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Alela Diane performs at the Tractor Tavern at 9 p.m. Sunday for $10

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Weekend Show Suggestions For You And Me

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Alela Diane performs at the Tractor Tavern at 9 p.m. Sunday for $10

Oh, you don't get to go to Musicfest NW this weekend? Me either. But instead of being sad and moping because you have to work, or because you can't afford it, or because your mom is in town and you have to entertain her (or if you're me, all of the f*cking above), you can console yourself by attending one of these events, any of which will immediately make you forget all about those Portland assholes enjoying a line-up that's as good as (and arguably better than) Bumbershoot's.

Tonight:

Love As Laughter, Oxford Collapse, the Sea Navy

Sunset Tavern, 10 p.m., $10

Brooklyn rock veterans Love As Laughter are currently touring in support of their latest record, Holy, and if you haven't heard it (or them) yet, go to the show, where you will get the warm fuzzies all over, and then buy the record immediately so you can take those warm fuzzies home with you. Plus, as you probably know already, Sub Pop signee Oxford Collapse recently released an album, BITS, and they, too, are worthy of your attention and dollars. And 'cause it's at the Sunset, it'll be a nice, cozy show. Awww.

Concert for Change feat. Flipper, Tiny Vipers, the Nextdoor Neighbors, Active I, Jinu Park

El Corazon, 7 p.m., $15, all ages

It may cost $15, but your hard-earned cash will go to a good cause: the Obama campaign. And even if you're not an Obama supporter (also, former Hillary supporters: if you're not one post-Palin, who is a total far-right nutjob, you are no longer allowed to call yourselves progressive, says I), the line-up is so damn good that you should go anyway. Seriously, there's something for everyone: you've got your seminal punk rock (Flipper), your folky art rock (Tiny Vipers, the Nextdoor Neighbors) and your hip hop (Active I, Jinu Park). See? Obama's always bringing people (and genres) together. Now, go out and party, but do not, under any circumstances, forget to register to vote if you haven't already!

Polvo, Trans Am

Neumos, 8 p.m., $15

Another pricey one, but so worth it, and I'll let Michael Alan Goldberg tell you why:

North Carolina foursome Polvo helped define and influence indie-rock (and subset math-rock) via their initial eight-year, four-LP run from 1990 to 1998. The band split amicably a decade ago, but re-formed earlier this year (with a new drummer) when Explosions in the Sky invited Polvo to play the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in England. The subsequent U.S. touring the quartet has done this summer has gone so well that they plan to record a new album in the fall. "I don’t think there was ever a sense of unfinished business," singer-guitarist Ash Bowie recently told me, "but it's great to get this chance to revisit some old songs we like and to write some new ones."

Grayskul, Mad Rad, Josh Martinez, Locke, DJ Zone

Nectar, 9 p.m., $10

Another fab local dance party, featuring local hip hop favorites Grayskul and the ghettotech masters of Mad Rad. A good place to blow off some steam.

Saturday and Sunday, coming right up after the jump!

Saturday:

Altspeak CD release with Palodine, Black Nite Crash, Barton Carroll

High Dive, 5 p.m., $7

I neglected Altspeak when I wrote about this show for our editors' picks box because I was so enamoured with Palodine's record, Garden of Deceit. It's one of the most impressive local albums I've heard so far this year. But Altspeak, whose CD release party this is, are a very respectable indie rock outfit in their own right and I should have made mention of them. Even though this is technically the CD release party for their new record, It's Up To You, it's been available as a free download for over two months now. It's a worthy addition to your iPod, and if you don't believe me, well, Erik Blood produced it, so you know they've got something special. I instantly liked them, myself, maybe because I think the vocalist sounds a little like Dan Bejar sometimes (Destroyer forever!).

Zulu Jam feat. Afrika Bambaataa, Silver Shadow D, Alpha-P, Specs One, Waves of the Mind, DJs Luvva-J, Tecumseh, WD4D

Nectar, 9 p.m., $10

Along with Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, hip hop owes its very existence to Afrika Bambaataa, one of the genre's pioneers and longest-running purveyors of hip hop and badass electrofunk. He's worked with iconic artists from Sting, to George Clinton, to James Brown, and was even nominated last year to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet, he's managed to remain relatively unknown to those who claim to know something about hip hop (especially those under 30).

Little Pieces, the Mommyheads, Dark Circles

Jewelbox/Rendezvous, 7 p.m., $10

Herman Jolly's new project, Little Pieces, does unadulterated pop with the same flair he brought to Sunset Valley. If you haven't seen Little Pieces live yet, here's a good opportunity to do it in an intimate environment.

Sunday

Ghost of Kyle Bradford, Dark Circles (again!), Ross Beamish

Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m., $6

Another Michael Alan Goldberg pick, I'll let him describe Kyle B. for you, since he can do it better than I can:

One of the newer local acts I've been following with keen interest in recent months is Ghost of Kyle Bradford, a.k.a. dude-with-acoustic-guitar Kyle Hawkins. It's the vocal delivery that does it for me: Hawkins possesses a rough, husky whisper that's neither pretty, nor grating, but is simply soulful and real, somewhere between world-weary and hopeful – think Paul Westerberg singing in a hushed voice at midnight to a sleeping baby, warning of life's troubles and disappointments but stressing the small joys to come, too.

The Dead Science (CD release), Past Lives, Talbot Tagora

Neumos, 8 p.m., $7

Here's what Erik Neumann has to say about The Dead Science:

Music writing, as a form, loves classifications: X band sounds like X other band, and thus belongs in X genre. However, in the eight years that they've been around, the Dead Science have refused to be put in a particular box – including Seattle's indie-rock shaped one. At one time or another they've performed lo-fi drone music, minimalist classical compositions, hip-hop covers and as a burning jazz trio, with compositions that range from smooth ballads to violently tangible rock songs. They've been a back-up rhythm section, theater composers and supporting musicians, but have approached all with the same creative disregard for boundaries and a willingness to take risks. It is with this same disregard that they release their new album, Villianaire, which promises to be an realization of the band's past work in an epic cannibalization of styles, sounds, and genres.

Sunday:

Alela Diane, Barton Carroll, Laura Gibson

Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $10

If you want a lovely evening of quiet, poignant folk music to round out your evening, this is the best place to be Sunday night, no question.

 
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