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THURSDAY 5/8

THE PRIDS, GREEN CIRCLES, VANISHING KIDS
(Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny) If you are even remotely attracted to music of the dark and gloomy persuasion, tonight your number's up, in black lights, plus fog. Three bands influenced--but not imprisoned--by the tenets of good mid-'80s UK goth/post-punk, there's bombast, angles, and a misty drape of effects pervading every mysterious corner. The Prids release the fabulous Love Zero--though with their tight blend of bittersweet, melodic bass, Bilinda/Kevin-esque dual vocal action, and crimson hymns of regret, it's awfully hard to ever picture them engaged in a match of tennis. Vanishing Kids' incredible Rest the Glove that Wears You Down relies less on effects and gloomy atmosphere and more on profound feats of guitar composition--one listen to its anguished vocals, ominous bass lines and weird propensity for devilish hooks, and you'll understand why they're indisputably one of Portland's best bands. The Green Circles' tiny new CD-3, Hearts Increase, seems shipped directly from The Factory, and gets minimally snagged and twitchy in all the same places Joy Division's Ian Curtis would. Make this evening the soundtrack to yr existential crisis. JULIANNE SHEPHERD



THE SADIES, RICHMOND FONTAINE,

DEAREST CROWN, FIST CITY
(Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy) The Sadies are not only my new favorite band, they've actually kind of created a new genre of music: Cowboy Surf Rock. Man or Astroman-style surf crashes into the Spaghetti-western strands of the Southwest, and yet, the result is peaceful, harmonious... like the calm of a ravaged town in the wake of a tidal wave. JUSTIN WESCOAT SANDERS



DUTCH FLAT, THE FORTH, JUPITER SATELLITE, SILVER SURFER
(Ash Street, 225 SW Ash) Tonight's lineup at the Ash St. is as well rounded as liberal art student's class schedule at the University of Northwest Rock Music. Silver Surfer's first period course will go over the art of taking inspiration from video games and cultivating subtle, cheerful resemblance to They Might Be Giants. Second period is stargazing 101 with Jupiter Satellite, who must have spent nights reading chords into the constellations over McMinnville. Then The Forth takes over with a lecture on emotive, mercurial lyric delivery and conversational guitar directives. The Dutch Flat finishes off with a master class on the limitless potential of drums and intricate construction. MARJORIE SKINNER



ENTER THE RACE, NO THANKS TO YOU,

THE EMPTY, LUM
(Meow Meow, 520 SE Pine) No Thanks to You plays the straightedge hardcore, or if you can stand the term, emo-core. They're all hurt feelings and tortured singing, but they'll win you over by coming down on the guitar, creating a cacophony of speedy youthful angst. KATIE SHIMER



FRIDAY 5/9

DEAD MOON, THE NIGHTMARES,

THE SHINEY THINGS
(Berbati's) Dead Moon is deader than ever. You won't see a better garage punk band fronted by a husband-and-wife team from Clackamas this year. JWS



DECOMPOSER MUSIC SERIES
(Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy) See Destination Fun pg 15



BBOY/BGIRL BATTLE W/DJ MAGNETO, DJ DELAY
(Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside) Dancing is cool--but you know what is the coolest dance form of all? Breakdancing. That's why you all need to check out the breakdancing competition going down tonight. B-Boys and B-Girls are gonna battle it out to the very end with a cash prize going to the victor. Get there early and check out the graffiti expo before the dancing starts at 7 pm. NICOLE WARREN



BAST, PORTLAND, HIGH & MIGHTY, DITCHLIQUOR
(DV8, 5021 SE Powell) The speedy rock, legendary guitar solos, and fancy showmanship of the High and Mighty are reason enough to leave the house tonight. Plus, enjoy a double dose of high-energy singing with the new all-male version of the old all-female version of Portland's own band Portland: this time, they're metal. KS



THE GOSSIP, THE PLANET THE, KING COBRA
(Blackbird) See Music pg 17



NATURAL RHYTHM, CNS ENGINEERING
(1201, 1201 SW 12th) Thomas White and Pete Williams, performing as Natural Rhythm, spin a tasty concoction of house, whose spooky layered subtleties and cut-up vocal tracks are analogous to their self-produced singles and remixes. Local tech house ambassador CNS Engineering warms it up. JS



