you will feel like you are during their show, a place where mosh pits magically blossom (organically), and the energy of the performers matches or supercedes that of the youngest member in their audience. JS



CASCADIA: CLIMBER, JAMMOTRON, P. DISCO
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) One of the busiest DJs in P-Town, Jammotron, pairs his fine slice of house with up and coming electro-popsters Climber for a night of blip-bloopin' grooves. JWS



SATURDAY 3/13

SEND TROY TO WASHINGTON DC STARRING THE BONOBO PROJECT, THE DEL TOROS, THE BLACK PEPPERCORNS, PORCH SKANK
(Eagle's Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) It is pretty stupid that class trips are so expensive and yet, they are. Don't you remember going door-to-door, selling candy bars so you could take that big trip to Florida with your performing dance troupe? But then you couldn't perform because you got caught sneaking out of your room and crashing the hotel pool, ending up on hotel quarantine with the smelliest chaperone? Help 14-year-old Troy get into all sorts of trouble--and learn about our nation's founding fathers!--by attending this benefit, generously staged by his sisters, the Black Peppercorns. JS



ALBINO!, TAARKA
(Fez, NW 11th & Burnside) This Bay Area-based, 14-person Afrobeat group features members of Spearhead, and the bands of Fela Kuti, Sonny Okuson, and Hamsa Lila; as such, they pledge to stay true to the tradition Fela laid way, while incorporating elements of jazz and reggae. What an opportunity, and Fez is the perfect venue for it. JS



X, FIST CITY, I CAN LICK ANY SOB IN THE HOUSE
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) If you've seen The Decline of Western Civilization, have read We Got the Neutron Bomb, or, most likely, know a thing or two about early L.A. punk, you already know who X are, and you're well familiar with the pairing of John Doe and Exene Cervenka as two performers who not only cross often between punk and country but also blur the lines between the silver screen and the recording studio (I think it'd be impossible to count the number of cameos Doe's played over the years). JENNIFER MAERZ



BONFIRE MADIGAN, SARAH DOUGHER, VI FOOT SLOTH
(Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside) Madigan Shive, heart and soul of the electrifying Bonfire Madigan, is a punk rock cellist. 'Nuf said. JUSTIN WESCOAT SANDERS



THE CASUALTIES, A GLOBAL THREAT, THE BRIGGS, VALID EFFORT
(Paris, 6 SW 3rd) Keeping it real since 1990, The Casualties deliver tight, speedy, snotty, and at time anthemic punk rock that's as it was in the beginning, and so it ever shall be. Festooned in all their plaid and mohawk glory, they let you believe that the punk movement still has an assload of momentum. MS



COMEBACK KID, WITH HONOR, SCARS OF TOMORROW, PHYSICAL CHALLENGE, KILLING THE DREAM, SIX BULLETS
(Reed College) Comback Kid's confrontational style goes with their drivey heavy metal guitar like cheese and grits; which is to say like gangbusters. Scars of Tomorrow bring up the demonic super-fast "rawr-rawr" hardcore, which could make you lose your mind in either a good way, or a bad way. KS



SUNDAY 3/14

SCHOOL OF ROCK: TEEN OPEN MIC/KARAOKE
(Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi) You know what's best about teen bands? They are not viewing their art as a capitalist/validation venture, at least not on the level of those long unloosed from the warm tether of their mom or dad or whomever supports them monetarily and hopefully emotionally. Unleashed from notions of "getting big" (beyond the occasional, visceral megastar aspirations) or "making money" or even "making enough money for gas in the van," they are free to explore the untapped tundra of deep expression. JS



MOURNING STAR, BIG ISLAND SHINDIG, BAD INFLUENCE, A STAND AT VIENNA, ONE SHOT, NOT THAT UGLY, EVE'S DILEMMA
(Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd) There going to be a lot of slow moving jamming tonight, with this huge lineup of trippy, hippie bands. Big Island Shindig has syrupy grooves, a funk heart and a blues body. Bad Influence is a blues outfit from DC, and then kind of weirdly thrown in is A Stand At Vienna, the former Five Star Failure who play the rock. Welp, that keeps things interesting. MS



