PARQUET COURTS, NUCULAR AMINALS, NAOMI PUNK
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on Parquet Courts.
LORD DYING, DIESTO
(White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th) If you're still a n00b, here's the perfect introduction to a new club whose Facebook profile claims its live music calendar is "arranged by special request from Baphomet himself." Clearly the Sabbatic Goat looks approvingly upon the punishing thrash and technical prowess of Lord Dying's powerful doom, and so must you. MARJORIE SKINNER
DENVER, WIDOWER, WHAT HEARTS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Portland country twangers Denver recently suffered a setback when drummer Sean MacNeil moved to New York City, but Quiet Life's Ryan Spellman is taking the throne for tonight's gig. The group just finished recording a new album in November with Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper producing, and they're going to hit the road in April with Shovels and Rope. Meanwhile, Seattleite Kevin Large—AKA Widower—has assembled an impressive band for tonight's show, during which he'll showcase his splendid new album Fool Moon, recorded at Type Foundry here in Portland with producer Cory Gray. Opening the show is the magnetic folk-rock of What Hearts, who typically play as an all-lady five piece, but in tonight's incarnation will be a coed four: singer/songwriter/guitarist Julie Vitells, bassist Courtney Sheedy, drummer Sarah Fennell, and some dude named Dave Depper doing something or other. NED LANNAMANN
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) In addition to being our most syllabic federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has recently been promoted as a day of service—volunteering, picking up trash, generally being less of a dick than usual. And that's important. It's potentially even enjoyable. But all the best birthday parties have tunes, and this particular birthday party is also a fundraiser for the NAACP, which is probably a better way of paying tribute to Dr. King than taking your crap to Goodwill (not saying you can't do both). It's headlined by Portland sax legend Reggie Houston, erstwhile member of the Fats Domino Band and collaborator of Peter Gabriel and the Neville Brothers. He'll be joined by an overwhelming lineup of Portland greats, including vocal powerhouse Shirley Nanette and the soulful LaRhonda Steele. Also, did you know that there's a Jug Band Hall of Fame? There is, and inductee Arlo Leach will be playing, too. REBECCA WILSON
BÉISBOL, FOREIGN ORANGE, LIQUID LIGHT, BIKE THIEF
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Your genre-bending, band-cramming, rollercoaster ride of a show starts now, so unfold your arms, Portland show-goers, and get down in the dark, downstairs hall. The show opens with arty folk-rock group Bike Thief, who may or may not "ooh" and "aah" you out of your primary transportation device. Next, Liquid Light's rippling, post-rock guitar riffs and heavily distorted, yearning vocals may make you feel more lost than you've ever been in your life. Then Foreign Orange takes you on a goth parade to the island of dreams. Or at least I think that's what the lyrics mean? And BÉisbol's jams are up-tempo pop that you can dance to. The duo is a band of brothers—literally—and their posi-vibe, psychedelic harmonies pull you right to back to where your heart belongs. ROCHELLE HUNTER
SUM 41, I AM DYNAMITE, HUNTER VALENTINE
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) If someone asked me to describe pop/punk in unspecific terms, I'd instinctively cite (read: hum the main riff to) "Fat Lip" by Sum 41. It is by no means the genre's finest hour, nor is it a good song, but goddammit if it isn't archetypal. Rolling Stone described the single as a "synthesis of Blink-182, Beastie Boys, and Black Sabbath," which is an appropriately superficial deconstruction, although I suppose they meant it as a compliment. Sum 41 personified the worst elements of Warped Tour skate-punk and its burgeoning rapcore outgrowth, arguably driving the genre and its practitioners to their ultimate conclusion: $1 CD bins (and eventually back into the underground, where something of a pop/punk renaissance appears to be germinating). So shit, it's Friday night—don't you have anything better to do? 'Cause I sure don't. I'll never fall in line. MORGAN TROPER
OLD TIME MUSIC GATHERING
(Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th) Now entering year 14, the Portland Old-Time Music Gathering is a multi-day, multi-venue affair with plenty of old-time music, workshops, square dancing, kids' stuff and more for stringband and bluegrass lovers. NED LANNAMANN
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