CREEPY OLD TRUCKS, STARS OF TRACK & FIELD, KING OF SPAIN, TEA FOR JULIE
(Fez, 316 SW 11th) Stars of Track & Field have been playing everyday, but that doesn't make their sweet-and-somber wanderlust pop any less sweet; just more readily available. King of Spain has some pop-rock zingers, and Creepy Old Trucks harkens back to grunge. So this evening might remind you of the '90s, but looking at the '00s, I wish it still were the '90s. KS



FRANK FURTER & THE HOT DOGS
(Delta Café, 4607 SE Woodstock) See CD Review, pg 17



MORGAN GRACE, THE VOLUMES, THE NEINS
(Twilight, 1420 SE Powell) The Volumes hit listeners with a hard fusion of punk-soul that makes you want to dance on the inside and out. Frontman Morgan Schick plays up his impending stardom perfectly with screams and inspired head bobs, while moppet-haired guitarist Matt Parenteau almost scares you into thinking he may collapse in a fit of ecstasy because he loves playing music so much. When I saw them live they did a smokin' "Raspberry Beret" cover, earning them mucho points in my book. NICOLE WARREN



VOLTAIRE, XPLODING BOYS, CARRION, NON
(Studio 111, 111 SE Madison) After hearing his music, I suspect Voltaire will give us as much of a theatrical performance as a singing act. His spooky, violin-backed "I'm evil" songs sung in a low theater-nerd voice are hokey as hell and include plenty of references to the devil and vampires. Let's hope he performs them in costume with a bunch of choreographed zombie dancers in the background. The Xploding Boys are a Cure cover band, and their reproductions are magical. KS



PORNSTORE JANITOR, FLYING DUTCHMEN
(Satyricon) The Satyricon's last big hurrah before it's taken over by new owners and possibly gutted... or possibly not changing one bit. Who knows? As of press time, nobody's talking. Get the full scoop on pg 11.



COOL NUTZ PSU CAMPUS DAY TOUR
(PSU, 1825 SW Broadway, noon) Cool Nutz On Campus is way better than Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School, but not as good as Adam Sandler in Billy Madison. Still, Portland's rapping entrepreneur shall bump PSU in a most scholarly fashion. There might even be a morality tale. JS



SATURDAY 5/10

STARANTULA, GAS HUFFER,

THEE BUTCHER'S ORCHESTRA
(Blackbird) Howlin'. Comin' at ya. Starantula creeping through the night and into your dreams like some sort of classic goth-rock earwig. Gas Huffer? Been squirting out twangy punk rock since the Stone Age. Thee Butcher's Orchestra hails from Sao Paolo, Brazil; a popular tourist spot known renowned for its beautiful architecture. JWS



ALL-GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND RECORD RELEASE PARTY/BBQ/KICKBALL
(Magic Marker House, 4306 SE 34th, BBQ at 5 pm, music at 8 pm) The All-Girl Summer Fun Band is what Josie And The Pussycats would've sounded like had they been dosed on Jolt Cola Jell-O shooters. Watch the girls bop about the Magic Marker house for their record release, playing chords sweeter and fuzzier than an angora sweater soaked in Hawaiian Punch. Experience the twee-as-hell hand clapping rhythms, the stage skits, the innocent gawdblessed joy! But really, it's waaay more fun to imagine that they're evil. Yeah, that all this fun and sun and... mun (couldn't think of anything else to rhyme with "un." sorry) is a plot to trick us into falling in love with them. THEN, when we sleep, they slit our throats with Hello Kitty Switchblades (tm) and drag our un-fun lifeless corpses 'round town bellowing their victory. Now that's summer fun! ADAM GNADE



CHERRY BLOSSOMS, YOUNG TOM AND THE NAÏVE
(Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina) Cherry Blossoms is comprised of the dainty slough of Hochenkeit. Like Hochenkeit, it is rumored to be of both the "experimental" and "improvisational" camps of modern-day music. JS



