THURSDAY, August 8

HIPHOP--The Coup last week, Black Sheep this week... I think Portland may be evolving into an actual city. Thank God. And as a result, tonight you can see hiphop ambassadors whose rhymes range from chill as hell to aggro rap assaults, all with a sense of humor. (Note to OLCC: This does not mean actual physical assaults.) Go see them, but please, leave your glock at home, the Portland Police don't need a 187 on their hands. KS
w/DJ Wicked; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $12-15

MUSIC--Since 1995, Ohio's pride and joy, The Six Parts Seven, have been sharing the instrumental love with their subtle balance of patient sounds and restrained instrumentation. Permanently on tour, they are the type of workhorse band that you can't help but fall in love with. They might not be the loudest band on tonight's bill, but they will surely make the biggest impact. CM
w/Arlo, Rilo Kiley, Frog Eyes; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $7

FRIDAY, August 9

MASSIVE DAMAGE--Since hiphop shows in PDX are so few and far between, the bills are often stacked a mile high, chock full of talented artists. This is one such bill. Expect to see the likes of Rebelz of Rhythm, Hittaz on tha Payroll, X-Kid & Seanski, local stars Blak Scienz Tribe Unique, David Parks, and much, much more... KD
Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, $8

MUSIC--Okay, Blevin Blectum
is one of the foremost authorities on making totally quirky, full-sounding electro that sounds like it came from another land. Besides, she's in a band with Lesser called SAGAN--how cool can one lady be? JS
w/Aspects of Physics, SUNN 0); Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $6

FASHION--Know what makes everything better? Accessories! Load up for the, uh, "fall season," or whatever, with a trunk show! Original scarves and handbags designed by Christine Alfomila Fruehling, who incorporates
cool bits like cassette tapes, will be available for purchase and jealous drooling. MS
Le Happy, 1011 NW 16th, 226-1258, 7 pm, free

SATURDAY, August 10

SWAP MEET--Hell, yes! Sell things, snatch up better things, and enjoy a huge band line-up including Glass Candy and The Planet The, to name very few. Then just pitch a tent and stay for Sunday's bake sale, which is also attended by bands like The Forty-first and The Shins. MS
Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 335-6979, 1 pm Sale, 6 pm Music, $5

PARTAY!--The Mercury is now two years old, and we're having a party, so come on down! There will be beer, Karaoke from Hell, the Dolomites, Oldominion, and beer! And please, don't bring presents, because we'll be raffling off an abundance of phab-o-lous prizes, including a complimentary ass-slap from Wm. Steven Humphrey. WSH
Eagle's Lodge #3256, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 294-8040, 9 pm, $3

SUNDAY, August 11

MUSIC--With glistening, sweeping grace, Icelandic electronic pop-quartet Mùm melt heartbreaking, lullaby glitch into the sweetest organic beats and vocals. It's like spending the night beneath an enchanted waterfall, and having your dreams serenaded by baby fairies--magical. JS
w/Swords Project, E*Rock; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $10

ZINE GEEKS--Arriving in town by vintage Airstream, the Project Mobilivre
group (surprisingly enough, a North American collective) brings books, photocopied zines, and other small-scale art and writing works to town. It's the dream of writers and artists everywhere--they make the little guy's work available to everyone. Or at least everyone who heads down to PS What? between 12 and 6, yo. KS
PS What? 1968 SW 5th, 12-6 pm, free

MONDAY, August 12

RAWK--Is rock dead? Is it alive? Are Jack and Meg White brother and sister or ex-lovers? I can answer all these questions with a resounding WHO THE HELL CARES?!? Fact is, Superdrag is alive and well, and these shaggy Nashville boys will be bringing a kingsize dose of guitar riffs and huge pop hooks. Also be sure to show up early and catch openers Death Ray Davies. What do they sound like, you ask? Well, do the math--they have the name "Ray Davies" in their freaking band name, so it's safe to say they sound just like The Kinks. CM
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $8

TUESDAY, August 13

CINEMA--Did you hear the one about the deaf girl who befriends an ex-con? Actually, there is no punchline; it's just the plot for a new thriller, Read My Lips: Everyone thinks that Carla, a selectively deaf secretary, is frumpy and as loyal as a dog. But when her new assistant, a sexy ex-con, arrives, she puts his lock-picking and thieving skills to her devilish use. PB
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 223-4515, 7 & 9:15, $6

WEDNESDAY, August 14

MUSIC--Tired of artsy music that is too fragile to play with? The recently resurrected King Kong returns with their stripped-down funk--music that is as durable (and bouncy) as a hobby horse. Who can resist the smirky, toe-tapping charm of songs like "Scooba Dooba Diver" and "Floor, Door, I Don't Want To Party Anymore"? PB
Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $8