LOVESTONED: AUGHTS DANCE PARTY: DJ ZACK, SEX LIFE DJS, DJ ZAC ENO, DJ E*ROCK
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Think the "aught" years produced some of the best dance music ever? Then put on the clothes you were wearing 10 years ago and attend Lovestoned, an aughts dance party, featuring DJs Zack, Zac Eno, Sex Life DJs, and E*Rock spinning your fave party jams from 2000 to the end of the decade. Such as Justin Timberlake! Swoooon. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
PDX-MAS: HOSANNAS, JUST LIONS, OLD AGE, THE WORLD RADIANT
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) What better way to celebrate the holidays than to support your favorite free music festival, PDX Pop Now! (If it's not your favorite, you're either a Grinch or you've never been.) This will be basically like getting yourself a present so far in advance that you forget about it entirely, which will make it all the more surprising and rewarding when the July festival rolls around. For now, treat yourself with the delicate melodies of Hosannas, the soothing pop-rock of Just Lions, the lo-fi folk charm of Old Age, and, last but not least, the subtle, warm tunes of the World Radiant. This show is one of few chances you'll have to drink and dance your way into benefiting your future self and your city come summertime, so do us all a favor and keep your tab open. RACHEL MILBAUER
KELLI SCHAEFER, TOPE, SLANG
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Representing Amigo/Amiga Recordings' diverse catalog of Portland artists is, well, all three of the acts currently on their roster, all performing for the label's annual holiday party tonight. Kelli Schaefer's ascent from meat-and-potatoes folk-pop songwriter to minimalist electronic canoodler has been one of the more engaging musical evolutions of the past few years. Similarly, hiphop wunderkind Tope's well-deserved exposure into the collective consciousness of the rap underground has been a beacon for backpack rhymers in the Rose City, and his remix of Schaefer's "Home" was one of the more successful crossover achievements of recent years. Rounding out the festivities is the amazeballs cover-song styling of Slang, also known as Janet Weiss (Wild Flag) and Drew Grow, minus his usual compadres in the Pastors' Wives. Get out of the cold, support local music and a great local label all at once. RYAN J. PRADO
EAST END'S FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: AUSTIN COOK, THE LOVESORES, TANYA, GUN PARTY, DEFECT DEFECT, DI DI MAU, YOUTHBITCH
(East End, 203 SE Grand) For five glorious years, underground Portland bands and music fans alike have found a loving home at the East End bar and music venue. The club carved its niche in embracing an aesthetic and sensibility that hearkened to London's hallowed "East End" scene at the height of its hipness, and has flourished due to excellent booking, staffing, and an atmosphere conducive to maximum rock 'n' roll. They're marking a half decade by recreating 1976's seminal 100 Club Punk Special festival: and Portland's own will cover legendary bands of yesteryear. It's the perfect way to celebrate what's been done and what's yet to come with a fitting lineup of local acts, including two that essentially embody the East End vibe—Di Di Mau (performing Damned songs) and Youthbitch (taking on the Buzzcocks). Both bands are equal parts performance and punk, alternately sullen, snarling, and vivacious, all descriptors that could also apply to a certain side of our city. MARANDA BISH
TANGO ALPHA TANGO, MINDEN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The 2012 EP from Tango Alpha Tango, Kill & Haight, is spiked with dirty, badass guitar riffs and twangy vocals by Nathan Trueb that punch with attitude. It would be too easy to compare this PDX trio to the Black Keys, but the two bands certainly draw inspiration from the same old-school, bluesy well. Tonight they celebrate the release of Live from the Banana Stand, recorded at the fabled Portland house venue. Catch them with Minden, a newer band to the Portland scene, and one that oozes with an effortless-seeming suaveness that makes them all the more desirable. Their recent LP, Exotic Cakes, offers dreamy songs that are fun and intriguing, and a welcome addition to the ever-expanding sphere of Portland pop. RM
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