BONFIRE MADIGAN, LES BATON ROUGE, MS. LED
(Nocturnal) Berlin-based Portuguese punks Les Baton Rouge combine the jerky rhythms of early Wire, the feisty politics of Riot Grrrl, and the improbable caterwaul of vocalist Suspiria Franklyn into a mess of cacophony and sonic mayhem. The Sleater/Ani-inflected punk rock of Ms. Led is always good for raising a fist to. TIZZY ASHER



LITTLE RIVER BAND
(Aladdin, 3016 SE Milwaukie) I always get the Little River Band confused with the Nitty Gritty Jug Band or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band or whatever they're called. I also get 'em confused with the Average White Band and that evil mob of swamp Muppets from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, the Riverbottom Nightmare Band. But that's not the point. The important thing is, the Little River Band plays countrified adult contempo rock and they're from Australia. Which is a damn evil combination. AG



SUNDAY 5/11

DAR WILLIAMS
(Aladdin) Ahh, Dar... the last remnant of a dying breed. You and your DiFranco-worshiping musical race used to make us so happy back in the late '90s, when closing our eyes and spinning around in our spaghetti-strap tank top with skirt-over-jeans combo to trussed-up folk music was all the rage. Too bad it didn't last. Perhaps if you hadn't passed off an hour of you standing in front of a mic acting cute and flustered as live entertainment, and then charged $30 for the experience (as you did on your last tour through Portland), you'd still be alive and kickin'. Alas you didn't, and you aren't. You're fading, fading... you're gone. JWS



DEATH BY STEREO, WESTERN WASTED, 800 OCTANE, COUNTDOWN TO LIFE
(Meow Meow) I don't understand this whole "death by stereo" thing. Now, something like death by drowning or by SARS or overeating makes sense, but how does one die by stereo? Would that be, like, a brain hemorrhage from two speakers blasting on either side of your head? Or maybe being bludgeoned by a boom box? I dunno. Makes no sense. HOWEVER, death by generic nu-metal seems a whole lot more likely. You betcha--too many listens to this crappy band might be the death of humanity as we know it. God save us. ADAM GNADE



DEAD PREZ, LIBRETTO, COOL NUTZ, MR. SPENCE, DJS TUFFY, HONEYCUT, DJ FRESH
(PSU Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway) KPSU DJs are among the most involved/active in the Portland music community beyond the confines of the studio walls. As a result, it makes sense they would employ Dead Prez--America's most politically astringent rap duo--to head up their benefit show. Outspoken, unflinching, and in possession of one of the most compelling slide shows in existence, the revolutionaries in Dead Prez put on a great performance, and will have you questioning your beliefs as quickly as they motivate you to dance, whether you agree with them or not. JS



MONDAY 5/12

ALL-GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND, HALF-SEAS-OVER, JURASSIC PLASTIC, DJ CHAOS ENGINE
(Nocturnal) See Saturday Listing.



ESSEX GREEN, RECLINERLAND, DOLOUR, DURANGO PARK
(Blackbird) One good look at the cover art for The Long Goodbye should clue you in to the fact that the Essex Green share an association with Brooklyn's Ladybug Transistor. "If the songs on this album went to high school, they'd be the sweet, mopey art kids that kept to themselves, the ones that trash picked their outfits and talked the PE teacher into taking farfisa lessons." (So says their bio.) Thankfully, the Essex Green remain forever young, swollen with sweet harmonies and an obvious love for the Mamas & the Papas. KATHLEEN WILSON



BITCH AND ANIMAL, LES BATON ROUGES, CONTAGIOUS & CAVEMAN
(Meow Meow) Unfortunately, Bitch and Animal isn't a touring production of the Muppets' band featuring guitarist Janice in full Meredith Brooks mode. But what this duo lacks in red-fuzziness, it compensates with crass creativity. Bitch and Animal loves cramming vulgarity into its vocabulary--"concoction" becomes "cuntcocktion," "Massachusetts" becomes "Mass-a-two-tits," "pussy" becomes an all-purpose compliment, as outlined in the foul-mouthed folkies' "pussy manifesto." So even if they think hearing a bass-and-bongos band wax poetic about "Sparkly Queen Areola" sounds less than scintillating, concert-goers who have always wanted to yell "This rocks, pussy style," "pussy-tastic" or any such variation without justly being beaten to a pulp finally have their forum. While you're there, try to guess which one is Bitch and which is Animal. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised. ANDREW MILLER



