THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30

LISS BLISS—If you haven't heard Lissie yet, well, you will. The Midwest-born singer is responsible for the excellent Catching a Tiger, a well-crafted and soulful rock recording released by the influential Fat Possum label. No mere singer/songwriter, Lissie's music channels the vocal splendor of Neko Case alongside the barroom rumble of Heartless Bastards. EAC

Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13-15

BONE HOME—Since when did Bone Thugs-n-Harmony move to Portland? Even if they didn't actually get outta Cleveland like LeBron did, it certainly does seem like the seminal rappers are in town every few months. While Krayzie Bone and crew are a long way removed from the classic E. 1999 Eternal days, Bone Thugs are still holding it down, most notably on this year's Uni5: The World's Enemy. EAC

w/Tragedy, Mikey Vegaz; Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 8 pm, $25-30, all ages

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31

SEXY EVE—Get your sheets wet, listenin' to Keith Sweat! Boost your booty-gettin' chances by 94 percent this New Year's Eve with one of the sultriest, sexiest, suavest R&B crooners of the New Jack Swing era. Sweat will undoubtedly get your date's blood boiling (in a good way) with bedroom classics such as "I Want Her," "Twisted," and "Nobody." WSH

w/Mint Condition, Tracy Harris, Mike Phillips; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $55

YUM—Starting at 11 pm, the first 100 distinguished connoisseurs to buy a glass of anything bubbly (alcoholic or non) at either Pix location will get a free ticket for their midnight chocolate buffet. Then drop the pretense and gorge your gullet on chocolate mousse, cake, ice cream, beer, and more tasty cocoa treats! 2011 is going to be délicieux. VT

Pix Patisserie, 3402 SE Division; 3901 N Williams, 11 pm, FREE with purchase

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

LATE XMAS—All the original members of X (that means John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake) are back in business, and tonight they'll play the entirety of their seminal 1980 debut Los Angeles, plus you'll get a chance to see the 1986 documentary X: The Unheard Music. NL

Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $20, all ages

NEW YEAR, VINTAGE BADASSERY—At last, a perfect way to nurse your hangover! The Grindhouse Film Festival's New Year's Day Grindhouse Movie Marathon features three insane examples of pulp cinema: 1975's kung-fu classic Master of the Flying Guillotine, Lucio Fulci's gore-tastic horror tale Gates of Hell (1980), and 1988's Lady Terminator, an Indonesian action flick so bugnuts crazy that it'll make the other 364 days of 2011 look like boring crap. EH

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy; Master of the Flying Guillotine at 3:30 pm, Gates of Hell at 5:30 pm, Lady Terminator at 7:30 pm, $7 each or $12 for all three

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2

LOTTERY TIME—The Blazers host the Houston Rockets... and what can you say about a pair of underachieving teams fighting, essentially, for middling draft picks this summer? No, seriously. What else is there to say? Maybe this: As disappointing as the Blazers have been, the Rockets have been worse. DCT

Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 6 pm, $12-160

WTFWJD?—Equal parts tribute to gospel and subtle mockery of same, the stage full of musicians in the Git Rights Gospel Revue perform beautiful renditions of legit hymns like "Amazing Grace" alongside country satire like "Trucker's Prayer" and "It Ain't Gay to Love Jesus." Amen and another shot of whiskey! VT

Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick, 5 pm, FREE

MONDAY, JANUARY 3

RAINY STATE—The holidays are over and it's a new year, but the winter and wet will stretch on—time to cozy up with local treasure Typhoon, whose thoughtful songs go well with window gazing, with just enough of a sunny brass punch to stave off depression. MS

w/Wampire, Breakfast Mountain, the Reservations; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $5

RED HOT AND ROLLIN'—Long before the franchise's current upswing thrust you back into the folds of fandom, Wayne Thompson was covering the Portland Trail Blazers. Blazermania: This Is Our Story is the result of decades of in-depth team coverage, a hardbound coffee-table book of biblical importance to any who dares call themselves a Blazers fan. EAC

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4

GO GOTH—Have you felt shunned by the karaoke world because the Sisters of Mercy wasn't an option? Worry no more, as Caritas brings you a goth/industrial karaoke night—and the ability to mumble along to Bauhaus, the Banshees, and other goth standards. SY

Red Room, 2530 NE 82nd, 9 pm, FREE

ROCK 'N' ROLL FOREVER—While venerable barcade Ground Kontrol is in the midst of a massive remodel, they're keeping things going in their temporary location, the "Warp Zone." That includes Rock Band Tuesdays, where you can play any song from any Rock Band—backed up by a serious sound system, HD projection, and an adoring (or hateful) crowd. It's like karaoke, but with you and all your pals busting out "Enter Sandman" instead of some depressing drunken lady slurring through "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." EH

Ground Kontrol's "Warp Zone," 10 NW 5th, 9 pm, FREE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5

CASEY'S LIPS—Casey Dienel's White Hinterland is a study in fickle natures, so it's no surprise that her "Icarus" was chosen both to shill Revlon lip stain and propel Portland's most recent Project Runway winner across the finish line—fashion is a fickle beast, but it tends to have good taste. MS

w/Neal Morgan, Sporting; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $7

DOUGHNUTS—Tracy Letts is still one of the country's most interesting playwrights, as anyone who saw August: Osage County can attest. Opening this week, Superior Donuts is a buddy comedy set in a doughnut store in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. Of course, because it's Letts, blood is shed. AH

Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Feb 6, $25-42