There are certain records one can throw on for virgin listeners and know with unequivocal certainty that the music will change their lives for the better. Neutral Milk Hotels In the Aeroplane Over the Sea comes to mind, as does Led Zeppelin II and Fugazis Red Medicine. The 1994 debut by Portland-based band Team Dresch belongs in that same category. Personal Best clocked in at a mere 24 minutes, but it single-handedly raised the bar sky high for not only the then-burgeoning Riot Grrl and Queercore movements, but for punk rock in general. As incisively melodic and wise as it was blisteringly heavy and innovative, those 10 songs remain as powerful today as they were 15 years ago, and the fact that Donna Dresch, Kaia Wilson, Jody Bleyle and Melissa York still show up on Northwest stages periodically is a rare and precious gift. Go to this show with someone who loves the Clash and PJ Harvey as much as you do, and youre guaranteed to have a magical evening. With Erase Errata, Telepathic Liberation Army, DJ Dewey Decimal.
Sun., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2009