THURSDAY, September 25

GAMES/MUSIC/BOOZE--You're aware of the refreshingly different videogame/art gallery Backspace, yes? And you are aware of the musical virtuosity of local pop/prog/punks Point Line Plane, yes? And you are most certainly aware of the enjoyment that comes from playing free arcade games, viewing visual projections and drinking alcohol, yes? Then don't miss tonight's show, which combines all these things. Yes. WSH
w/01; Backspace. 115 NW 5th Ave, 9 pm, $4, all ages

MUSIC--Rock is scary. Ted Leo is not. Riding high on a wave of jangling guitars, working-class denim, and grad-school lyrics--Leo proves that rock is not back--it's just better now. And we should all thank him personally for making it so. EAC
w/The Quails; Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $8

FRIDAY, September 26

DJ!--Unafraid to play L'Trimm (depending on the night) and fusing records smoother than Britney's disgusting chocha on the cover of Rolling Stone, Jammotron is a Portland DJing treasure. When paired with his compatriot, Nik Fury, you'll be likeÉ Wo. JS
Ohm, 31 NW First, 223-9919, afterhours, $8

SILLY GERMANS--German cuisine is not about quality; it's about QUANTITY. Oktoberfest is about celebrating that quantity. Big, huge, massive steins of beer--beer with massive taste. Loud oom-pa tubas and bleating accordions. Big people dancing polkas. Big plates of sauerkraut, big bratwursts, and big, big hangovers the next day! PB
Edelweiss Oktoberfest, Oaks Park, Fri 5 pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 11 am-midnight, $4 gate admission

SATURDAY, September 27

GOT IT LIKE THAT--Making good with the lyrics, nice LA emcee Abstract Rude drops his new record at Meow Meow tonight. Don't forget "take back the mic" at the Dept. of Skateboarding where local emcees like Mic Crenshaw, Chaz Rock, and Sirens Echo impart the positive message of pure hiphop. JS
Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm; Dept of Skateboarding, 15 NE Hancock, 8 pm, free, all ages

MUSIC--Two DC bands put the funk in punk without sacrificing the message. Rhythm-based, sharp Q & Not U get kinda visceral on the punky jam-outs; Black Eyes' last Portland show was a spectacle of sweat and serene chaos. Awesome. JS
w/Antelope; Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 239-5900, 8 pm, $8, all ages

SUNDAY, September 28

POW--"The Aftermath of Violence," is a seven-artist exhibit inspired by the rowdy, messy theatrics of Portland Organic Wrestling. Tonight's closing "After The Aftermath" party will bring the POW, metal-powered brutality to the gallery itself. Won't that be messy? Yeah, hopefully! MS
Gallery 500, 420 SW Washington, 223-3951, open 2 pm-2 am, 7 pm showtime!

MUSIC--It's our old pals Interpol, that New York pack of suit-clad, smartly coifed, hollow-voiced nu-goths. Even though I think their fabulous record, Turn on the Bright Lights, doesn't recreate as well live, I saw them quite a while ago, and they probably have a much larger tour budget at present. KS
w/The Stills, Ratatat; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 8 pm, $18

MONDAY, September 29

MUSIC--Finally, just when the desire to hear their low-end piano jams, rhythmic drama and guttural vocals was starting to eat at you like a tapeworm, Get Hustle plays their first show in, like, 500 years. Don't miss it. JS
w/The Vanishing, Ice Machine, Holy Kiss; Stumptown Downtown, 128 SW 3rd, 295-6144, 8 pm, $5

TUESDAY, September 30

MOVIES--Nocturnal's Independent Tuesday is the friendliest homemade film night in town! The staff and customers are all really supportive, and last time I was there the brunt of the screening time was consumed by 20 minutes of '80s Pop Tart commercials someone had strewn together, and a two-minute digital mess some guy had filmed five minutes earlier on his bike. So you definitely shouldn't be scared to show your stuff. This month's theme: music videos! JWS
Nocturnal, 1800 E. Burnside, 239-5900, 8:30 pm, free

MECHANICAL BULL--Recently I wrote that if you include a mechanical bull at your event, you get an automatic write-up in The Mercury. Therefore, I'm pleased to recommend the following shindig: The 4th Annual Theme Party for Adorn Body Art! This year the theme is "Wild Wild Westside!" which includes food, fun, drink, and if you come dressed in a cowboy costume, you get a free ride on their mechanical bull (the most fun invention ever invented! Yeeee-HAW! WSH
Adorn Body Art, 9217 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, 292-7060, starting at 4 pm, free

WEDNESDAY, October 1

DANCE PARTY--Sure, you'll get to see the soul-filled punk of the Scene Creamers and the fashion rock of Glass Candy, but it's what you'll see between sets that's most interesting. The members of Scene Creamers, Alex Minoff, Michelle Mae, and the legendary Ian Svenonious will be spinning records under goofy DJ names like DJ Dignificant Worm. Check the DJ Bio pg 43 for their banging selections. KS
Pol Pop Dance Party, Lola's, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 8 pm, $8-$10