THURSDAY, JUNE 23

MUSIC--The irrepressibly cheery indiepop trio Dressy Bessy have in recent years evolved from their coy beginnings in saccharine sweetness to mount a rather convincing power pop assault. Touring in support of their first post-Kindercore full length, Bessy play with the Jessica Fletchers--Norway's answer to watered down California pop--and the much beloved Viva Voce. ZP
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $5

BIKE N' BOGGLE--Part of the ongoing Pedalpalooza celebration, it's time to exercise your legs, mind, and heart with the Mercury's Bike N' Boggle… a fun group ride followed by a Boggle tournament! Meet up with other sexy young'uns at Mercury headquarters for a fun, brisk ride to Acme, where host Justin Sanders will officiate the brain-busting Boggle tournament. Prizes! Fun! Booze! WSH
Bike ride @ 6:30 pm, Mercury offices, 605 NE 21st (one block north of Sandy), Boggle Tourney @ 7:30, Acme, 1305 SE 8th, FREE

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

SWEDES--What could be better than Swedes? How about Swedes that spew filthier, catchier summer barbecue rock than any crappy American band currently playing? Such is the case with Stockholm's Backyard Babies--purveyors of rock 'n' roll for those who know what rock 'n' roll is. JWS
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $8

BOOM!--There are those who dance and those who drop the BOOM! If you wanna work up sexy sweat, choose the Miami Booty Bass Party fronted by DJs Teenage and Beat Officer. Coming on strong with the 808, Miami Booty Bass is back with such faves as 2 Live Crew ("Me So Horny"), J.J. Fad ("Supersonic"), L'Trimm ("The Cars with the Boom"), and more! Better bring some steel-toed shoes, 'cuz people gonna be droppin' that ass! WSH
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $4

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

MUSIC--Tonight's festival-like experimental bill features a cast of hippies and punks so tautly intertwined it's difficult to tell the difference. Headliners Skygreen Leopards Skyband, with members of the Bay Area's Jeweled Antler Collective, are joined by San Diego neo-folky Castanets, Load Records reps Coughs and White Mice, locals Hyacinth (a new band featuring the illustrious Nate Preston), and Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice. Jesus. ZP
Loveland, 320 SE 2nd Ave, 8 pm, $8

HOORAY FOR ROCK--I really like the Makers, who rock out with sexy glam sexiness--check them driving drums and guitar riffs. And you know who else I like? The Apes, who bludgeon you with Sabbath-ian noise power, and do it with nary a guitar to thrash on--nay, the organ is this Washington D.C. act's weapon of choice. Yeah! Rock! Makers! Apes! Organs! EH
w/ZZZ, Rabbits; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $8

MUSIC--They don't make it to town often, but when they do it's an event. Planes Mistaken for Stars' dark, guttural emo-core is a sweaty, dirty, thrashing, awesome spectacle. Love it. Also, bring a couple extra bucks for their new CD, beautifully titled, Up in Them Guts. KS
Solid State, SE 9th & Ash, 7 pm, $10, All Ages

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS/FUN--The two go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. And luckily, tonight they perpetuate each other at this dance-licious NARAL benefit featuring two of the best get-down groups in town: The Planet The's party spazzmatica, and the friendship- and organic produce-loving Snuggle Ups! MS
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 8 pm, $8

SWIMSUITS--This event makes up for its hokey name the old fashioned way: lots and lot of skin. Crush's first-ever fashion show, "Splashion" (ugh), shows off men and women's "summer skin wear," including swimsuits, underwear, and lingerie. And then: What else? Dancing and (very cheap) drinks! Yeeow! MS
Crush, 1400 SE Morrison, 7 pm, free!

MONDAY, JUNE 27

HEY QUEER!--Hey you! Yeah, you! You look queer! And you look like you like to drink! Well, hip hangout The Know has just the night for you--they're kicking off a brand new Queer Night! It'll be the last Monday of every month, starting tonight--and tonight even boasts DJ Watts, DJ Shedd, and other special guests! You lucky queer drinker, you. EH
The Know, 2026 NE Alberta, 8 pm, $3

TUESDAY, JUNE 28

DJ BATTLE--Okay, you really want to do something different? Well, this is it. Put on your hip-huggers and trek out to the New Copper Penny for the semi-finals of their DJ spin-off. Check the mainstream dance hits, and also, check the hipster nod at the door. If you're actually at the New Copper Penny, you must dance like an insane person. KS
New Copper Penny, 5932 SE 92nd, free

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

BRUCE!--It's a well known fact that Bruce Campbell--most famous as "Ash" from the Evil Dead flicks--is one of the coolest, funniest actors of, well, ever. So don't miss seeing him read from (and sign) his new book, Make Love (The Bruce Campbell Way). Then stick around to catch a special screening of his latest film, Man with the Screaming Brain! EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, reading at 6 pm, free, film at 10 pm, $10