DEFIANCE OHIO, KIMYA DAWSON
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) One half of the lo-fi group the Moldy Peaches (who actually disbanded long before Juno), Olympia resident Kimya Dawson's quirky, intimate talk-singing will make you forget all about pregnant Ellen Page. VIRGINIA THAYER
OLD-TIME MUSIC GATHERING
(Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th) If you have even the slightest inclination toward old-time music—that revival of the acoustic-based bluegrass, blues, folk, country, and gospel that more or less became the groundwork for almost every kind of American song-based music to come since—then the Scottish Rite Center is where you're going to want to spend your weekend. Throughout the building's three floors and five different performance spaces, visiting and local pluckers, pickers, fiddlers, and grinners will perform, workshop, and jam. Since $15 ($10 in advance) gets you in the door each day, there's definite bang-for-your-buck factor, and if you're the kind of person who just can't get enough square dancing, you'll probably spend more minutes this weekend promenading than the rest of the winter combined. The Portland Old-Time Music Gathering stretches beyond the weekend to different venues around town; visit bubbaguitar.com for the full schedule. NED LANNAMANN
SUPERFRESH: DANGEROUS BOYS CLUB, BREAKFAST MOUNTAIN, SERIOUS BUSINESS, & MORE
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) A semiannual culmination of the monthly Supernature dance party, this second installment of Superfresh is going to be an epic, all-ages affair, starting before the dinner hour and stretching until the wee hours. Most of the acts etch compulsively danceable beats out of digital sounds and squiggles, but the Dangerous Boys Club—whose debut album VRIL got a proper release this week on Fast Weapons, the label of Nathan Howdeshell (AKA Brace Paine of Gossip)—has fat, chomping synth lines and a bottom end that'll suck you in like quicksand. Led by the dramatic baritone of Aaron Montaigne and boasting talent from Mac Mann, Mark Burden, and Sam Ott, the music of Dangerous Boys Club offers a quick, lightning flash of extreme violence, slowed down and stretched to a graceful, glacial pace. NED LANNAMANN
THEMES, JAMES APOLLO, SEXO TROPICO
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) The Phantom, the full-length released last summer by Portland-by-way-of-Minneapolis-by-way-of-Santa Rosa duo Themes, is a haunting, smoky collection of slow-paced torchburners, bearing ghostly arrangements and a male-female vocal dialogue from Jacy McIntosh and Kelsey Crawford. They're sharing the bill with longtime friend James Apollo, the New York-by-way-of-Arkansas troubadour whose latest, Til Your Feet Bleed, is a spare, dusty collection that comes in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident that kept Apollo off his feet for six months. There's resignation and frailty in his songs, but also an untarnished optimism that gives them a woozy romanticism. NED LANNAMANN
SCHOOL OF ROCK PERFORMS STONE RROCK
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Leading your children to a subgenre of music referred to as “stoner rock” might be considered ill advised for most parents. However, for the forward thinkers who enroll their tots at Portland’s School of Rock, it’s an opportunity to show their offspring that the heaviest and best riffs are often found underground (even if they have to purposefully misspell the event to emphasis the “rock” instead of the “stoner”). In lieu of handing the tykes a bong and a copy of Sleep’s Holy Mountain, the School of Rock places instruments in students’ hands and teaches them that chops are not necessarily measured by speed or a crisp guitar tone. Tonight, the troop explores fuzzy tracks by the likes of Pentagram, Electric Wizard, Kyuss, and High on Fire. They’ll be joined on stage by local riff-professors from Red Fang, Danava, Nether Regions, plus the original guitarist from Blue Cheer, Leigh Stephens, playing their original tunes alongside the young hopefuls. Parents, be proud. Your kids are cooler than you are. ARIS WALES
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