GLASS CANDY, CHROMATICS, DESIRE, MIKE SIMONETTI
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Welcome to the glamorous and moody world of Italo disco, where everyone looks great and sounds even better. Because on a night that both Glass Candy and Chromatics play, it's a sure bet that the prettiest, most fashionable people in town will congregate under their damaged, beautiful sound roof. COURTNEY FERGUSON
THE NO TOMORROW BOYS, THE LORDY LORDS, YOUTHBITCH, CHERRY CITY DEADBEATS
(Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan) The No Tomorrow Boys seem to be well over drinking age, but it's possible they retain fond memories of their time in juvie—or at least they want you to think so. Despite their pompadours and leather jackets, they aren't a period piece with a James Dean fixation. In fact, they sound a lot more like authentic 1950s garage rock than the bands that jacked the style two decades later and called it punk. Like deep cuts off early Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard albums, and most especially like the great Tacoma band the Sonics, the No Tomorrow Boys rock out about innocent things, like girls and cars. But they do it with such uninhibited frenzy that you finally get why early rock 'n' roll caused mothers to cry into their aprons and dads to ship the kids off to parochial school. REBECCA WILSON
JAI HO!: DJ PRASHANT
(Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside) Let's pretend there's a global battle royale of dance (like Step Up meets It's a Small World). Is there any question that Bollywood and bhangra would dominate? No. Because it's the insanest, sweatiest dancing in the entire world, and it doesn't involve dumb clogs. Tonight DJ Prashant celebrates two years of rockin' Lola's Room's Jai Ho! dance night with Bollywood beats. SARAH MIRK
KEITH MURRAY, DJ ZIMMIE, LOVE LOUNGERS
(Crown Room, 205 NW 4th) Keith Murray first burst upon the scene back in 1994, a young protegÉ of EPMD's Erick Sermon. His debut album, The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World, was a critical success and the title track was a crossover pop hit. Unfortunately, soon after Murray was convicted on an assault charge in a Connecticut nightclub, and spent three years in prison. While he was away, Murray's label put out two hastily assembled albums against his wishes, the unimaginatively titled It's a Beautiful Thing and The Most Beautifullest Hits. After a quick stint at Def Jam, which was marred by micro-managing and lack of promotion, Murray is now finally at a place in his career where he is able to release quality records through independent labels, which affords us all the enviable ability to catch a golden-era icon in such an intimate venue. RYAN FEIGH
SANDRIDER, GAYTHEIST, BROKAW, MONGOLOID VILLAGE
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Tonight's show is the Portland record-release party for Seattle heavy-rock trio Sandrider (Jon Weisnewski and Nat Damm of Akimbo, and Jesse Roberts of the Ruby Doe/Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds). Sandrider bolt streamlined, steamroller chord progressions and TIG-welded riffs that take turns driving and flying over Damm's notoriously unflappable beats. It's hard rock, but you can read to it (which is nearly impossible with most rock records). You could do lots of pursuits to this forceful and sophisticated avalanche of sound: world domination. Fortress building. Ruling your kingdom. Taking asses and kicking names. Drag racing. Fishing. GRANT BRISSEY
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