THURSDAY, july 22

BACK THAT VOTE UP--Finally, somebody decided to add a little life to the Democratic Party and the voting process with a special evening of dancey fun entitled, "Back That Ass Up--A Benefit for the Democratic National Party." Providing the fun will be bands The Kingdom, Telephone, Adelaide, Moonpony, Jackie, with wheel-spinning ass-dropping action from DJ Maxx Bass. WSH
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $5-20 donation

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER--Stricken cinephiles, rejoice! Witness local film geek Greg Hamilton's collection of over 50 classic movie trailers and TV spots--including those from Citizen Kane, Plan 9, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! EH
Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 7 & 9:30 pm, $6

FRIDAY, july 23

MUSIC--There is still is murmur of a heartbeat left in the pop-punk corpse. For that, you can thank Tsunami Bomb (leaders of the intelligent female-fronted pack) and The Lawrence Arms (as hard drinking as they are politically savvy) for single-handedly saving the scene. Plus they have hoodies for sale. Hoodies! EAC
Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 7 pm, $10, all ages

MUSIC--If U.K. hype was currency, the collective wardrobes of the Scissor Sisters would most certainly be spilling into the streets of New York City. And god knows, the British music press has never been wrongÉ right? ZP
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 9:30 pm, $10

SATURDAY, july 24

MUSIC--What better time for a Jam Party than Summer. Thus: Quivah's Summer Jam Party, featuring this startling live hiphop/R&B outfit in the flesh, plus DJ Void, DJ Papercuts, the Olivia Warfield Project, and Fogatron to warm up the crowd. Just beware not to drink too many of the Ohm's Redbull Vodkas, or this Summer Jam Party will turn into a Summer Vomit Party. KS
Party at Ohm, 31 NW 1st, 9 pm, $7

MOOD MUSIC--The charm of the goth-punk disco underground continues with a performance by San Francisco's The Vanishing. Angular synth drives danceable rhythms into darker territory--think Studio 54 meets Tales From the Crypt. Slink into the shadows and revel in the dancefloor intensity of the art-rock underworld. EJ
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $5

SUNDAY, july 25

48-HOUR MOVIES--The 48-hour movie project is like sprints for filmmakers: you have 48 hours to make the best movie you can. The results, as you can imagine, are often pretty wonky. Tonight, check out the best of the 2003 lot that screened at last year's SXSW Fest. And start brainstorming for 2004! MS
The Know, 2026 NE Alberta, 9 pm, $3, All Ages

WATER SKI SHOW--Like an aquatic carnival, the Water Spectacular Ski Team hops, skips, skims and jumps across the water. And, like trained monkeys wearing glitter outfits, they climb onto each other's shoulders to build a human pyramid that whips along as fast as a speeding car... well, boat. PB
West Linn 10th Street boat ramp, off I-205, shows at noon, 2 pm

MONDAY, july 26

MUSIC--The least Google-able band in the world, !!!, return to Portland for the first time since dropping Louden Up Now!, their latest punctuation-zealous, slick-as-shit full length. And with more members than a ska band, you're chances of going home with a would-be rock star are all but insured. ZP
w/Nice Nice, Hint Hint; Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $8-10

TEEN TALENT NIGHT--Borrowing each others' guitars, a group of street youth have started hosting their own open mic night. When the string bean teen sings about police harassment, its clear that it's the real deal. And there's even some talent. Especially adorable is the guy who sings a ballad about the seven-year-old girl locked in his car's trunk. PB
Solid State, 221 SE 9th Ave, starts around 8 pm, free

TUESDAY, july 27

ALL-STARS OF FILM--Just about every low-fi filmmaker in town has caught onto Nocturnal's fun, fun, fun monthly independent tuesday ("it") event, at which said filmmakers can screen their little movie gems and get drunk. Tonight, catch the Best of it, a compilation of highlights from the past year. You will laugh very, very hard tonight. JWS
Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 9 pm, free

WEDNESDAY, july 28

GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL TOUR--Ann Arbor label Ghostly International releases glimmer-hot pared-down electronic dance music; tonight see the cream of their crop, including the fetching Matthew Dear, whose humpy, vocal-driven, minimal house jams prove that smarter is most definitely sexier. JS
w/Dabrye, Midwest Products, DJ SV4; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $8