GIRL IN A COMA, FENCES, THE BLACK BOX REVELATION
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Girl in a Coma features three badass women from San Antonio with a clear and present Morrissey fixation, producing Smiths-influenced jangle pop so convincing that the Great Moz tapped them to open his 2007 tour. Fences features three guys from Seattle led by one Christopher Mansfield, producing strummy, punchy, old-fashioned indie rock that has thus far escaped the notice of Morrissey. Tonight, both bands light up the stage at the Doug Fir. DAVID SCHMADER
FAKE HOSPITAL, MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS, WHITE GOURD, TENSES
(Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) Occult magick, sequential art, books on tape, and cut-up literature—Fake Hospital, the mixed-media experiment of Portlander Grant Corum, is at the intersection of all these and more. Evoking images of ancient ceremony, spectral phenomena, and early dungeon-crawling RPGs, Fake Hospital Book I was designed as a "reality hacking" operation in which Corum attempts "to forge spirits within experimental arts and performance." Essentially a story told through music, projection, and narrated dream states, Corum bewitches the senses and guides the listener through an adventure unlike any other. CHRIS CANTINO
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