Can Portland's Creative Community Survive Development, Price Surge?
YOUTHBITCH, PISS TEST
(Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside) Did we mention Lola's Room is hosting free punk shows every Monday now? You simply cannot argue with a deal like that, especially when a quality outfit like Youthbitch is headlining. The Portland quartet's boisterous, sugar-sweet pop punk is your best bet for starting the week on a frugal foot. DIRK VANDERHART
BRENDAN CANNING, HOLLY MIRANDA, GONDOLA
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) A visit from Broken Social Scene doesn't look like it's coming anytime soon, so how about a set by one of the band's figureheads? Brendan Canning just released his second solo record, You Gots 2 Chill, and this time the Social Scener eschews much of his band's genre-jumping and grand orchestrations in favor of understated, laid-back bedroom-pop. The tracks are built on melodic, finger-picked guitar lines that would never exist in such an unadorned state with BSS, but Canning makes the most of the barebones songs, borrowing a fair bit from guitarist John Fahey, even acknowledging as much with album opener "Post Fahey." MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN