(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) With merely a guitar, a drum kit, and a ton of passionate energy, Vancouver, BC, duo Japandroids make music on a monumental scale, with waves of rock bliss pouring off their fuzzy, poppy anthems. They'll perform a bunch of brand-new tunes from their next record, due out next year. NED LANNAMANN
KAYLEE COLE, SUN ANGLE, LEMOLO
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Perhaps you've been lucky enough to catch one of Kaylee Cole's performances scattered throughout the Rose City in the past couple years. Surely it was an intimate experience, the Seattle chanteuse leaving you rapt with her ivory confessionals and thick, tempered vocals that simmer and soar to a boil in no time at all. With the recent help of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, though, Cole's new songs are better suited for the dance floor than the buffed marble of a hotel lobby, her lonely waltzes transposed into more dynamic, synth-drenched soundscapes. This show will be her very first with her new band (including past members of Hockey and local jazz cat Ben Darwish), and all will be working to recreate much of the album that Cole and Sitek have been dreaming up out in the Los Angeles canyon lands. You won't be able to own a physical copy until early 2012, so allow this amuse-bouche to prepare you for the exciting sounds to come. RAQUEL NASSER
(The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark) Scotland based DFRNT (Alex Cowles) has created a little dub empire that is quickly gaining size and international respect. It includes the Echodub record label, his online imprint Cut, SittingOvation blog, Insight podcast, and a newly launched print magazine entitled Modus. These various strands explore and advance the deeper, swankier side of dubstep/dub techno and, as a network, rise way above the pack in terms of quality content and design. Of course, DFRNT makes his own dub music as well, and Portland is on a very short list of US cities he'll visit on tour this week. Also playing is local producer Gulls, whose inventive tampering with self-generated samples and freaky rhythms is one of the more original things happening in Portland electronic music right now. AVA HEGEDUS
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