THURSDAY, october 17

HIP-HOP--Jurassic 5 mixes samples, original beats, and melodies to stunning effect. Their self-titled EP is one of my favorite albums of all time. Their new single, "What's Golden" is fresh enough alone to get my ass over to this show. JWS Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 9 pm, $18-20

READING--Unless you're a war junkie, Sierra Leone isn't most people's top travel choice. But Ian Stewart went there and brought home a souvenir--a bullet in his brain! His new book, Ambushed: A War Reporter's Life on the Line, recounts some of the world's hottest spots. PBPowell's, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

MUSIC--When writing about Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, it's almost impossible not to mention his age (22), his prolific musical output (over a half-dozen releases in the last couple years) and the fact that he looks like one of the hobbits (Frodo Baggins) from Lord of the Rings. Oh yeah, he's one of the finest songwriters and performers alive today. No fooling. CM Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 224-4400, 9 pm, $15

FRIDAY, october 18

PIGSKIN--There's nothing better than the cool, crisp excitement of high school football on a Friday night. This week may we suggest the sure to be thrilling match-up between the Jefferson Democrats and the Lincoln Cardinals? May we also suggest eating a hot dog and some stale popcorn and smoking cigarettes underneath the bleachers with all the cool kids? May we? WSH Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby, 916-5180, 7 pm, $5

SATURDAY, october 19

NOISE BAND--Melt Banana is one of those bands that makes you want to pogo up and down. That's because the pipsqueaky, Japanese, girly vocals over abrupt and jerky noise instrumentation sound like a flea hopping across a hot stove. Ping! MS w/Lachrymator, Wadsworth, Bozart; Ash St. Saloon, 225 SW Ash, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $8

WEIRD HIPHOP CRUISE--Usually, there's nothing to do on a cruise other than eat, suntan, and try to get some action from the only other person on the whole ship who is remotely close to your age. UNLESS that cruise is hosted by super-chill emcee Casual, with beats provided by DJ Premier and that hot out-to-sea political action by Dead Prez. WTF?! JS Onboard the Portland Spirit, board on the Waterfront by McCalls; tickets available at 360 Vinyl, 214 NW Couch, 224-3688, $25, 9:30 pm

SUNDAY, october 20

FILM--Need another reason to purchase a DVD player? Then don't miss this crap-yer-pants scary horror flick, The Ring. Naomi Watts pops a mysterious videotape into the VCR, and seven days later? Ka-POW! People wind up dead. A much more uncomfortable feeling than late rental fees. WSH Various Theaters, See page 43 for showtimes, $7.75

MONDAY, october 21

GRAPHIC NOVEL--New Yorker Eric Drooker's expressive, often dark and urban art shows up on album covers, in graphic novels, and magazine covers like World War 3 Illustrated. Catch this silent slideshow of his work in celebration of his new book, Blood Song: A Silent Ballad. MS Red & Black Café, 2138 SE Division, 231-3899, 7 pm, $3

LULLABIES--Mmm, the whisper-sweet tunes of Do Make Say Think. Oceans of soft guitar and gentle bass lines wash up on to shores of wavery synth-progressions. It's gorgeous, but will it translate to a live set? Methinks yes, especially if you close your eyes and nod your head. Transportation will ensue, to a gentler time, and a gentler place. Just don't fall asleep. JWS w/Fly Pan Am, Rollerball; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $8

TUESDAY, october 22

SOME-A THAT BUTTERY ROCK SHIT--You like some '70s guitar jazz with your indie rock? Dial in Karate, the world's foremost trio that combines jazzy melodies with rock song structure, amazing sing/speak vocals, and academic, 20-minute guitar solos--that won't make you wanna hang yourself. JS w/The Holy Ghost, Psychological Thrillers; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $8

WEDNESDAY, october 23

MR. SCRUFF--Mr. Scruff spins fast, '70s style funk, with a digital infusion of the zeros (2000s) that gives the music a modern, dance-crazy, electro-DJ edge. Plus, Mr. Scruff does everything with mad energy and a sense of humor; buy his new album, Trouser Jazz, and recreate tonight's dance mania at home. KS w/DJ P, Mr. Romo, Elliot; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 9 pm, $8 ($5 w/ PSU ID)

MUSIC--Maybe it sucks to be defined by your past achievements, but oh well, cry me a river, at least you're defined by something and not waiting to have the shit blown out of you in Iraq. J. Mascis to me will always be the sorrowful singer on Dinosaur Jr.'s Where You Been, and he can pretty much stay that way, because he still sounds a lot the same. KS w/Cobra Verde, Holy Sons; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $12