ART & VIOLENCE--Take in the hiphop photos of David Scheinbaum, of Newspace, then head to POW, featuring topless mayoral candidate Phil Busse pounding haggish has-been Vera Katz. Politics, man, they can be deadly. MS

Music in Photography I, Newspace, 1632 SE 10th, 963-1935, 7-10 pm (photos through the 30th); POW, Ash St, 225 SW Ash, 226-0430, 9:30 pm, $6

MAGAZINE LAUNCH--Crossbreed the political sophistication of The Nation with New Yorker high-mindedness. Give it a heavy dose of estrogen. What do you have? World Birth Magazine, a locally grown journal talking smartly about everything from refugees to birth control. Tonight's launch party is emceed by Wade "Batboy" McCollum, with ass-shakin' music from DJs Harmony and Anjali. PB

Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th, 331-3900, 7:30 pm, sliding scale $15-25

FRIDAY, April 2

Q-BURNS ABSTRACT MESSAGE--After 2001's Invisible Airlines, DJ/producer Q-Burns embarked on an endless global DJ tour, including gigs in Siberia and Columbia; let's hope he touches on something special tonight, like maybe his Britney Spears/Basic Channel mashup! DS

Ohm, 31 NW 1st, 223-9919, 10 pm

MUSIC--The miasmatic fabric and supple melodies of Omaha's Statistics are a treat live. Never mind the fact they're from Nebraska; their precise indie/electro/pop exists on a higher plain than their counterparts. Plus, it's the CD release for Cope Park, the fine new album from longtime PDX-ers Audio Learning Center. EAC

Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 1-800-325-SEAT, 10 pm, $8


FANNYPACK--"I was watching That '70s Show one night, and I was like, 'Yo, that girl's got a cameltoe,'" says FannyPack member Cat on the origin of their rib-ticklin' club and radio hit "Cameltoe." Don't miss this booty-banging five-some, along with The Punk Group and Gravy Train!!! WSH

Dante's, SW 3rd & Burnside, 226-6630, 9:30 pm, $10-12

MUSIC & POLITICS--You don't have to be 21 to vote for mayor, and tonight Phil Busse shows he knows it with a Big Band Blowout. Join the mayoral candidate for an evening of oddly paired bands: emo darlings Crosstide, performance arty Badger King, sultry Sarah Dougher, and comedian Paul Ash (?!?), and decide whether his politics suit you; or at the very least, if you like his taste in music. KS

Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd, 8 pm, $7, All Ages

SUNDAY, April 4

HOLY CRAP--Tonight is the best/worst night of hiphop in the history of mankind. Best because old-school legendaries Cold Crush Brothers and newer champions Quannum crews are in town; worst because they're on the same fucking night. Does God hate us? JS See Feature pg 12

Entire Quannum Crew, Roseland, NW 6th & Burnside, 224-2038, 8 pm, $20; Entire Cold Crush Crew: Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $18-22

MONDAY, April 5

DITTIES--The songs of Iron and Wine's Sam Beam are lilting and lovely, often with little more than a few plucked guitar chords to aid his dusty vocals. But underneath it all something dark lurks; a kind of futile entropy. Iron and Wine has the beauty of a cloud-covered graveyard. I predict the Holocene will go through a lot of whiskey tonight. JWS

w/Holopaw, Patrick McKinney; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $10

MUSIC FILM FEST--Talk about giving back to the community! It's a weeklong pile of terrific concert movies at Jackpot Records' 1st Annual Music Film Festival--and guess what? Every show is absolutely FREE! See page 15 for further details, but tonight remembers the new wave revolution with Devo: "The Complete Truth about De-Evolution" (which features their greatest videos) and Wire: "Rockpalast, 14 Feb 1979. " WSH

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 222-0990, 7:30 pm, FREE!

TUESDAY, April 6

HIPHOP--If the gangsta thing and bling bling make you a little hiphop shy, then you'll be salivating over Buck 65. His is a hiphop that's a bit more refined, with contemplative, anecdotal rhymes about, oh, Paris. Isn't it nice when people start "thinking outside of the box"? MS

Ash St, 225 SW Ash, 226-0430, 9:30 pm


FILM SCHOOL--With the recent advent of digital technology, anyone can cut a professional-sounding album; even you! Tonight learn to record and promote your CD on a shoestring budget, from DIY master Michael W. Dean, who will share from his book $30 Music School, the follow-up to the excellent $30 Film School. JWS

Borders Downtown, 708 SW 3rd, 7 pm, free

MOVIE--MC5 aka Motor City Five shirked the hippie norm of the mid-1960s and stirred interest with their brash punk, and loud politics. Because of their "troublemaking," however, they lost their label deal, and were relegated to relative obscurity. Tonight their story emerges onscreen in MC5: A True Testimonial. KS

Clinton Street, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 7 & 9:30 pm