THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6

FREEDOM FOR SATURN, LAST OF THE JUANITAS, CORREGATED

(Meow Meow) Only on rare occasions do hard-living rockers play all ages clubs. If you're too young or annoyed by bars to have seen the Juanitas yet, go now. Their noisy rock is righteous live, and they don't stand around looking bored. You may even find yourself transformed into someone a lot tougher than you once were. KATIE SHIMER

THE TIGER LILLIES

(Crystal Ballroom) Here's what sounds good about this cabaret: There are three people in the band/act, all of whom wear ridiculous/scary goth outfits and ham it up with genuinely creepy premises, like by parodying children's stories. They're very cryptic and scathing, and say things all the time like, "Life is utterly miserable because of you personally." Now, here's what sounds bad: This is an event put on for someone's birthday at PICA, so it's bound to be attended by lots of people making lame inside jokes, and lots of PICA scenesters. KATIA DUNN

GRATITUDE, ART BY JOHN BOLLES

(Joy, 3286 NE Killingsworth, 287-0800, 7 pm) It's the grand opening of Joy, Northeast's new all ages, music and art space. Yay! The more places for kids to sprout art, the better. Plus, it's community-oriented, and since it's all ages, the oppressive and racist OLCC can't shut it down if they decide to play hiphop. (See News pg 7) JULIANNE SHEPHERD

HERBERT

(B Complex) See Music pg 15

PICKATHON CD RELEASE PARTY

(Bitter End) At its best, a bootleg carries the sense and sensibility of the event it is recording--whether it is a sweaty dance club or an outdoor hippie fest. Although the newly minted Pickathon (authorized) bootleg CD doesn't come with patchouli scratch-and-sniff liner notes, it holds the giddy sun-washed summer afternoon on which it was recorded last August. The day was a smorgasbord of stringed instruments holding court with the usual longhair suspects from slow shuffling honky tonk to the boot-stomping C&W of Freak Mountain Ramblers. PHIL BUSSE


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7

LARRY YES CD RELEASE PLUS HERBERT MATTHEWS GOES TO THE SIERRA

(Blackbird) Herbert Matthews Goes to the Sierra is a ROCK OPERA!! YOW! See CD Review pg 15

MEDICINE SHOW: THE DICKEL BROTHERS, RUBE WADDELL, FRANCES FARMER GALS

(Dante's) The hometown ho-downers Portland is most proud of are finally back from hiatus! The Dickel "don't call us bluegrass" Brothers play polished, energetic sets of traditional American music, causing even the most porcelain-faced wall supporters to quake with dancing ants in their pants--especially after everyone else has been pied-pipered out and around the block, whipped into a clapping, singing, whiskey-breathed stampede. One envisions openers Rube Waddell busking an automotive graveyard with their warpy, homemade instruments and jug band style, while The Frances Farmer Gals start things off with emotively harmonized, country girl rock. MARJORIE SKINNER

MODEST MOUSE, LES SAVY FAV, ATLAS STRATEGIC

(Crystal) Yo, Isaac Brock! I WHUPPED YOUR ASS IN MUSIC TRIVIA!! NYAH NYAH POOP! [The preceding sentences were written by a woman left cold and empty by her tragic "Mercury Music Trivia Challenge" defeat. She feels inadequate (since the only opponent she actually beat was high as a fucking kite) and therefore must make herself feel "bigger" by making others--in this case, Modest Mouse vocalist Brock--feel "smaller." It is a sad world, my friends. A sad, sad world.] HAHHAHH, I FUCKING KILLED YOU IN TRIVIA, STONER! WOOOOOOH! MOLDED! JULIANNE SHEPHERD

THE PLACES, DOLOREAN

(Disjecta, 116 NE Russell) See My What a Busy Week pg 13


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8

FANTOMAS

(Roseland) I don't often find myself recommending supergroups or non-linear avant metal noise fests, but the Fantomas are worth it. Spastically sprung from the Technicolor, improv-driven brain of Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, ex-Faith No More), the Fantomas are propelled vividly by the wrecking-ball guitar work of Buzz Melvin, and nailed firmly to the ceiling by the percussion of former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo (who, despite the fact that he was last seen recording Vivaldi's Rites of Spring, is one of the best metal drummers alive). Even better, all the tracks from their latest release are covers of horror-film theme songs. What could be more delightful than watching such talent rattle through everything from the Twin Peaks theme to Cape Fear and Spider Baby? Count me in. HANNAH LEVIN

'STACHE BASH 2001

(Chopsticks) Of all contemporary men's fashions, it is the moustache that is the absolute grossest. It gathers food, it implies pimpdom, it is so very dad-like--I would rather make out with seven crustcore dudes with beards down to their knees, than one boy with a Burt Reynolds moustache. Regardless, a cache of Portland guys have been growing moustaches for the past month, and to celebrate, they will be gathering at Chopsticks for some moustache-related karaoke. All those with moustaches are invited, and for the facial-hairily-challenged, you can draw on a moustache or make one out of fake fur or paperclips or, my favorite, Q-Tips. This is so gross, I can't believe I'm advocating it. JS

