Iceland! No, Wait! Norway! No, Wait! Germany?
RADIATION CITY, WILD ONES, PURE BATHING CULTURE, PEGASUS DREAM
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) In March of 2006, Jake Shimabukuro was a respected ukulele player who toured around Hawaii and played the occasional Hawaiian music festival in California or Japan. In late April of that year, he video-recorded a shockingly virtuosic ukulele version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" while sitting in Central Park. The video hit YouTube and Shimabukuro became one of the first viral-video internet sensations. Phone calls started pouring in and, since then, Shimabukuro has played with Yo-Yo Ma, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, and many others. Recently, he accompanied Bette Midler in a performance for Queen Elizabeth. Whether he's playing traditional Hawaiian music, covers of pop songs, or his own compositions, Shimabukuro almost single-handedly has taught the world to respect the ukulele. BRENDAN KILEY
GLITTER EXPRESS, JIZZ WISARD, NASALROD, A GENTLEMAN'S PICNIC
(Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan) Trapped between that fightin' urge to get out some pent-up aggression and that ever-lovin' need to just hump the universe and dance, dance, dance? With Glitter Express, you don't have to choose. The Portland party band has found a stimulating blend of disco and punk, and it sounds a hell of a lot better than whatever all that electroclash business was about a few years ago. Glitter Express' debut EP Casual Encounters has all the danger and excitement of a hookup with a stranger—right down to the possibility of ripped clothing, bite marks, and a wicked hangover—as it rides a wave of swishy hi-hat and fuzzy guitar groan over the course of songs with marvelous titles like "Gay Car Wash" and "Je M'en Bats les Steaks." Singer Noelle Magia's punk wail doesn't have a hint of diva preciousness, but what Glitter Express lacks in R&B smoove, they make up for in raw power. NED LANNAMANN