Clinton St Theater
June 25 – July 1, 9:30 p.m.
$6, $4 Tuesdays
Jon Moritsugu’s low-fi exploration of the lives of a strugglingfilmmaker and musician, set in San Francisco. If you’re nearing 30and still chasing a dream that seems to be fading before your eyes,this may be the film for you. If not, then it’s still worth aviewing.
The Slip, Hairy Apes BMX, Marcus Eaton
Any band called Hairy Apes BMX (Butt Moving Xperience) has gotto put on a good show, or else they’re just another bunch of foolswith a crappily named band. Rumor has it they do, with greasyfunk-hop deluges providing wheels for the good times to rollupon.
DIY Shrinki Dink Night
You, most likely a product of the ’80s like myself, surelyremember the stupidest of all stupid ’80s crafts, Shrinki Dinks. Doyou want to relive the frustration of realizing that every oneyou’ll ever make will inevitably look like shit as soon as it comesout of the oven? Well, now you can, courtesy of the Nocturnal’scraft bins. Just try not to laugh at everyone else’s patheticattempts. Yours looks just as bad.
Calexico, Viva Voce
$13, $15 door
Lush but subtle pop featuring the satisfaction of a good harmonyover a power-pop chord and a synth flourish distinguishes Viva Vocefrom the pack. The little things make all the differencehere.
Demolition Doll Rods, Get Hustle, Starantula
Having shared the stage with greats such as Guitar Wolf, theDemolition Doll Rods, despite their unwieldy name, probably areworth the eight dollars admission. Get Hustle’s jazz chaos andStarantula’s jumpsuited, half-assed onslaught don’t hurteither.
Bastinado, Quarry To The War, Desperately Waiting
Desperately Waiting? I’m desperately waiting for people tofigure out that names like that aren’t clever or creative and, infact, turn me off to their band. In any case, see this show for anight of emotional, bottom heavy rock.
Aesop, Himself, The Ramsey Brothers, Sidewayz Speech, DJFreize
$10, $12 door
A night of independent and largely underground hip-hop that’simpossible to get any information about online. If you want to seeit, then you probably already know it’s happening. If not, thenconsider this your heads up.
Flying Other Brothers, David Nelson and Friends
Once a Grateful Dead cover band, the Flying Other Brothers’Summer of Love psych-rock innuendo is blended with a healthyinterest in venture capitalism. If a bunch of music professors andcritics rehashing Quicksilver Messenger Service is your thing, thendon’t miss out.
The eccentricities of Calvin Johnson never fail to entertain. Goto this concert. Now.
Although seeing MC5, with Mark Arm no less, is something thatyou shouldn’t pass up under any circumstance, and the Fireballs ofFreedom promise live rock and roll destruction, you will have tosit through the relatively lame Mondo Generator. Even so, this,along with $15, is a small price to pay.
Do you miss Satan’s Pilgrims? I know I do. Well, here’s the nextbest thing, as The Verbtones share the same penchant for badass,scary surf.
Waterfront Blues Festival featuring Keb Mo,’ Jonny Lang, CannedHeat, and more
Through July 6
Even though the price of this enormous festival of blues talentis ridiculously low, I wouldn’t venture into the Waterfront thistime of year if you paid me $5. The Rose Festival crowds gross meout big time. However, if you’ve got more spine than me, then thisis probably a good event.
The Out Crowd, Heartless
The Out Crowd’s velvety sixties rock makes me happy, and, if yougive it a chance, it will do the same to you. They also have a linkto the Paxil Web page on their site, which should be some kind ofclue as to what they sound like. And guess who their front personis – Matt Hollywood from Brian Jonestown Massacre. I rest mycase.
Clark County Amphitheater
A friend once told me that liking Rush necessitates disregardingtheir cheese factory lyrics. I found this explanation effectiveenough to actually get pretty heavily into 2112 for a little while.And who can deny the fun of seeing virtuoso prog dinosaurs inconcert in the sweltering heat?
Imagine Bjork’s majestic vocals (however not as good) mixed withdark, very creepy and just as delicate music emanating from laptopand warm vintage tubes, and you have Mum.
Boy, do these guys suck. They suck in the whiny Puddle of Muddfashion. Avoid Berbati’s tonight like a leper colony.
Rose Festival Fireworks Display
The family-friendly version of filling a bottle with gunpowderand running. It’s a lot less fun, since you’re not activelyinvolved but it costs about the same.
PDX Comix Caf퀌�
Whether you want to buy, sell or trade your homemade comics,this is the place. You’ll even have a chance to make some, if youremember to bring some supplies to do so. Add liquor and you haveall the ingredients for a good time.