GROUP DOUEH, DUSU MALI BAND, DJ GLOBALRUCKUS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Group Doueh.
BARE WIRES, THE OUTDOORSMEN, TAXI BOYS
(East End, 203 SE Grand) While San Francisco gets all the attention for being the hotbed of West Coast rock and roll, one need only make a short trip (not during rush hour) across the Bay Bridge to find bands that are equally as rock and roll, and just as druggy and fun. Oakland's Bare Wires don't play the noize card like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees; instead they crank out smooth, power-glam anthems that bring to mind Gary Glitter (pre-Asian incarceration) and Slade, whose biggest hit as it happens was "Cum On Feel the Noize." Bare Wires' "Don't Ever Change" is a bona fide anthem in the spirit of 1973. There was probably far less plaid and platform shoes involved in the making of the song, but it's comforting nonetheless. MARK LORE
KNIFEY SPOONY, YOUTHBITCH, MIDNITE SNAXXX, FORSORCERERS
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Don't be fooled into thinking that the three ladies of Midnite Snaxxx are just another set of tattooed gals with Bettie Page haircuts. Though they are, Midnite Snaxxx are also seasoned veterans of the "Budget Rock" underground scene of the Bay Area. Drummer Tina Lucchesi started out in the Trashwomen, a female tribute band to the group that launched thousands of rock careers with "Surfin' Bird," and has been making noise in SF/Oakland ever since. Along with guitar player Dulcinea Gonzalez (of the Loudmouths) and bass player Renee Neal, Midnite Snaxxx's repertoire belongs to the Ramones-inspired canon, employing the expected derivative riffs and vocal affectations while a deceptively original and inspired energy lurks behind each song. Also on the bill is local act Youthbitch, a raucous bunch who utilize an organ and various percussion to round out that classic garage sound. MARANDA BISH
SATELLITE ENSEMBLE, HANNAH PENN, GALEN CLARK, GROOVY WALLPAPER
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Ubiquitous guitar-strummer Nick Jaina is getting classy: His new work, performed tonight, is an epic piece based on a poem that will debut on stage in NYC with members of the New York City Ballet. But for the Portland crowd, it's "Dance, Plus Music, Minus Dance." Which means no ballerinas, but an opera singer instead! And a cello! SARAH MIRK