(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Guess how many female drummers have appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer? One. (And it wasn't Sheila E.—it was jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.) Thank heaven, then, for Tom Tom magazine, a national publication that's entirely devoted to women percussionists. Tonight is the local celebration for the release of their seventh issue, and appropriately there's a batch of local bands with ladies on the skins, including Sad Horse (with Elizabeth Venable) and Hungry Ghost (with Sara Lund). Only a complete chauvinist or an absolute moron could pretend that a woman on the drum throne is a novelty at this point in time—I'd reckon that there are just as many females drumming in Portland as there are males, if not more, although this is purely unscientific guesswork. Still, here's a chance to celebrate all the incredible women drummers we have in this town. NED LANNAMANN


(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Thank the (dark) lord for Opeth and their 16-year contribution to the world of heavy music. Primary songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt & Co. have always brought original songwriting and immaculate musicianship to the metal table. However, their most recent effort, Heritage, may have taken too sharp a turn for some fans. Åkerfeldt has given up a little heaviness and all of his growling death vocals, and replaced them with clean vocals throughout, some grand piano, and a squirming heap of jazz-fusion. Think King Crimson, but with a better sense of melody and mood. The band even went as far as enlisting Weather Report percussionist Alex AcuÑa and Swedish composer/flautist BjÖrn J:son Lindh to contribute to a track, adding to the band's fusion legitimacy. With some longtime fans, Opeth may lose a step or two, but those who can appreciate a band that matures gracefully will most likely tip their hats. ARIS WALES