EAR CANDY: SWAHILI, WISHYUNU
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Once a month, the Mercury and Mississippi Studios team up to bring you a local showcase of the best bands in town—for FREE! This installment of Ear Candy pairs the dance phantasmagoria of Swahili with the luscious, synth-laden dream pop of Wishyunu for a night of the best that Portland has to offer. NED LANNAMANN
X, THE BLASTERS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) The members of X don't take breaks for the holidaze—they tour. "A Family X-Mas" is not a Christmas-themed string of shows as some might fear (so don't get your wrapping in a bunch). The legendary Los Angeles punk band is just doing their thing. It's hot on the heels of their tour with Blondie, and also follows the recent reissue of the band's first six studio records, including one of my favorites, More Fun in the New World. X's importance to punk rock is immeasurable, as is the importance of escaping the holiday rush and finding the true meaning of X-mas. MARK LORE
TIGER HOUSE, TALKATIVE, BUBBLE CATS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) The three local bands that combine forces tonight create a pop-influenced lineup that's as diverse and playful as it comes. The common thread that connects these bands is the ability to craft joyful and uptempo music that's not afraid to take a few twists and turns along the way. Bubble Cats mash classic rock and punk into spurts of high-octane exuberance. The trilogy of EPs they released earlier this year are chock-full of garage-pop tunes as delightful as their name suggests. The sometimes rocking, often experimental freak-folk sounds of Talkative are the wild card here, but that's not surprising given how far-out last year's appropriately named cassette Frantically sounded. Tiger House make bright dance-pop love songs that are whimsical and endearing. They've even got a cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham! up their sleeve, should the need for a little extra holiday spirit present itself. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
CLUB CHEMTRAIL: KINGDOM, MASSACOORAMAAN, SPF666, COMMUNE
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) Club Chemtrail has consistently provided a progressive dance haven, putting Portland on the map by inviting niche producers the world over to de-homogenize the swag-hat centrism of downtown nightlife. Chemtrail's founders curate with praxis by informing their audience of the potential sociopolitical forces inherent in movement and music, highlighting how electronic music functions in varying subcultures. For Chemtrail's one-year anniversary, LA-based label Fade to Mind founder Kingdom comes to the Rose with a signature sound that harkens back to the ambience of new age fused with industrial SFX, subsonic bass, and macro-world rhythms that are BPM'ed to the max. Expect a celebration of style and future-forward club vibes for the masses on tonight's epic DJ bill. WYATT SCHAFFNER
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