MONDAY 3/15

THE CHINESE STARS, DAUGHTERS, SOME GIRLS, BLOWUPNIHILIST
(Meow Meow) See Music pg 19



TOTAL CHAOS, FUNERAL DRESS, RESILIENCE, THE OBSERVERS
(Paris, 6 SW 3rd) In Suburbia, crusty punks and straight-laced family members clash while paying their last respects to a young overdose victim. The unfortunate junkie's dad chastises one of her friends for her unorthodox appearance, to which the rag-clad lass meekly replies "We don't have nice clothes, mister." That, perhaps, was the best funeral dress in punk history. But this Belgium-based band comes close, proving that when it comes to antisocial sentiments ("Cops Ain't No Human Beings"), spikes-and-leather fashion and midpaced streetwise sounds, not much has changed in the two decades since The Rejected and stray dogs terrorized concerned citizens. AM



TUESDAY 3/16

WILL SARTAIN + DRUMS AND KEYS, THE NEW TRANSIT DIRECTION, THE KALLIKAK FAMILY, THANKSGIVING
(Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd) It may have been easy in the past to pamper young Adrian Orange, the teenaged wunderkind behind local folk mainstays Thanksgiving, with the gracious caveat of his age. But with voting age rapidly approaching, Orange is beginning to lose his anomaly status to the harsh light of adulthood; a prospect that he--if his current body of work is any indicator--seems more than happy to confront. Recently completing a lengthy recording session with kaleidoscopic producer Phil Elverum (The Microphones) at the helm, Thanksgiving's evolution in song has found a marriage of sonic maturity that--once it drops--promises to finally project Orange into the limelight that has always seemed radiate around him. ZAC PENNINGTON



MORNING 40 FEDERATION, STARANTULA, THE PUNK GROUP
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Early-morning alcohol consumption is usually a red flag. If you spot friends or family members regularly chugging malt liquor during the hours when McDonald's still serves breakfast, intervention might be necessary. But on St. Patrick's Day, when normal sorts actively emulate the depraved habits of depressing dive-dwelling drunks, using whiskey instead of mouthwash as a wake-up swish substance seems sane. Still, this can be jarring to the healthy-breakfast set, which is why those planning to imbibe unusually early on Wednesday would do well to consult the Morning 40 Federation. Not only does this New Orleans-based band know all about rise-and-moonshine revelry, but also its baritone-sax-blurting Mardi Gras-ready musical mayhem will spark all-night parties, blurring time lines and making that fateful a.m. swig feel totally natural. AM



WEDNESDAY 3/17

OUTLAWS, RBL POSSE, BUDD, ARMAGETTI, HUMP SQUAD, MR DOVE, COPPER LOC, RAY RAY, CRIME, LIFE, AFT, BOLO, JESSE JAMES, KAZY D, SEANT, SCHOLA BILLZ, TRASH HEAP, KRONIC, DEE ARTHUR, ANGEL, CELLY CEL, YOUNG THUG, MILITARY MINDED, DJ FRESH, K VEE, DAY ONE FAMM ALL STARS, MR SANDMAN, POINTT, MORE
(PSU, 2 pm; Berbati's, 9 pm) Tonight, you'll hear selections from those you know--Outlaws, Trash Heap, Dee Arthur, and Black C, the sole surviving member of RBL Posse, for instance--and more folks you might not have heard yet, but don't want to sleep on. Tacoma artist Dirti Byrd's single "Back N' Forth" showcases a superb flow and a propensity for R&B flavored bump, and features Cameo's Larry Blackmon on background vocals. Over tight, bass-y club-style production, Seattle's talented Mr. Benjamin switches up his message between declarations of gangstadom and narrative tales, including a great single-mom encouragement track, "Mommas Keep Ya Head Up." Buddy Love's album Brooklyn$ Fine$$ (on Fat Tone Records, the NY co-promoter of this showcase) brings a New York flow to the show. There's not enough space here to effuse on all of tonight's talent--go out and support. Read the interview with co-promoter Octavius Miller (who's also currently organizing Rapstock, the hiphop version of Woodstock) on pg 19. JS