MUSTAPHAMOND, SUN ANGLE, AND AND AND, GRANDPARENTS, TALKATIVE, DJ MAXAMILLION, DJ PAPI, DJ BLVD NIGHTS
(The Waiting Room, SW 10th & Morrison) This Halloween bash is gonna be off the chain. It's a warehouse costume party with five ace Portland bands, including Sun Angle, And And And, Grandparents, Talkative, and Mustaphamond—plus DJs Maxamillion, Papi, and Blvd Nights spinning all night long. BYO costume and booze, and get ready to dance and party and sweat 'til the witching hour. NED LANNAMANN
AU REVOIR SIMONE, CALLMEKAT
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The cool spaceship pop of Au Revoir Simone no longer seems quite as distinctive now that all those other synth-drenched bands have risen in their wake over the past few years, but the Brooklyn trio's expert songwriting still sets them apart. All three members—Erika Forster, Annie Hart, Heather D'Angelo—coax mentholated buzzes and waterfall tones from their synthesizers, and their rhythms have grown continually more assertive and less robotic since their 2005 debut. Their newest album, Move in Spectrums, might be their best so far, full of smart, sophisticated pop that doesn't hide any of its pleasures on the first listen, but reveals subtleties and contagious hooks with each one after. With all three ladies taking turns on lead vocals, Au Revoir Simone remains a trinity of pleasure. NL
MANX, BRAIN CAPITAL, BROTHER ELF, AUTONOMICS, BUBBLE CATS, FOXY LEMON
(Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont) Tonight local power-rock trio Manx celebrates the release of its new self-titled album and kicks off a long week of Halloween themed shows while headlining a huge lineup at the Blue Monk. The group's new release offers eight tracks of revved-up, catchy classic rock made for fist pumping. The album is packed with hooks and melodies, anchored by some superbly belted-out vocals that waste no time in getting to the point. They hit their stride on tracks like "Hopeless Case," where bassist John Barnaby and guitarist Thomascyne Ryther echo and trade vocals through the chorus, providing just over two minutes of pure power-pop bliss. All the tracks are well balanced, with enough fresh and creative energy in each quick burst to pull you in, but never lingering long enough to wear out their welcome. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
FLATBUSH ZOMBIES, BODEGA BAMZ
(Peter's Room at Roseland, 8 NW 6th) New York's Flatbush Zombies—Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliot, the last of whom also handles most of the group's production—have a lot going for them. Their dark, drugged-up, eyes-rolled-back aesthetic and highly "rebloggable" streetwear fashion sense have made them one of the most buzzed/tweeted/Tumblr'd-about new rap groups on the internet, but their music has mostly been a mere side note to this popularity. And though their latest effort, BetterOffDEAD, is a definite improvement from their lackluster debut, D.R.U.G.S., it still sounds like a distilled, less-talented version of a Tech N9ne or a Gravediggaz-type Wu-affiliate. Unless you're a teenager or brand-new rap fan, Flatbush Zombies will likely have you reminiscing on the time when New York rappers started trends instead of chasing them. MIKE RAMOS
WICKED AWESOME BIG HOMO HALLOWEEN PARTY
(White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th) Tonight's Wicked Awesome Halloween party promises so, so much! A costume contest, prizes, a photo booth, and lots of hot, hot homos and heteros. Dance it out with the partystarters on the decks or hit up the queer cover bands who'll be aping your favorites from Le Tigre, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nirvana, and Lauryn Hill. This does indeed sound wicked awesome. COURTNEY FERGUSON
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