HOLOGRAMS, TV GHOST, ARCTIC FLOWERS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The ice-cool rush of Holograms is hypersonic rock 'n' roll at its most energizing, with aggravated tunes that turn isolation and disillusionment into something worth celebrating. The Swedish foursome brings their post-punk chill to Holocene tonight, but you're guaranteed to end the night in a sweat. NED LANNAMANN
BENEFIT FOR TOM BEVITORI: BLITZEN TRAPPER, DOLOREAN, PORTLAND COUNTRY UNDERGROUND, JAKE RAY
(Secret Society, 116 NE Russell) Any Dolorean show is a big deal, and this deal is even bigger: The great local band—which doesn't play in public nearly often enough for my liking—is joining several other great local bands for a very worthy benefit: Tom Bevitori, one of three singer/songwriters that front local country outfit Denver, is in need of financial aid for his recent medical expenses, including a hospital stay that resulted from Crohn's disease-related infections. Dolorean joins heavy-hitters Blitzen Trapper, nimble-pickin' all-stars Portland Country Underground, and twangy songwriter Jake Ray on a bill to raise funds for Bevitori. Denver themselves aren't on the bill, but they headline a show at the Doug Fir on Friday, December 13. Possibly by tonight they'll be itching to play again. With Blitzen Trapper headlining a small room, expect a sellout—this is a top-notch lineup for a terrific cause. NL
THIRD EYE BLIND, TEAM
(East End, 1332 W Burnside) For all the things that leap to mind when you think of Third Eye Blind, let's consider them the lesser of two evils—next to Matchbox 20. Which they are. It's true that no matter how much credibility either band attempts to carve out for themselves, they're always going to be nostalgia acts. That's not to say 3EB hasn't written some catchy songs. "Never Let You Go" and the over-over-played "Semi-Charmed Life" are earworms in the best and worst sense of the word. The fact they're still at it says something (though I'm not sure what), but it does beg the question: Who on earth goes to a Third Eye Blind show in 2013? I'm afraid to find out. MARK LORE
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