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THURSDAY 03/29

XZIBIT, THA ALKAHOLIKS, DJ CHILL

(Pine Street) As hip hop gets older and more popular, mainstream hip hop inevitably gets way lamer. Exhibit A: Xzibit (no pun intended). A mediocre rapper backed by moneybags Dre, who can play a venue like Pine Street and probably sell it out. But it's not all bad; it just means the underground scene is getting stronger, better, and more sophisticated. KATIA DUNN

GARAJMAHAL, DRUMS & TUBA, GUESTS

(Berbati's) Drums & Tuba began as an attempt by Tony Nozero (drums) and Brian Wolff (tuba) to create a stripped-down marching band, but with the addition of Neal McKeeby's guitar, the project has become something much greater. When all three get their delay pedals working, with McKeeby on two guitars, Nozero building up complex rhythmic patterns from simple parts, and Wolff playing his tuba overtime (fronting both the bass lines and the melody), the band achieves looping, rhythmic grooves that are immediately satisfying. A blend of improvisational jazz, punk, funk, and electronic space-rock. NATE LEVIN

TIGHT BROS FROM WAY BACK WHEN, TURN ME LOOSE, THE NEW CARISSA

(Meow Meow) It's often argued that all-ages shows are more exciting than 21-and-over nights. That's because the kids, more than anyone else, love the Rock. Olympia's Tight Bros from Way Back When is the perfect all-ages band because the Tight Bros ROCK THE FUCKING ROLL. Yes, the Stooges broke up a long time ago, grownups are boring, and rock music is almost dead to most of us, but kids everywhere still stand directly against stages to dance, scream, and sop up stinky, drug-polluted rock-star sweat like there's no tomorrow. Jared, the Tight Bros frontman, even plays a tambourine. If Tight Bros can't bring out the screaming teenager in each and every audience member, I don't know, maybe rock is dead. JEFF DeROCHE


FRIDAY 03/30

CERBERUS SHOAL, SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, THE OPERACYCLE

(Meow Meow) You know that shit that came out of the huge black guy's mouth in The Green Mile when he performed his magic? I'm still not sure what that was trying to represent, but that was precisely what happened to me when I found out Cerberus Shoal is coming. That's how excited I am. It's hard to think about this group, with their horns and guitar playing off each other in such a brilliant, mathematical, trance-inducing manner, without having your head buckle back and your jaw drop to let out a swarm of miracle by-product flies. Co-openers Sleepytime Gorilla Museum don't conjure up any absurd Hollywood metaphors, but do include members of Idiot Flesh, and until I hear them, only makes me feel depressed about zoo-captive monkeys. JOE FAUSTIN KELLY

BULLFROG FEATURING KID KOALA, FCS NORTH W/SIENTIFIC AMERICAN, J-BOOGIE, DUBTRONIC SCIENCE, DJS Z-TRIP & P

(B Complex, 235-4424) See Music Section.

OMCO SHOWCASE STARRING SOLENOID, PAL:NDROM, DECAPOD CLAW

(Medicine Hat) Outward Music Company's next three releases feature creative and accomplished electronic musicians. Chicago's Pal:ndrom fuses layer upon layer of dense sound: backward tape loops, incoherent chatter, and thunderous breakbeats. Jesse James, one half of CNSE, resolves his twisted take on the dancefloor one step further with Decapod Claw. He lets bits of sound percolate under snappy beats, with distant echoes skipping like the original Discman at the back of the bus. Solenoid's latest, Reverse Sender, has some intentional skipping as well. In fact, it flexes about every digital-processing trick imaginable, and in good taste. It's the kind of album that begs either side of your brain for attention, as primordially funky as it is a technical marvel. Through a series of releases this kind of diverse talent might be expected, to catch them live you should be so lucky. ELLIOTT ADAMS

QUASI, LOU BARLOW, ANN MAGNUSON & DAVE RICK

(Crystal Ballroom) I think we all know who is going to steal the show tonight. Will it be Lou Barlow and his dramatically lethargic, harmonic folk? Nah. Quasi, then, and their gritty, Partridge Family (the band, not the cult) harmonies and tight rhythms? Well... no. It's going to be ex-Bongwater diva-goddess ANN MAGNUSON and DAVE RICK. With their ability to get performance-art surreal, then jump into gorgeous, distorted, lo-fi arias courtesy Ann's voice, they are definitely the most interesting and boundary-bending of the three. You'd be a schmuck not to get there early. Julianne Shepherd


