Puerto Plata with Edilio Paredes at Meany Hall, 8 p.m., $33, all ages

One of the best things about the whole Buena Vista Social Club


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Puerto Plata with Edilio Paredes at Meany Hall, 8 p.m., $33, all ages

One of the best things about the whole Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon is it has provided a template for world-music impresarios to pluck masterful, aging players out of regional obscurity and successfully bring them to a huge and affluent audience. And they can do it, too, without watering the sound down into Westernized, electronicized pap. Indeed the "authenticity" of these players--their retro aesthetic, their decades of insulation from the corrupting influence of the more developed world--is a big part of how they're marketed. Sometimes I get a little cynical about the formula. But not when it helps promote brilliant players like Jose Manuel Cobles (stage name: Puerto Plata) and Edilio Paredes, two giants of Dominican guitar. Cobles also sings, beautifully. Their sextet, with electric bass and three percussionists, captures a hundred different Latin influences, with music that's danceable, wistful, lascivious, and virtuosic at once. They've been getting new exposure through the efforts of Benjamin De Menil, a Putumayo veteran with a Harvard MBA. MARK FEFER

Hoquiam, Husbands Love Your Wives at Full Tilt Ice Cream, 8 p.m., all ages, free

Before heading out on his lengthy spring tour, Damien Jurado is sneaking in one last hometown show with his side-project-of-brotherly-love Hoquiam. Together with his lanky younger brother Drake, Damien uses Hoquiam to create songs inspired by his and Drake's coastal Washington upbringing. Like Mark Lanegan, Damien has a voice that is reflective of our vast, gloomy Northwest corner--his natural vocals sound like they are being echoed back the hollow-body of an acoustic guitar. This haunting tone is fitting for the Hoquiam numbers, which tend to be darker and more impressionistic, thanks in no small part to Drake's gray, minimal washes of keyboard (not to mention the fact that he spends his time on stage unsmiling and hiding creepily behind sunglasses). Having recently signed to Secretly Canadian, this intimate all-ages show will make for a nice see-them-before-everyone-else-does experience. And speaking of best-kept secrets, this show is also a perfect opportunity to show your support for up-and-coming community White Center, where cool shit (like a punk rock ice cream and beer parlor hosting shows such as this one) is becoming more common. Sure, "gritty" is still the adjective locals use to describe it. But remember, they said the same thing about Ballard, so hurry down before all the assholes catch on. BRIAN BARR


Speedy the Artist, Cool Nutz, Neema, George Zelaya, Spaceman, DJ Money D, host Billy the Fridge at Nectar, 8 p.m., $7

Portland MC Cool Nutz, aka Terrance Scott, is one of the Northwest's best, a rock of the PDX hip hop scene who's been putting out music through his and partner Bosco Kante's label, Jus Family Records, since 1992; in 1995, he co-founded and organized the POH-Hop Festival, the first local hip hop festival of its size in Portland. If the Portland hip hop scene is bigger and better than it was fifteen years ago, Cool Nutz is one of the people the city should thank for it. But Cool Nutz is also thankful--after eight albums, he's still making a living off the art on his own. Which is why he named his latest release The Miracle (it dropped January 20). The album shows off the same skills that got Cool Nutz to where he's at: impeccable, diverse production, lots of soulful singing, clever, playful rhymes and a laid-back flow. And if what he says on his track "Wake Up" is true--that the Northwest's about to blow up--you know Cool Nutz will be front and center representing the region. Rise and shine, motherfuckers! SB

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