Pick of the week!
Thursday (10/1) The Universal
DJ Ethan joins DJ Eve this week at Burt's to make for a smooth transition into the dance party of the new decade. Hopefully the new sound will eventual lead to less d-bags and ghetto creepers (how retro soul and post-punk ever drew this crowd in still a mystery), but only time will tell so go check it out!
Friday (10/2) I Is For Ida CD Release
Ok, the much-anticipated A Hawk and a Hacksaw house-show at the Gold House fell through, but don't take off your pants just yet. Everyone knows that I is for Ida, who drowned in a lake, but did you know that they're actually pretty good? The Oktober People, Sabertooth Cavity and two bands I've never heard of support them at the Launchpad for their official CD release. Five bucks, 21+ 9pm
Saturday (10/3) Starfucker
Yes yes yes! Portland's indie-electro-pop darlings Starfucker (think MGMT, without the hair metal-looking/disapointing live band) are playing at the CIRQ art space for only five bucks. They share the bill with another Portland band called Deelay Ceelay. They sound somewhat like a better version of our very own North America, so it's fitting that they'll be playing too. Expect a loud, neon-drenched happy party. 5 bucks, 8pm 16+
Forget it. Doesn't look like anything cool is going down this Sunday Sunday Sunday.
Monday (10/5) Mark Mallman
If you've never seen Mark Mallman, now's the time. He's from Minneapolis, Minnesota but comes through town every so often to play his showy, crazy, energetic, passionate piano rock (think early 70's Elton John with a drum machine AND a live drummer). Enough talking, it really has to be seen to to understood. Burt's Tiki Lounge, 10pm, 21+, FREE
Tuesday (10/6) Atomic Study Hall
This is a brand-new thing for the Atomic Cantina, a "college night" complete with drink specials and a DJ. I'm more than a little wary about recommending this event for two reasons:
1.) The DJ: "LD the mash-up king" usually plays at terrible places (see: Imbibe), for terrible hair-gelled douchbags (see: the kind of people who frequent Imbibe). I've never heard him but if his myspace is anything to go by, billing him as "electro indie-pop" might be way off bass. Still, he's said to have been a finalist in some DJ competition and there's the outside chance that he's more versatile than I think but...no. I mean, just LOOK at the guy!
2.) The words "college night" makes it seem like the Atomic is trying to bring in some of that horrible bro patronage that places like The Library and The Distillery enjoy. This means bad things.
Of course, nothing better has shown up on the radar as of now, and maybe it will beat the odds and be an alright place to drink! The only way to know for sure is to be there. 10pm, 21+, free
Baby Ketten Karyoke settles into it's new home at the Atomic Cantina on Wednesdays. So go, have a few, sing some Joy Division or The Hives up on the rock stage, and feel allllllllright. 21+, Free, 9pm.