MUSIC--Featuring hardcore legend John Brannon (former vocalist for both Negative Approach and the Laughing Hyenas), Easy Action carries on the legacy of brutality with flourishes of Detroit Garage--but in a good way. A very good way. Joined by the Hunches, Fireballs of Freedom, and Typhoon Killer, this Mercury/Thrasher Low Dough Show is a Low Dough Must Go. ZP
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $5

MUSIC X 2--Tonight is filled with hard choices: Go tap your feet to the country twang of the Marshall Tucker Band or shake your face off at Sleater-Kinney's second night of ballistic music? And, hey: before you elitist indierockers scoff too loudly at the old-time southern boys, let me point out that Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker named her son Marshall Tucker Bangs! Chew on that! PB
Marshall Tucker at Aladdin, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $30; Sleater-Kinney at Crystal, 8 pm, $15


MUSIC--As an unsigned band, power-poppers Kaiser Chiefs' debut 7" "Oh My God" reached #66 on the UK charts, an impressive feat that assured their rapid ascension to Major Label glory, replete with a glossy music video (for "I Predict A Riot"), and not one, but THREE ringtones! You have approximately 12 seconds to see them before they fade into obscurity. JWS
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $9.47

CULT FILM FUN!--The Mercury/ Clinton Street monthly film series known as Cult Fridays has an action-packed cheese-fest waiting for you tonight! It's The Sword and the Sorcerer starring has-been TV star Lee Horsley (Matt Houston) as an exiled beefcake prince who returns to his kingdom to defeat the evil sorcerer Xusia (Richard Moll, the bald dude from Night Court) using a leg of meat and his three-bladed sword! Beer makes it even funnier! WSH
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 11 pm, $6, beer on tap!


PERFORMANCE--It is hard to describe in words what "Fleshtone" is, but I'll try: An extravagant melding of dance, music, sex, puppets, animation, electronic music, and much more. It is 10 people interacting in bizarre and amazing ways, creating a show that will both dazzle and tickle your loins. KS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $6

PAGEANT--White trash is the new upper middle class, and we're about to crown our queen. The 2005 Miss White Trash Beauty Pageant unfolds tonight, brimming with cheap beer, cult rockers Jesus Presley, and all the drama of a poverty-stricken, geographically isolated and ignorant version of America's Next Top Model. EJ
Conan's Pub, 3862 SE Hawthorne, $15 ($10 in white trash attire), to register


CINEMATIC BADASS--When it comes to Sam Peckinpah, that's the only term that applies. He had the balls to make films that were daring, violent, controversial, and morally ambiguous--not to mention fucking rad. So hit the Northwest Film Center's Peckinpah series, starting tonight with his most famous work, 1969's western The Wild Bunch. EH
Guild Theater, 829 SW 9th, 7 pm, $7

SPORTS--When was the last time you caught a volleyball game, with its bullet-fast serves and in-your-face (booyah!) spikes? Tall, studly and powerful, the US men's volleyball team just missed out on a bronze medal at last summer's Olympics. They seek redemption today against the Netherlands team. PB
Rose Garden, 4 pm, $15-22


WOMEN'S BIKE RACING--Are you one of those bike commuters that silently races against the other commuters? Now's a chance to make your yellow jersey dreams come true: A 30-mile (flat) race at the Portland International Raceway! There are races for novices and masters--just don't forget your helmet. PB
Portland International Raceway, Exit 306 B off I-5, 6:15 race time, $12 entry fee


THE NEW DISJECTA--Way bigger and badder, the once-defunct Disjecta art/performance space is back, in a spankin' new location (basically on the Burnside Bridge). The official opening is on Saturday, but check tonight, the first official PAAAAR-TAY, with bands Shoplifting, The Get Hustle, and Spider and the Webs. MS
Disjecta @ the Templeton Building, 230 E Burnside, 8 pm, $6

CELLULOID--The ever-getting-cooler ACME bar presents "Found Footage," a monthly fantasy evening for film/video collectors. Hilarious and poignant movie bits dug out of dumpsters, thrift stores, and other secret places get projected on a big screen. Past footage has included old-school rap wizards and a Wendy's training video. JWS
ACME, SE 8th & Main, 9 pm, FREE


MUSIC--If the opening acts for their last two Portland appearances are any indication (Neil Hamburger? Weird.), Pinback may have finally realized how desperately BORING their band is, and have decided to leave the entertainment to the professionals. Thankfully, that means tonight we get a taste of one of the Northwest's secret gems--the performance art madness of Pleaseeasaur. ZP
w/Tic Code; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $14