ROCK 'N' ROLL PROM: MONARQUES, PONY VILLAGE, THE CRY, DJ COOKY PARKER, DJ HANUKKAH MIRACLE
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) Go back to the era of poodle skirts and Eisenhower! Rontoms brings you their fourth annual Rock 'n' Roll Prom, with popular Portland bands crooning '50s and '60s love songs (and of course, dance jams from local DJs). We all know the best way to get laid is via spiked punch and dancing a mean Frug. ROSE FINN
DRE C, SOOPAH EYPE
(Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th) Tonight marks the release of Portland emcee Dre C's new EP, the aptly titled Underrated but Dedicated. It's been almost a year since he dropped his DJ Noize-hosted mixtape, Hello My Name Is, and the resulting effort is well worth the wait. Dre joins his peers in the younger generation of hiphop that reject the excesses of materialistic braggadocio, instead aspiring to achieve artistic and intellectual riches while deftly avoiding preachy platitudes. Standout track "Just Be You" features local rapper Mic Capes in a keep-it-real anthem that manages to celebrate knowledge of self without any of the didactic baggage that can often entail. Underground rapper Soopah Eype kicks tonight off with his unique blend of gleeful eccentricity and lyrical skills. His brand-new release, Vol. 5 Public Defender, seamlessly namedrops David Bowie and Cat Stevens alongside Dana Dane and Malcolm X. RYAN FEIGH
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