My, What a Busy Week! 

THURSDAY, APRIL 21

GOODBYE--Though it will remain open in the service of other fun events, the Nocturnal club retires from its grueling existence as a live music venue tonight, with two bands who want to make you sadder than you already are: the splendidly downtrodden Good Life, and the soaring and increasingly morose The Velvet Teen. Goodbye, Nocturnal-the-music-venue. We knew you well. KS
w/Bella Lea, Consafos; Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 8 pm, $10

SPEAKER--An unsung hero of discomforting adolescent angst, cartoonist/author Linda Barry was pumping out darkly comic tales of nerdy teens in Ernie Pook's Comeek before Ghost World was even a blip on the radar. Her novel Cruddy is already a classic of the genre, and in person, Barry is as wickedly funny as she is in print. JWS
Clackamas Community College's Osterman Theatre, 19600 S Molalla, 657-6958 ex. 2686, 7 pm, FREE!

FRIDAY, APRIL 22

LOCAL ROCKERS--In spite of their name, the languidly rocking Point Juncture, WA is a homegrown band. In fact, all of the bands championed by Failing Records are local. The record label's first compilation was a remarkable sampler, showcasing 42 different lesser-known Northwest bands. Tonight's show opens the stage to two other stalwarts from the disc as well, Morgan Grace and Planes Intersect. PB
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 9 pm, $5

LAPTOPS--It's time once again for Fourthcity's Annual Laptop Battle, in which a pack of 16 local keyboard jockeys appear to play really involved games of video solitaire under the guise of "making music." This year's competitors include RRine, risTicon, Senor Frio, and more, and it's all followed by a dance party with Jerry Abstract and Kris Moon. ZP
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $7

SATURDAY, APRIL 23

DRESS-UP PARTIES--Check out these two hilarious dress-up parties for people who demand more fun in life! First up: dress up like your fave Village Person at the Invasion of the Village People Party, featuring '70s disco and filthy '70s porn! Which brings us to filthy choice number two: the Filthy Cocktail Party. Dress up in your trashiest trailer-trash style (with a cocktail spin) and whoop it up to the tunes of Monkeyfur, Trojan Hearse, and Filthy White Trash! WSH
Village People Party: Eagle's Bar, 1300 W Burnside, 9 pm, $4; Filthy Cocktail Party: Conan's, 3862 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm

LIVING LEGENDS--Catch Murs, Scarub, and the rest of the audaciously named Living Legends crew tonight, along with the excellent Jedi Mind Tricks, whose cartoonishly violent lyrics also have the distinction of rhyming the phrase "what have you" more than any hiphop group in recent memory. MS
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $15, All Ages

SUNDAY, APRIL 24

COSMIC SKRONK--The first installment of yet another Berbati's monthly showcase is a doozy--focusing on experimental and improvisational music that's actually good. Catch local faves Hustler White, Scuffle and Dustcough, and the incredible, volcanically rocking psychedelia of Danava. MS
Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $3

STRIPSHOW/READING--It's a big ol' orgy of spoken word and flesh as Seattle's bomb-dropping performance poetry posse Oratrix pairs intriguingly this evening with local queer strip team Glam Star Burlesque. Both groups strive to challenge ideas of gender, sexuality, and so forth--but one uses their P's and Q's to do it, and one uses their T & A. JWS
Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th, 7 pm, $7-10

MONDAY, APRIL 25

FANTOMAS--Made up of performers from Faith No More, Melvins, and Slayer, Fantomas put the hard, hard rock back into prog music. A tidal wave of orchestrated noise, Fantomas definitely isn't for everyone… especially if you're into more linear sounds. But an open mind will experience something new, fresh, and according to many, "genius." WSH
w/The Locust, Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant; Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave, 7:30 pm, $16, All Ages

TUESDAY, APRIL 26

MUSIC--Young God Records head and former Swans frontman Michael Gira is Angels of Light--an introspective and surprisingly reserved project considering his past commitments, but no less compelling. Also along are Gira labelmates Akron/Family (who I suspect will serve as his backing band), and Seattle's favorite rain clouds the Dead Science. ZP
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $12

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

SOARING--The omnipotent Pitchforkmedia.com writes that the music of M83 is created by "layering electro-acoustic sci-fi backdrops… then buoying it all with a massive noir choir." I'm unsure of what that means, but I do know that M83's surreal, soaring compositions are as fascinating as they are powerful--distinct, fluid, versatile, and unabashedly emotional. EH
w/ Ulrich Schnauss, Talkdemonic; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $13-$15

MOVIN'--The incredibly creative and athletic Pilobolus dance group create bizarre and hilarious human sculptures, contorting and weaving their bodies into shapes and "creatures" that defy the imagination. Dance performances do not get more entertaining than this. JWS
Schnitzer Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 790-ARTS, 7:30 pm, $19-43

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