ANTHONY SANCHEZ BENEFIT: CHICHARONES, COOL NUTZ, VURSATYL, MANIMALHOUSE, LIVING PROOF, DJ SPARK, EMINENT (Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) There are many benefits to being involved in the local music scene, but health insurance usually isn't one of them. Anthony Sanchez of Runaway Productions recently experienced this firsthand after a life-threatening accident put him into a coma and left him with extensive medical bills. Tonight his friends have put together a show to help cover some of those costs, as well as pay tribute to a man who has done a lot of important behind-the-scenes work around town as a booker, promoter, and music fan. While Sanchez doesn't limit himself to working with any one genre of music, his decade-plus dedication to local hiphop is evidenced tonight with a lineup featuring some of Portland's finest. RYAN FEIGH Also see My, What a Busy Week!
POLIÇA, DJ COPY (Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Minneapolis' Poliça has easily made the most viable use yet of Auto-Tune; you almost don't notice it—much less curse its presence—until you're already sufficiently rapt by vocalist Channy Leaneagh's seeming spectrality. Produced by Gayngs' Ryan Olson and mixed by Spoon's Jim Eno, the band's debut, Give You the Ghost, is an electronic reconstruction of rhythm and blues—with emphasis on the rhythm—merged with progressive rock sensibilities, though that seems too succinct to express the full range of music being made here. Regardless, there are few moments as smooth and enlivening as those first on "I See My Mother" or "Wandering Star," when that beat drops and Leaneagh's voice—equal parts metallic and angelic—soars in. There is no doubt that this album is one of the best of the year thus far. RAQUEL NASSER
GAYCATION SIX-YEAR ANNIVERSARY (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) If hot, sweaty queer action is your bag, throw your hands up for the sixth anniversary of Gaycation! Portland's sexiest dance night for gays and gay lovers is celebrating its b-day with DJ Snowtiger, Mr. Charming, and internationally renowned DJ (and member of Brooklyn band Creep) Lauren Flax. Hot. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
ANIMAL EYES, HOLIDAY FRIENDS, IRONWOOD RUN (Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) Animal Eyes, like their symphonic indie-rock antecedent Typhoon, didn't originate in Portland, but they somehow produce the sort of work that's come to typify this city's music scene: sprawling prog-pop mini-masterpieces, augmented by unconventional or "distinguished" instrumentation. On paper, that partnership might sound like overwrought bullshit (and ELO's second album and Kiss Symphony are proof that it definitely can be), but none of the orchestral amenities on Animal Eyes' great debut, Found in the Forest, seem like they're there to cover up careless songwriting, and they don't ever get in the way of the songs themselves. MORGAN TROPER
BAD ASSETS, AUDIOS AMIGOS, FLASH FLOOD AND THE DIKES (Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) Audios Amigos is what a spaghetti western might sound like if Ennio Morricone used a stompbox. The Portland instrumental quartet is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to bulldoze through surf, country and rock at immortal volumes. And the term supergroup isn't completely off base, as these amigos include members of Thee Headliners, Don't, and American Friction. I saw their first show, and I must say I've never witnessed a crowd come to life like I did that night—the dance floor filled up, alcohol sales tripled, and I am almost certain half a dozen babies were conceived. Do with that what you will. MARK LORE
STIRLING MYLES, LOG ACROSS THE WASHER, ZACH ZAITLIN (The Waypost, 3120 N Williams) Probably one of the healthiest barometers of the status of the DIY folk underground the last few years has centered on the efforts of Alameda and its vocalist/guitarist Stirling Myles. With a bevy of cozy house shows spotlighting touring and local talent, self-booked tours, and a successful Kickstarter campaign last year to help along completion of the excellent Seasons/Spectres, the band has met the small-fish-big-pond ethos with a shrug and a lot of hard work. Currently in the studio finishing tracking on their upcoming album Procession, and on the cusp of a West Coast tour through the month of March, Myles offers this stripped-down set of Alameda numbers (with perhaps a few new tracks slipping through) in advance of one of the more highly anticipated local records of 2012. RYAN J. PRADO