PURPLE RHINESTONE EAGLE
Backspace, 7/29

THURSDAY 7/29

THE SHAKY HANDS, THE RAINY STATES, STARPARTY

(Burgerville, 1122 SE Hawthorne) See My, What a Busy Week!

DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN, BUKUE ONE, & MORE

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Del for free. That is all you need to know. You should start lining up for this show... NOW!

PURPLE RHINESTONE EAGLE, STLS, FOREVER, DJ PERMANENT WAVE

(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) The three ladies of Purple Rhinestone Eagle are embarking on a mammoth tour that takes them the full distance across this country and beyond, for their first series of European dates. It's only fitting that the sludge-stoner riffage of the Rhinestoners is going global; they've released their first full-length record, The Great Return, on Stankhouse Records, and it's a whopper. With righteously heavy riffs, thunderous drums, and banshee wails, Purple Rhinestone Eagle have bridged the not-so-huge divide between Black Sabbath and Sleater-Kinney, all while creating a sound that's wholly their own. The record rocks, to be sure, but it's also primordial in the way that the best psychedelic music can be, transporting the listener to imagined lands deep inside one's headspace. NED LANNAMANN

SILVERSUN PICKUPS, AGAINST ME!, HENRY CLAY PEOPLE

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) My first article for this paper (way back in 2001) was about a scruffy group of neckbearded Gainesville punks by the name of Against Me! From that sweltering Meow Meow show to Solid State and beyond, I've loyally followed the band whenever they've passed this way, even if my punk appetite subsided with age—as did my relationship to the brick-tossing protagonist of "Baby, I'm an Anarchist." Following the glistening studio sheen of major label releases New Wave and the recent White Crosses, it seems like Against Me! is in a similar position. While the fire isn't completely extinguished—see White Crosses' stellar title track or Tom Gabel's venomous solo single "Anna Is a Stool Pigeon"—it's clear that Against Me! have moved on. Now the only question that remains is, will their fans move with them? EZRA ACE CARAEFF

FRIDAY 7/30

PDX POP NOW!: AU, DOVEKINS, TU FAWNING, KUSIKIA, YLANG YLANG, & MORE

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) See My, What a Busy Week!, and Music.

PHOSPHORESCENT, J. TILLMAN, GROUPLOVE

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See Music.

CELILO, WHAT HEARTS, THE LORD'S OWN CHOIR

(LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan) On Songs for Marjorie, the new EP from What Hearts, the local trio is not shy about their appreciation for the olden days of country music. Thankfully they pay their dues without strained twang or lyrical content forced beneath the Mason-Dixon line. Instead, What Hearts—which began as a songwriting project for Julie Vitells—stacks the harmonies high while keeping the pace at a tempered shuffle throughout this six-song offering. It's not all front-porch folk strumming either; songs like the haunting "Last Year" and "Don't Leave Me Danny" have a slight Chelsea Girl feel to them. Regardless of where their influences take root, What Hearts have just established a mighty foundation to build upon. EAC

SATURDAY 7/31

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: DJ INTROCUT, CLAUDE BALZAC, DJ SAME DNA, & MORE

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) See My, What a Busy Week!

PDX POP NOW!: HOCKEY, JOGGERS, WAMPIRE, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH & MORE

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) See Hockey, Guantanamo Baywatch and Wampire.

3 LEG TORSO

(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) The music of 3 Leg Torso is designed to be confounding—is it jazz? Is it klezmer? Is it classical? Is it pop? (The answer to each of those questions is a resoundingly chipper Yes!) With instrumentation led by accordion and gypsy violin, and augmented by vibraphone and double bass, it often sounds like the off-kilter soundtrack to a particularly energetic and surreal cartoon. It's also a little difficult to harness onto record—their latest release, Animals and Cannibals, that goes from a woozily yearning lament to a choppy klezmer to a seasick middle ground, often within the same song. Live, however, the music stakes out its own territory, and tonight's CD release show at the handsome, spacious, new Alberta Rose Theatre should provide ample room for 3 Leg Torso's particular brand of morbid whimsy, far beyond the confining limitations of your stereo speakers. NL

PDX PUNK ROCK COLLECTIVE, PURE COUNTRY GOLD, THE HICKMANS, THE FOOD, BAD AT BEST

(Centaur Guitar, 2833 NE Sandy) Ain't no party like a Centaur Guitar party cause a Centaur Guitar party don't stop... 'til 7 pm, that is. One of the most bitchin' guitar stores in town is now in their fourth year of throwing free parking lot parties (nearly) every Sunday that showcase local musicians. It's like getting samples at Costco, but so much more hip. Today's show includes the PDX Punk Rock Collective, a group of punk enthusiasts who cover classic punk tunes and encourage anyone who might be so inclined to join their ranks. If you've got a guitar and an idea for a wicked cover, this may be your gig. MARANDA BISH

SUNDAY 8/1

PERSONAL AND THE PIZZAS, THE MEAN JEANS, WHITE MYSTERY, THE SLIPPERY SLOPES, WELCOME HOME WALKER

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) See My, What a Busy Week!

PDX POP NOW!: TYPHOON, PARENTHETICAL GIRLS, LUCK-ONE, GET HUSTLE, CLOUDY OCTOBER, & MORE

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) See Luck-One, and Cloudy October.

MONDAY 8/2

NATHANIEL RATELIFF, PEARLY GATE MUSIC, BATTLEME

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!

TUESDAY 8/3

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC, JARED MEES AND THE GROWN CHILDREN

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) I realized pretty early in life that I was going to grow up more funny than tough, and my lone chance at being cool was to make people laugh. So I wore out my "Smells Like Nirvana" cassingle just as fast as my "Teen Spirit" one—and, I'll admit, "Amish Paradise" twice as fast as "Gangsta's Paradise"and entrusted my coolness to a mustachioed man with an accordion. Now, all these years later, my inner nerd and I are extremely happy to say "Weird Al" Yankovic is still relevant—he gets paid to lampoon pop stars for new generations of geeks and continues to get laughs from his older, albeit much more baked, original fanbase as Uncle Muscles on Tim and Eric's Awesome Show. ETHAN JAYNE Also see My, What a Busy Week!

WEDNESDAY 8/4

ZIZEK: DJ BEYONDA, BEN TACTIC, DJ LIFEPARTNER

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) See Music.