HUNX AND HIS PUNX, HEAVY CREAM, ADRIAN PIPER COVER BAND
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Seth Bogart, best known as Hunx, didn't enlist his Punx on Hairdresser Blues, his swishy new record on Hardly Art, but they'll be in tow for a rip-roaring night of super-campy garage rock. Bogart's kind of a genius at unearthing the inherent homosexual undertones in pop music's past—particularly in glam rock, girl group sounds, and tight leather-clad punk—and playing them to the fore. Hairdresser Blues is the kind of juicy, undeniable pop record that might slip past the ears of the most guarded, rightwing anti-gay before he knows what he's listening to. And what's the problem, anyway, homophobe? It's only rock 'n' roll, and you know you like it. NED LANNAMANN
WHITE RABBITS, GULL
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) In 2012 Brooklyn, plenty of bands surely sound like White Rabbits: agreeably tuneful, handy (footy?) with guitar pedals, rhythmically tough, accessible yet edgy dance rock for on-top-of-it 20-somethings. Their new album, Milk Famous, flits by with a handful of semi-memorable melodies that will not impede your shopping errands or disrupt your coding session. Sorry if this sounds like damning with faint praise. White Rabbits, who originate from Columbia, Missouri, have some interesting, dissonant guitar textures and hum-able tunes, and they're far superior to the Strokes and Interpol and their disciples. But something about this group strikes an overly contrived note. I bet they have stylists. DAVE SEGAL
CURSEBREAKER, UNRESTRAINED, TWOHANDS, BLACKHEATH
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Portland's hardcore scene, sadly, is relegated to the few willing venues who don't mind spit and blown PAs, and to lots of basement and living room shows whose residents don't mind shoeprints on the ceiling. Luckily for shadow kung-fu dudes, windmill kickers, and penny picker-uppers, Rotture's hosting of PDX flag-bearers Cursebreaker and Twohands, plus straightedge shredders Unrestrained and newcomers Blackheath, is a welcome shift in environment. Shakeups in the Twohands lineup over the last few months have yielded more brutal, hedonistic aural pathways, namely in the addition of Matt Hagan (ex-Brutal Fight) on vocals and Jayson Smith (ex-the Hedonist) on guitar. Cursebreaker's unsolicited perch at the head of the local hardcore pack has come by way of aggressive live shows and tons of DIY mettle. This show will be loud and awesome, and a great introduction to PDX hardcore. Let's get ready to rumble. RYAN J. PRADO
PHAME: THE H IS FOR HONORED SHOWCASE
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) PHAME Academy provides arts programs for adults with developmental disabilities; tonight, their week-long H Is for Honored tour of the Portland region concludes with a showcase featuring comedy, dance, and a performance from the PHAME choir. ALISON HALLETT
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