BRAIN GALLOP—Following last year's welcome Pavement reunion, Stephen Malkmus and his merry band of Jicks have treated us to a sparkling, Beck-produced album of great new songs. Tonight you can hear tunes from the wonderfully tangled Mirror Traffic album, among others, in all their Jickiness. NL
w/Ty Segall; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $17-20, all ages

ITCHY—Polish your opera glasses and dust off your dress tails: Theater season is officially upon us. Of the packed calendar of shows opening this weekend, we've got a good feeling about The Pain and the Itch, a dark comedy about "lip-service liberalism" produced by the reliably good Third Rail Rep. AH
Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 30, pay-what-you-will tickets tonight, $29.50-38.50 (half-price rush seats available 10 minutes before curtain)