SATURDAY 03/31

ABSTRACT RUDE, BUSDRIVER, 2MEX, AWOL, DJ D

(360 Vinyl, 3 pm; Pine Street, 8 pm) Rap inherited freestyling from the jazz art of scat, but instead of emoting with notes, rappers improvise meaning through words, which must adhere to some kind of syntax and semantics, rules of the material that keep it close to the ground. But language both follows rules and improvises: you don't know how you're going to finish most of your sentences when you start them. This tug-of-war between the rules of language and the expressive power of it is what often limits freestylists to one-liners or awkward circles, but not Abstract Rude. He is the only rapper I've seen who can completely release from the gravity of syntax and semantics. When freestyling, if he taps into whatever it is that made the likes of Armstrong, Coltrane, and Dolphy release such captivating solos on the stage, Abstract Rude will close his eyes and purify language into a true stream of consciousness. BRIAN GOEDDE

TRE ARROW, MICHAEL HAGMEIER

(Opening to Life Center, 532 SE Ankeny) I hope Tre Arrow is better at singing than shoplifting. If not, at least he can rely on didjeridoo player Michael Hagmeier. In related news, I learned recently that "freegan" refers to someone who is a vegan--until they steal animal products, in which case it is okay to consume them because they're not "buying into the system." That is an interesting rationalization, and also the MOST RETARDED THING I HAVE EVER HEARD. JS

BATHTUB FULL OF SHARKS, SO SADLY FUCKED

(Rabbit Hole) With its smirking allusion to danger lurking in the most comforting of places, Bathtub Full of Sharks is perhaps one of the most appropriately titled bands in town. Like the band's name itself, Tony Gonzalez's voice is a dichotomy; in one instant, gently wiping down the lyrics with a soothing patience; a blink later, meanly snapping like a wet towel in a high school locker room.. With a simple, straightforward ensemble, they put off the unassuming confidence of a mid-'60s California garage band. PHIL BUSSE

THE OWNERS, SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, LAST OF THE JUANITAS, WADSWORTH

(Satyricon) If there was a barometer at Satyricon, somehow measuring pressure brought about by sheer rock factor, well... wow, that would be a pretty good advancement in meteorological science. Anyway, this show is going to fucking rock--The Owners with their mad distortion, noise aesthetes Sleepytime G.M., the Juanitas and their mastery of cackling, sharp-angled guitars. If you don't feel like you'll explode with excitement and the adrenaline only a show like this can give you, seek medical assistance immediately, because you MIGHT BE DEAD. JS

TOO $HORT, F-40, B-LEGIT

(Roseland) In a game where a certain degree of bravado is a requirement, it takes real cajones for a hip hopper to call himself Too $hort. Although he's been rapping for the past two decades, his raunchy rhymes are far too lewd for commercial airplay. Too $hort rhymes about hoes, weed, and making money with a characteristically laid-back delivery. His subjects may seem old hat, but remember that Too $hort was telling us what it was like to be a playa when Jay-Z was still in grade school. JESSICA TROIANO

JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER, BEDS

(Disjecta, 116 NE Russell) Two of Portland's very best improv bands take on Disjecta, a cavernous room which will surely fill smooth as a glass of wine with their non-linear radios, guitars, bells, saxophone, drums, and a variable group of other instruments. JS

MADE FOR TV MOVIE, HEART BEATS RED, AVEO

(Meow Meow) This is a tour kick-off show for Portland's own passionate, rocking and highly emotional Made for TV Movie and Heart Beats Red. If you haven't yet seen them, you should DO IT NOW, because both bands are incredible and energetic, and they won't be playing here for awhile (the tour, duh). Also, the singer from Aveo sounds exactly like Morrissey--it's uncanny, really--and they are well worth your time. JS


SUNDAY 04/01

THE RESIDENTS

(Roseland) Like the films of Guy Maddin, or Goya's last pictures, The Residents' music seems to lie in some fissure of common reality, whence it peers out with great trepidation at a messy and vindictive world. The strangled nasal voices and strange, synthesized loops and whistles--all layered under atonal guitar meanderings and eclectic, plodding rhythms--perfectly amplify an abiding sense of buried frustration. The Residents have always managed to imply a world whose boundaries are somehow both far beyond our own, yet innate to every cell of living human tissue. JAMIE HOOK

CHARM BRACELET STARRING URBAN LEGENDS, LAUREL CANYON

(Meow Meow) When I think of bands who score silent films, I often imagine tragically hip goth-types, weeping as they cast some 1914 film in an entirely new, post-modern light. Which isn't to say that it's not effective--it can be completely moving. But not at this event. Here we've got Urban Legends, a sweet pop band who does, I admit, occasionally smack a little of tragedy. But mostly, they're have a kind of sandpaper pop sound, one that will illuminate Reed Harkness' film in a happy way. Also playing is Laurel Canyon, the fuzzy and dark instrumentalists who will sigh you a breathy, earnestly vulnerable tune. KATIA DUNN

