Nov. 9

Friends to fear

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Lead guitarist Reuben Valdez jams during a Betrayed by Weakness practice. The Portland group was voted the 16th best metal band in the 2011 Project Independent contest, drawing more than 12,000 votes, and now plans to release its first studio album.One of Portland’s hardest working metal bands, Betrayed by Weakness — Jimi Bench on vocals, Reuben Valdez on lead guitar, Jeremey Dixon on rhythm guitar, Adam Vonclausen on bass and Tim Huber on drums — is set to release its debut studio album “Your Killers Come With Smiles.” “Anyone that’s ever seen us in the past is in for a surprise,” Huber says. “Consider this the rebirth of Betrayed by Weakness. We’re more explosive, heavier and more melodic.” Voted the nation’s 16th-best metal band in the 2011 Project Independent contest, BTW drew more than 12,000 votes for its thunderous tempos, guttural vocals and classically influenced lightning guitar licks. This band will cleanse your soul of all the wretched infections you’ve suffered from our declining society, and will bruise the rib cage of conformity that encases your lethargic lungs!

Betrayed By Weakness, American Me, I Reckon, Fear the Slaughter, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St. $6. Info: 503-226-0430,

Secret Asian men

Speaking of hardworking bands, Portland’s premiere all-Asian dance rock band The Slants is set to release its third CD “The Yellow Album.” The Slants are coming off a challenging couple of years, including a fight with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that made headlines when a government attorney claimed the band’s name was disparaging to Asians. “We were pulled into an unexpected struggle,” says founder and bassist Simon Young. “It was like banging our head against the wall, trying to convince someone that we were not offensive to ourselves, that the community was in overwhelming support of our band.” Fortunately, the band has emerged all the stronger, putting out a solid rockin’ album that should appeal to fans of 1980s synth-flavored rock ala The Tubes, Duran Duran and other danceable bands.

The Slants, The Suicide Notes, Oh Darling, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave. $7. Info: 503-248-1030,

Nov. 13

If two became five

Vancouver, B.C.’s Japandroids combines sonic ideas culled from classic rock, punk, hardcore and various riots, uprisings and soccer crowds throughout history. Featuring Brian King on Bob-Mould-like guitar and vocals and David Prowse on drums and vocals, the band released one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll singles this year with “The House that Heaven Built,” and is poised to take itse place alongside such similarly minded predecessors as Local H among the great rock duos. This is the sound The Clash and The Alarm were searching for in the post-punk era, the sounds of a prisoner’s chains breaking, sunlight burning his eyes as he’s finally freed, emerging from months in solitary to breathe the air outdoors. Just stop reading this and go buy a ticket, will ya?!

Japandroids, Bleached, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $16. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686,

Nov. 14


This show promises to make all you New-Wave-is-old-is-Nu-Again techno rockers happy. Headliners The Faint will be playing their breakout album “Danse Macabre” in its entirety, along with newer material. Meanwhile, Toronto’s techno-goth duo Trust creates club-friendly danceable tunes that simply force you to dress up and buy silly drinks you think only socialists and French people enjoy. Finally, Seattle native and L.A. transplant Robert DeLong, a singer, songwriter, producer, programmer and drummer, is set to release his debut electronic dance album “Just Movement.” DeLong uses MIDI interfaces, a full drum set, drum pads, keyboards, laptops and game controllers, looping his music live to fuse electronic dance beats with melodies. OK, we’ll admit, we’re still trying to figure out how the can opener works, but we dig his “Global Concepts” camel-walking-through-the-desert-like single, which narrows life’s questions to the most essential — did DeLong make you (censored) dance?

The Faint, Trust, Robert DeLong, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $20. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499,

‘Round town

n Vermont’s psychedelic folk collective MV & EE will play Little Axe Records, 5012 N.E. 28th Ave., at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. $5. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Western N.Y.’s groovy, danceable roots rockers Donna the Buffalo play Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St, at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Info: 503-231-WOOD,

Chicago label Thrill Jockey is marking 20 years of releasing genre-bending records by inviting such acts as Barn Owl, Trans Am, Liturgy, Eternal Tapestry, Golden Retriever, Mike Scheidt and Jason Urick to play Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. $12. Info: 503-288-3895,

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