THE DECEMBERISTS, LAURA VEIRS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) The Victory Academy School for Children for Autism is, surprisingly, not the name of the newest Decemberists album. It's an extremely worthy beneficiary for the Portland band's generosity. The group, which has been on hiatus for close to three years now, will perform their 2002 debut, Castaways and Cutouts, in its entirety for two nights, with Laura Veirs and Sallie Ford taking turns opening. COURTNEY FERGUSON Also see All-Ages Action!
REV SHINES, DJ COOKY PARKER
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) Scott Magee carries a soul-snapping pistol in each hand. With the left, he cracks the snare as drummer of Ural Thomas's backing band, the Pain. In the right, he spins old 45 RPM records as DJ Cooky Parker. And, of course, one hand washes the other. As musical director of the Pain, Magee curates the setlist (despite Thomas' marvelous, show-stopping "Pain Is the Name of Your Game," the Pain remain largely a cover band, at least for the time being). Conversely, the tunes Magee plays with the Pain are a window into his DJing: Eddie Bo and Inez Cheatham's "Lover and a Friend" has the crisp, slamming break-beat foundations; Mack Rice's snake slinks on "Baby I'm Coming Home"; Freddie Scott's "I'll Be Gone" is a red-hot stomper. Since DJ Beyonda left Portland for the Paradise City, Cooky Parker's appetite for wild 45s has become all the more precious. ANDREW R TONRY