THE CINCH, THE BRIGGS, PAPER TIGERS
(Satyricon) The Cinch's new self-titled EP on Dirtnap Records is a very tasty confection of minimal harmonic punk, with the heavy-lidded, bass poise of the Velvet Underground infused across a landscape of scrappy, bubblegummy power chords. Simple but not simplistic, the Vancouver quartet realizes the power of a little fuzz as accessory, and does a Modern Lovers cover. Can't go wrong there. JS



TUESDAY 5/13

OZMA, SLOWREADER, EARLIMART, OLIVER
(Solid State, 7th & E Burnside) If you lovey-love Weezer, then you're probably gonna have a little crush on Ozma too. And how couldn't you? The young Californian quintet take a sweet style of college-geek rock and spice it up with a little keyboard action and some electronic blips here and there (they do a wicked cover of "Korobeiniki," a traditional Russian folk song made popular thanks to the video game Tetris). In fact, many of their songs reference or are based on video games (8-bit Nintendo, of course--they're children of the '80s). In one of my favorites, "Game Over," lead singer Ryen Slegr sings all brokenhearted about a girl--or a video game?--"I betcha don't know where to find/Our extra life times 99/I know you tried but still we died/Our game is over/This love is over." Being quite of fan of Weezer and the 8-bit myself, this is a damn near perfect combination. MEGAN SELING



HEAVY JOHNSON TRIO, BOZART
(Satyricon) Man, haven't heard the word Bozart for a while, but hearing it now, I realize that Portland has been naked without them. With their new CD, this fantastic instru-metal two-piece brings to mind Metallica's "One," not to mention The Fucking Champs, not to mention the lost legacy of Bozart themselves. The new album, The Steel Bridge, is pretty subdued and slow, like some sort of poetic death march, the subtlety and mounting tension of which makes me goddamn crazy. KS



EL GUAPO, MAGIC MAGICIANS
(Meow Meow) Though Ted Leo had to cancel his tour because his "larynx caved," D.C.'s electronic punk trio, El Guapo, will still play the show, along with Magic Magicians. JS



WEDNESDAY 5/14

CURSE OF THE BIRTHMARK, THE FORMLESS, THE HOSPITALS
(Satyricon) The mad-ggro rawk napalm of The Hospitals certainly compliments the uber-cool blues duo The Formless, who are a bit too White Stripes for my tastes, but then I've never been the most gargantuan Stripes fanatic. But what about Curse of the Birthmark? They're riding the radical wave... the no wave, which tends to wash up north from San Francisco a lot. JS



CASS MCCOMBS, THE ANCHORS, CUSPIDOR, WEIGH BROWN
(Blackbird) Oh, Cass. I totally feel you, dude. Sometimes, when you're home alone? And there's that bottle of Dewar's in the pantry, and it's goin' down your throat, and you've listened to Springsteen's Nebraska so much you're ready to drive a Used Car off the cliff in your brains? The gloomy-doom mopey-dope songs just start flowin', and pretty soon y'have a record called Not The Way out on Monitor, and people actually came across it seeing what else was on the Oxes' label! But you're still bummed and at home with the Dewar's because all the fans and critics think that you seem too shy, Cass--not nearly as effective as you could be. You've got some unique pipes that don't crib the obvious leads too often, but they're buried under layers of papery drunk, or they're too reverb-ed and hidden behind plinky organics that cloud what are often total little beautiful bedroom sulk-pop gems. Will you be bolder with this new record? Will you put on an engaging show? Will you learn to LOVE again and come into your OWN? JOAN HILLER



CHURCH OF NORTHWEST MUSIC
(KBOO, 90.7 FM) After 13 years of giving local bands a rare chance for exposure on the air, Marc Baker's show Church of Northwest Music is getting the axe by KBOO producers. It's a sad day for those bands who got a chance ClearChannel would have never given them. Listen to the last edition and bid Monsieur Baker a fond adieu. JS

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