ROCK--The Demolition Doll Rods harness pure rock 'n' roll enthusiasm in each of their songs, each one kicking you in the face with something raw and American. That's American in the old-fashioned way, brawling and playing the guitar onstage in your underwear. MS
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 226-6630, 10 pm, $8

PDXPOPNOW! CD RELEASE PARTY--Cop that spectacular two-disc comp of local indie bands, whittled together by the folks at PDX-POP NOW! Fest, and feel the heart and soul of other great local acts: Portland General Electro, Suckapunch, Clorox Girls, Binary Dolls, and DJ Niteskool. This is the true creative class.
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $5 (gets admission and free CD, whatta deal)

FRIDAY, July 2

MUSIC--WTF else is there to say about MC5 (except that singing duties have been commandeered by the likes of Mark Arm and Evan Dando)? I bet even the half-life of their prowess blows most of the simpering, limp-dicked wimp-o-rama bands nowadays right outta tha wata. MS
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 224-2038, 8 pm, $15

PHOTO MUSIC--See how music influences the art of photography, with photos by Pat Graham & Melanie Standage (which, pertinent to your gender studies classes, include boys looking cool and women clothed scantilyÉ hmmm) and Portlander Nyree Watts' impressionist live photos for alb covers like Red House Painters. Opening night includes actual music by Ape Shape and Cicada. JS
Newspace Gallery, 1632 SE 10th, 963-1935, 7 pm, free


MUM--Icelandic pop experimentalists Mum turn up the charm with cute broken English and glitchy, infectious beats. Their sparkly electronic wizardry and playful tones will whisk you away to a universe of irresistable Scandinavian eccentricity. EJ
Aladdin, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 233-1994, 9 pm, $14

ARENA-ROCK SPECTACLE--When you've already released four live albums and you're touring on a covers collection, you need entertaining extras to keep the crowd alert and amused. So this Rush tour offers the following oddities: An animated skit called "Darn that Dragon," in which bobblehead versions of the band's members battle a ne'er-do-well flying lizard; two working washing machines; a rapping skeleton and plenty of pyrotechnics. AM
Clark County Ampitheater, I-5 North from Portland, Exit 9, 224-4400, 7:30, $28-68

SUNDAY, July 4

PIRATE KNITTING AT MABEL'S CAFE--Scared of fireworks? Try some knitting! This new ultra Portland café sells knitting supplies (yarn and needles), has knitting classes, and serves a stiff cup-a-joe to keep you knitting into the wee hours of the morn. Today's knitting class is all about knitting props for pirates, like flags, parrots, mittens, and anything else you can think of that's pirate-related. Otherwise, See Destination Fun pg. 14 KS
Mabel's Café, 3041 SE Division, 231-4107, 7-9 pm, free

MONDAY, July 5

READING--At one point, Lee Stringer was a NYC graphic artist. Then, he started smoking crack and ended up living in the crawlspaces under Grand Central! In his first graphic novel, Grand Central Winter, Stringer tells his story of chucking the pipe and getting back on his feet. Tonight he reads from his second graphic novel, Sleepaway School, again plumbing his life for tales. PB
Powell's, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm


EMCEE--Former Project Blowed member Bukue One delivers rhymes with charisma and style, singing about two of Portland's favorite topics, skateboarding and graf writing. Before that, though, check the old school hiphop/dancehall union of DJ Z. From now on, the weekend starts on Tuesday. KS
Ash Street, 225 SW Ash, 226-0430, 9 pm, $5


POP MUSIC--New Pornographer A.C. Newman is no stranger to ebullient rock songs, and solo, he does so with a polish and measure, easing into the prettiest melodies and a whistle solo here and there. It's like everything Bob Pollard stopped being years ago. JS
Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 248-4579, 9 pm, $8-10

3-D FILM FEST--3-D movies have come a long way from simple tricks, blurry blue-and-red eyeglasses, and rickety plots. Today's full day affair--a collection of remarkable 3-D films--pairs eye-popping wizardry with gripping storylines. Academy award winner Murray Lerner's Sea Dream is the first 3-D film to be accepted at Cannes and is shown today at 4 pm! PB
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see Film Times, 9:30 am-4:30 pm