MUSIC--Creeping up from the most twisted parts of NYC, Sightings will leave you in a cacophonous bloodbath of ear-severing yet strangely melodic, batty, and yet... fixating, noise-bending batter-rock. If no-fi is indeed the new Rufinol, the exemplary noix-fi of Sightings is the new Robitussin wig-out. JS

w/Monitor Bats, Nice Nice; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $5

READING--While the rest of America turns into CNN-drones, gobbling up their news reports as "truth," David Barsamian has founded Alternative Radio (sort of like NPR but with bigger cajones). In his presence, Mother Jones seems downright tame! Tonight he gives some unflinching perspective on mainstream media's portrayal of 9/11. PB

Powell's on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


PREP FOOTBALL--It must be tough when, at 6-foot, 2-inches, 270 pounds, you are considered petite. Led by a 315-pound (and still filling-out) lineman, Newberg High brings their massive offensive line into town tonight to play last year's superstar team, Benson High. That's right: High school football kicks off tonight and thus, fall is officially here. PB

PGE Park, 1844 SW Morrison, 7 pm, $6

DANCE--Bassism is back for its ninth round in the local deejayed bumpin' ass-attracting championships, this time featuring DJ J-Boogie. Summoned from afar (Cali), he's known for eclectic mixes of reggae, block party masterpieces, and for this fine occasion, 2-step. MS

Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262, 10 pm, $6


THEATER--There might be other groups out there with the word "cunt" in their name, but certainly none that fuse burlesque humor, Cajun-inspired soulful singing, and postmodern/jazz dancing like the House of Cunt does. Plus, their new show, The Late Summer Replacement Special, is funnier than watching your friend fall off their bike into a giant mud puddle. JWS

Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, 10:30 pm, $12

BOOK CIRCUS--Oh you lucky little bookworm... finally, a summer that includes a few nerd-pertinent outings (that are fun for normal people, too). So stop production on your "D&D and Your Relationship" zine, because we all know that no one would ever go out with you, and head down to Disjecta where the Autonomadic Bookmobile and Sideshow not only displays zines and such, but also does some knife throwing, fire eating, and glass dancing(?). KS

Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 335-6979, 9 pm, $4

MUSIC--Spawn of At the Drive-In's Jim Ward, Sparta's booming rock-punk instrumentals meld with Ward's almost-emo vocals for a sound that could easily fill an arena. No wonder these guys got signed to Dreamworks. KS

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $10


PING-PONG CHAMPS--In case you've been cryogenically frozen, Ping-Pong is THE funnest sport taken up by the Portland jet-set. And while we may goof around with our backyard tournies, you should not miss the best of the best taking each other on in the Oregon Table Tennis Back to School Open. Ping-Pong enthusiasts of all ages battle it out on 12 different tables, and take it from me, these peeps are BAD-ASS! WSH

Back to School Open, Lot Whitcomb Grade School, 7400 SE Thompson Rd, Milwaukie,, noon-4 pm, free

SWEARING--Despite our opposition to the inclusion of gerunds in band names, we grudgingly admit that we really really like Swearing at Motorists. SAM is a two piece who rocks hard, but not like Led Zeppelin or some shit like that. Their sound is a mix of random postmodern, loud/soft, slow/fast, crazy smart patchwork, and you just might love it. KD

w/Scout Niblet and Jason Traeger; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $7


MUSIC--With a grace that is delicate but never weak or boring, Thee More Shallows' gorgeous music feels like a sweet hang-glide into the intimate unknown--a somber, swoony atmosphere of piano, guitar, warm bass, drums and heartfelt boy vocals. Breezy and utterly real. JS

w/Mountains, M. Cooper, Peace Harbor; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, free


KILLER--Know that mild-mannered neighbor with the manicured lawn and cardigan sweaters? What if he suddenly snapped and started chewing the faces off old ladies? Aaaaahhhh! Relive the nightmarish, mutant byproducts of middle America with Dahmer, inspired by serial killer Jeffrey's colorful lifestyle! MS

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 7 & 9:10 pm, $6


MUSIC--Wire bears little resemblance to their fellow punks in the "Class of '77," most of whom are either boring, embarrassing, or dead. With a tour focused on current and forthcoming material--including their corrosive new EP Read & Burn 01-- the British art-noise quartet is crushing any notions of tiresome punk-rock nostalgia with startling intensity and really fucking loud guitars. MAG

w/The Standard; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 8 pm, $15