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MATT AND KIM, OBERHOFER
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Exuberance! Jumping! Dancing! Matt and Kim's live shows have plenty of bounce for the ounce. The boppin' duo are touring on their recently released album, Lightning, which is full of melodic beats, catchy bleeps and bloops, and Matt Johnson's enthusiastic, nasally singing. Wear your party pants! COURTNEY FERGUSON
WEINLAND, TANGO ALPHA TANGO, KELLI SCHAEFER
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Weinland.
BOWERBIRDS, STRAND OF OAKS, PRYPYAT
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) On Strand of Oaks' new LP, Dark Shores, the enormity of Tim Showalter's musical ambitions is reeled in to a dull roar. There's something familiar and warm about it all, likely thanks to the production of John Vanderslice at SF's Tiny Telephone Studios. "Last Grains," however, thunders out of the second half of the album at a rock 'n' roll clip, with fussy drums, piano, and the first strained vocal of the collection. Showalter's lovelorn aesthetic bends in cosmic fashion during the man-on-the-moon (literally) ballad "Spacestations," which was originally leaked as a synth-washed beater earlier in the year. It's obvious here that even a scaled-back Strand of Oaks can be every bit as grand as 2010's Pope Killdragon, and Dark Shores is an excellent lyrical wormhole into the mind of a modern-folk Bowie. RYAN J. PRADO
WICKED AWESOME: JUDAS H. PRIEST, PLANET CLAIRE, THEE ZOMBETTES, BOMB ASS PUSSY
(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) The gayest holiday just got gayer. Wicked Awesome, a big queer Halloween dance party, is back for the third year in a row—now with numerous cover bands, DJs, and a costume contest. Put on your Dorothy slippers (or chaps) and boogie down to tracks from B-52s cover band Planet Claire. It doesn't get any more fabulous than that! ROSE FINN
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