Friday, Nov. 29
Rudolph: On Stage
[THEATER] With riotously clever film-to-stage adaptations of Road House and The Lost Boys already under its belt, Bad Reputation Productions has a track record that belies its name. This live-action version of the 1964 stop-motion animation classic should be an ideal antidote to all the eggnog-drenched schlock being dispensed elsewhere. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., badreputationprods.com. 7:30 pm. $20-$24.
[MUSIC] Chan Marshallâs latest record, Sun, is not just another feather in her well-decorated cap but a career triumph, echoing her chilling powers as a singer-songwriter. Here, she plays by herself, in a venue much more intimate than those she graces with a full band. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $30 advance, $35 day of show. 21kknd.
[MUSIC] âDude, thatâs the best âYellow Ledbetterâ Iâve heard since Saskatoon â02!â Moda Center, 1401 N Wheeler Ave., 235-8771. 7:30 pm. $69.50. All ages.
Typhoon, Wild Ones, Lake
[ORCHESTRAL POP] Trying to write about a band as layered and versatile as Typhoon means confronting a series of contradictions. How can double drums be so heavyhitting one moment then gentle and restrained the next? How are horn arrangements so pulsing and booming so easily sent swirling off into the background? Most importantly, how do all of those things actually work in a single song? Typhoonâs most recent full-length album, White Lighter, skillfully answers each of those questions just as soon as theyâre asked. Itâs a study in how intricate layers of strings, horns, guitar, bass, piano and probably at least a dozen other things, when carefully arranged, can make for a very fun indie-pop album. KAITIE TODD. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.
The Dickies, Mean Jeans, the Decliners, Ruff Hausen
[POWER POP PUNK] Opening their Satyricon set 17 years ago with the pointed jeer, âIn case you havenât noticed, weâre really fucking old,â the Dickies exhibit a sheer endurance that beggars reason. Novelty covers and penis puppets are rarely pillars of longevity, after all. But with so many of their class of â77 cohorts consigned to cautionary tales or miscast as elder statesmen, the venerable Los Angeles troupe has aged better than anyone couldâve dreamed. They always had a musicianship above and beyond their peersâsnottily sped-up classic rock demands suchâand, embracing caricature from the outset, had no relevance or cachet to lose. Maybe they never quite fit in with the teenagerebellion crowd, but middle-aged tastes and infantile humor are evidently forever. JAY HORTON. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238- 0543. 9:30 pm. $22 advance, $27 day of show. 21kknd.
Saturday, Nov. 30Bikecraft
[SHOPPING] Your favorite fixie rider or beloved bike commuter doesnât need any more tattoo-parlor gift certificates or padded spandex. This year, buy them something they really need: chain-ring earrings, fenders made from recycled skateboards, or a leather can-holder for their handlebars. Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave., 922-2012. 11 am-6 pm.
[MUSIC] You might think youâre over the â90s revival, but just try resisting the fuzzed-out bliss of Katie Crutchfield. If youâre too young to have fond memories of taping Belly and Throwing Muses singles off the radio, consider this an effective primer. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 7:30 pm. $12. All ages.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
[WINE] The weekend after Thanksgiving, pretty much every winery in the Willamette ValleyâA Blooming Hill through ZâIvoâopens its doors to visitors. For many, itâs the only time of the year. Tasting fees vary and, whatever you do, make a careful map before you get lost on the dirt roads and vine-covered hillsides of Newberg. Continues through Sunday, Dec. 1. willamettewines.com.
[MUSIC] Both of Soft Metalsâ full-length albumsâ2011âs self-titled debut and this yearâs Lenses, released on tastemaker Brooklyn label Captured Tracksâfeature two pairs of lips a split-second away from a make-out session. âI donât know if people are expecting sex jams or something to play on your first date in a row boat,â singer Patrica Hall says. Expecting nothing more than that would be a mistake. Lenses ranges from the shimmering, acid-tinged title track to âInterobserver,â an instrumental spaceship ride through the krautrock galaxy. Soft Metals play Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., with Nathan Detroit and Natural Magic DJs, on Saturday, Nov. 30. 10 pm. $6. 21kknd.
[MATH ROCK SUPERSTARS] If an outsider didnât learn about Portland music via the Decemberists, it was probably through Menomena. These giants of avant-pop (literally: giantsâtheyâre built like stiltwalkers) make cut-up art-rock that never seems to go where it think you will. The bandâs debut record, 2004âs I Am the Fun Blame Monster, ushered Portland into the modern indie era. The group has changed a bit in recent years, most notably losing founding member Brent Knopf in 2010, but its last record, 2012âs Moms, proves Menomena remains a puzzle worth figuring out. MATTHEW SINGER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284- 8686. 8 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.
Sunday, Dec. 1
[TEEN-MADE PUNK] With indie rock and EDM now the dominant sounds of millennial youth culture, Radkey recalls a time, not long ago, when being a teenager meant diving into the pit and screaming along to whoa-oh-oh choruses. Who needs St. Joseph when youâve tapped into the shared adolescence of the entire country? Weaned on their fatherâs Misfits recordsâDeeâs demon bellow is a dead ringer for Danzigâsâthe brothers got together in their shared bedroom three years ago and began writing speedy songs inspired by anime, comic books and the occasional real-world concern (see the raging semantics lesson ââN.I.G.G.A.â Is Not OKâ). Of course, the difference between Radkey and, say, your high-school punk band, is that Radkey is really, really good. Wonder Ballroom, 128 N Russell St., with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. 7:30 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.
[PUNK ROYALTY] After birthing Portland punk with the Rats, defining it with Dead Moon and then refining it with Pierced Arrows, no one wouldâve begrudged Fred and Toody Cole if they retired to a little house in the country once they hit 60. But then, a little house in the countryâotherwise known as Clackamasâis where they started, and itâs where theyâve stayed, so whatâs the point of retirement? This acoustic show, a precursor to the long-anticipated Dead Moon reunion in January, is certainly a rarity, but if anyone deserves the Storytellers format, itâs the royal grandparents of the PDX underground. MATTHEW SINGER. LaurelThirst, 2958 NE Glisan St., 232-1504. 9 pm. Free. 21kknd.
A-WOL, Circus Project, Polaris
[DANCE] [A trifecta of Portland dance companies join forces to raise money through Willamette Weekâs Give!Guide. Aerialist company A-WOL Dance Collective, circus act the Circus Project and contemporary dance troupe Polaris Dance Theatre perform in Thankful: A High-Flying Holiday Benefit. Drinks and hors dâoeuvres will be served at no extra charge. Arciform Warehouse, 2303 N Randolph. 6 pm Sunday, Dec. 1. $15.