MODEST MOUSE, LES SAVY FAV, ATLAS STRATEGIC

(Crystal) Lately, more bands are catching the No Wave train, eschewing traditional rock timing for the hipper waters of downtown dance and artiness. Les Savy Fav met at art school in Providence, RI, which is the next coolest place in America after Portland, OR--I'm not kidding--and proceeded to add their hot beats to a very cool sampling of driven guitars, producing a sound that may not necessarily impress the basement extremist, but are beyond typical indie just enough that Modest Mouse fans will feel a little more down with the underground. But, since many Modest Mouse shows consist of a bunch of drunk frat guys singing along loudly, there is the possibility that Les Savy Fav will get their asses kicked for being artists. Let our hearts and prayers be with them, that they may have a safe journey. JS


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9

U-SOUND INSTALLATION

(Blackbird) With the obvious and huge exception of jazz music, it is easy to associate saxophones with that scene in Better Off Dead where John Cusack very poorly "sax-synchs" to his French lover. This stigma can be attributed to the decade known as the '80s, when bands such as Huey Lewis & the News and Ray Parker, Jr. used sax solos to make their already-cheesy music even cheesier, fully tainting the image of the saxophone as the preferred instrument of balding guys with midlife crises. In the proper context, however, the saxophone is an extremely powerful instrument, and in 2001, is used most excellently at the U-Sound Installation. Consisting of about 40 million people (in this case, the more, the better) whose musical resumes range from Jackie-O Motherfucker to Smegma to the Swords Project, this is improv executed by professionals. Instruments are found sounds, guitars, drums, pots, pre-programmed beats, upright bass, and of course, no less than two of the unfairly-reviled saxophone. If you're into abstract improv that blends the best of the past with the equipment of the future, U-Sound is awesome, and the saxophones will become an extension of your breathing. JS

MEGADETH

(Roseland) Megadeth is, by far, the worst metal band ever. Why they are popular, I don't know, since they don't have a single redeeming quality or even any hot band members. I saw them play one time in maybe '92, while I was embarrassingly waiting to see the Aerosmith "Get a Grip" Tour, and they started out with that stupid fucking song, poignantly sung about mental illness, that goes "Hello me, it's me again." I despise that fucking song. Metal should be all about the guitar riffs, not about the annoying, campy vocals of the totally heinous frontguy. And, in their press photo, I think they are all wearing lip gloss. KATIE SHIMER


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11

BELLE & SEBASTIAN, JONATHAN RICHMAN

(Roseland) Belle & Sebastian are finally making their way to the West Coast after about six years of eluding their possibly most fervent followers. According to trumpet player/bassist Mick Cooke, in recent past shows "There'd be a point in the middle of our gigs when we'd take requests for cover versions from the audience and try to pull one together there and then on the spot. As well as it being great fun, it also kind of expands the possibilities of the band, I mean you might surprise yourself of what you're able to do. We did a song by Arthur Lee and Love just off the cuff, having not really practiced it together, which went surprisingly well. And we actually did a kind of karaoke version of 'The State I'm In' and somebody from the audience came up and sang it and we just backed them up. So we've been messing about a bit at shows." Dreamy Jonathan Richman opens. ARTURO DIAZ

FREE FORUM

(Frontline) Since some of the best DJs in Portland are now temporarily homeless (see News pg 7), maybe they--and you!--can cart their records over to the Frontline's Free Forum, in which a host of local DJs are invited to spin their shit and, hopefully, make the crowd's booties bounce. JS


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12

TINY PICTURE CLUB W/LIVE SCORE BY HALIDE QUASI-AUDIO TEST

(Mission Theater) Super8 films (see pg 27) scored by Halide Quasi-Audio Test, which includes the current Mercury "Music Trivia Challenge" champion, Samm Koolmbs, and longtime cohort Jinit Wyesse. Merkruy spel ril gud. JS

NOMADIC NOIZE, ARKITEK, THREE MILE ISLAND, DJ SAFI, DJ PAUSZ

(Blackbird) Lots of people site lots of influences, but Nomadic Noize literally travels around the world collecting pieces of music. In the last 33 months, they've been in 9 countries recording random people talking and acquiring random beats, which they infuse into their music. Though it does sound really cool in theory, the music is actually pretty typical "live electronica," and "world beat breaks" (as the press release lists it). But if you're curious, now's your chance to hear some beats collected from Japan, or Thailand, or New Zealand. KD


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New Releases Sept. 11: Barcelona, Beulah, Billy Mahonie, Cannanes & Explosion Robinson*, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Holiday Flyer, Lanterna, Lil Troy, Lilys, Damian Marley, Mercury Rev, Murder City Devils, Solex, Spiritualized, Transient *=potentially neat. all dates may change