KITTY DIGGINS' APRIL FOOLS DAY BALL

(Berbati's) Fans of post-modern burlesque will be pleased to note another new show from Portland's Queen of Naughtiness, Kitty Diggins. This one is a masked ball that sheds some light on the origins of April Fool's Day using disguise, comedy and vintage cabaret songs and sketches. But that's not all! Did you know that tonight marks the last night the infamous Tres Shannon will be booking Berbati's--unless of course he's fooling, it being April Fool's Day and all. But what if he isn't?? Better dash down there and pay your respects, just in case! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

BRMC, MY REGRETS

(Dante's) Don't know why the need to extend an already unusually long name with an abbreviation and an explanation...but whatever. B.R.M.C. are the sound of new rock. Picking up the alcohol-soaked gauntlet that Jesus & Mary Chain dropped by finally flaming out, which JAMC in turn stole from the Velvet Underground and who B.R.M.C. tourmates The Dandy Warhols have been desperately trying to steal for years, these three cats are the shiznit of distorted Stooges monstrosity. With an album due to drop in late April, and a press officer who keeps cramming Noel Gallagher's endorsement down our throats, they're likely to go big--you know, that sort of Godzilla-is-here-to-crush-your-puny-radio big. Expect KNRK to pick it up long after the fact, and the next time they're in town to be playing a much wider stage. JAMIE S. RICH


MONDAY 04/02

JAD FAIR, ADULT RODEO, OLD TIME RELIJUN

(Meow Meow) There's a famous quote in Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King about Half Japanese being better than the Beatles. Can that be true? Of course. For starters, Jad Fair has written more songs (and more original songs, too) than the Liverpool lads who, much as their melodies might have touched a popular nerve, could never claim originality. His songs are of an equally high standard, he sings about monsters and love, and he keeps the torch of rock and roll burning every time he picks up a guitar or rolled-up newspaper on-stage. He's special. Can you honestly claim the same for the Beatles? They're only special when folk like Daniel Johnston or Jad reinvest their songs with meaning. Jad is special just in the way he picks up a pair of scissors. EVERETT TRUE

HOT WATER MUSIC, LEATHERFACE, SMALL BROWN BIKE, LONGSHOT

(Pine Street) The same year Leatherface recorded their recently re-released album, The Last, was the year I was receiving a steady stream of mix tapes in the mail from a friend who turned me on to this new brand of punk. I purchased as many of these records as I could find--bands like Jawbreaker, Samiam, Antioch Arrow, Hoover, Husker Du, and so on. Today I only keep those records around for nostalgic purposes, but upon hearing this Leatherface album, not only was I amazed this band had evaded my record collection, but I couldn't turn the damn thing off! Melodic, but raw--catchy, but not too catchy, Leatherface blends every aspect that brought me to the genre in the first place and still stands the time-test. JFK


TUESDAY 04/03

If you didn't go see SOME show over the weekend, don't come crying to me that it's Tuesday and there's nothing going on.


WEDNESDAY 04/04

WRESTLING, DJ HESHER

(Satyricon) No, "Wrestling" is not a band. It is ACTUAL WRESTLING. Four matches. In the middle of Satyricon. With rad butt rock and metal by DJ Hesher. Rumors are flying that you can actually wrestle Elvis--you know Elvis, our friend who runs the Church of Elvis and plays his cardboard guitar around town. Yeah, supposedly it started with his weekly spanking booth (really... Elvis had a spanking booth) and kind of evolved into--full-blown wrestling. This is the stuff of urban legends, people. JS


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Thurs 3/29: Nick Cave (Paramount)

Fri 3/30: The Residents (EMP); Ginuwine, John B., Trick Daddy (I-Spy); MJ Cole (Ego)

Tues 4/3: Henry Rollins (Moore Theatre)

Wed 4/4: The Soft Boys, The Minus 5 (Crocodile)

For more info, visit www.thestranger.com

New Releases April 3: Amorphis, Antibalas, Apes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Cake, Nick Cave, Emetrex, Fletcher Pratt, Fonda, Ginuwine, Godzik Pink, Guided by Voices, Lumen, Mark Farina, Melvins, Mirwais, Moe, Of Montreal, Projektor, Rammstein, Run-DMC, Dave Seaman, Simian, Sixth Great Lake, Thou, Twigs, Andy Votel, Wagon Christ, X-Ecutioners

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