Devo has been popular since the '80s. | Portland has been popular since 2001.
Devo has punk-rock roots. | Portland has rootless street punks.
Devo's coolest offshoot is the Wipeouters. | Portland's coolest offshoot is Troutdale.
Devo's members wear reflective yellow jumpsuits. | Portlanders wear reflective yellow bicycle shorts.
Devo was big on MTV. | Portland is big on IFC.
Devo's fans are called Spuds. | Portland's fans are called Californians.
Devo recorded "Whip It." | Portland recorded "Louie Louie."
Devo became a cult sensation. | Portland is a cult.
Who wins this iconic battle of the weird? Nobody. Both Portland and Devo have been co-opted and reborn a handful of times, and neither of them is really as avant-garde as they think they are. At least Devo has made a spectacle out of giving in to popular demand on new full-length Something for Everybody. Almost everything about the disc, from the artwork to the final mixes of the album's tracks, was voted on via the Internet. So the end product—much like Portland—is a messy example of democracy in action. And it's all for you, you Spuds: So throw on that Red Energy Dome cap, get on down to the Crystal Ballroom and start sweet-talking those ticket scalpers.
MORE: Devo plays the Crystal Ballroom on Wednesday, March 16. 8 pm. SOLD OUT. All ages.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 16
[MOVIES] HOLLYWOOD THEATRE VS. CLINTON STREET THEATER TRAILER WAR
The Hollywood Theatre's Dan Halsted has a lot of 35 mm trailers. The Clinton Street Theater's Seth Sonstein has a lot of 35 mm trailers. Two men enter; two men show 30 minutes of previews. Fundamentally misguided suggestion: What if the winner took the loser's trailers? Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 493-1128. 7:30 pm. $7.
[MUSIC] MARNIE STERN
It's about time people stop talking about Marnie Stern as one of the best female guitar players and instead call her one of the best guitar players in the world, period. Can you name someone else who finger-taps like she does? Didn't think so. Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. 8 pm. $10 advance, $13 day of show. All ages.
THURSDAY MARCH 17
[MUSIC] SUPER XX MAN
Say it ain't so, Scott! If this really is Super XX Man's last Portland show before frontman Scott Garred moves to Australia, then let's pack the venue and raise a toast to one of this city's finest songwriters. Alberta Street Public House, 1036 NE Alberta St., 284-7665. 9:30 pm. Free. 21+.
[IRISH] CAL SCOTT AND KEVIN BURKE
It's hard to imagine a more appealing and authentic St. Paddy's Day show than this: Burke, one of the greatest Irish fiddlers alive, and Oregon Trail Band guitarist Scott, plus a dozen close friends. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 7:30 pm. $25-$35.
FRIDAY MARCH 18
[MOVIES] DOGHOUSE/DAY OF THE DEAD DOUBLE FEATURE
Beer and Movie presents a new British zombie film (with all-lady undead), paired with George A. Romero's 1985 zombie film. Because you can never have too many zombies. St. Johns Twin Cinema & Pub, 8704 N Lombard St., 286-1768. 10 pm Friday-Saturday, March 18-19. $6.
[COMEDY] JOHN MULANEY
A writer for SNL, Mulaney is also an exceptionally entertaining performer, especially when describing the time he was mistaken for a rapist. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday. $10-$20. 21+.
SATURDAY MARCH 19
Breakfast tacos, breakfast schmacos. Field Hymns is throwing an evening party that will satisfy anyone who missed the bus to SXSW. Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 284-4828. 6 pm. $5. All ages.