DUSTIN WONG, WOODSMAN, WHITE FANG
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Woodsman.
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS,
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) The creative mind of Stephin Merritt comes to town with his sometimes-synth, sometimes "no-synth" project the Magnetic Fields on the heels of their new (synthy) Love at the Bottom of the Sea. So grab someone you love and point your toes toward the dance floor. MARJORIE SKINNER
(Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock) Known for playing pieces both melodic and dissonant, the Kronos Quartet will once again challenge our ideas about chamber and string music. The concert, hosted by Reed College, will include New York composer Steve Reich's memorial to September 11, 2001, "WTC 9/11." NATHAN GILLES
FRANK FAIRFIELD, MEMBERS OF BLACK PRAIRIE
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) Read our article on Frank Fairfield.
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, ROBERT ELLIS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Since early December, Drive-By Truckers have been performing sans their erstwhile secret weapon, bassist/singer Shonna Tucker. That's a shame, because she brought pathos to the country-western tunes she sang on last year's Go-Go Boots that I'm not sure the dudes in the band will be able to replicate. Still, their well-crafted tearjerkers stand on their own, evoking smoky bars and small-town tragedies. Even after starring in a documentary and achieving wide renown, Drive-By Truckers still sound like they'd rather be sitting on the back porch, spinning depressing yarns about missing husbands and preachers who murder their wives. In addition to their thunderous Southern rock, Drive-By Truckers can make country music like it was 40 or 50 years ago—sad, but with touches of cynicism that keep things from getting emotionally manipulative. REBECCA WILSON
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