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by: ©2007 Piper Ferguson, An analog lover and all-round nice guy, San Francisco’s John Vanderslice visits the Doug Fir tonight.

EXPERIMENTAL

Bassnectar

San Francisco always has had a reputation as the vanguard for interesting and revolutionary ideas and music. Bassnectar carries that torch.

The brainchild of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is an irresistible concoction of low-end grooves, hip-hop elements and free-flowing creativity that manifests in refreshing and exciting ways.

Fans of electronica, hip-hop and the jam scene have all been caught up in the compelling and unique experience.

The new album, 'Underground Communication,' isn't out until April 24 but will be available at the show.

9 p.m. FRIDAY, April 6, the Left Bank, 1618 N. Vancouver Ave., 503-235-8946, $20, all ages

SONGWRITER

John Vanderslice

'Pixel Revolt,' the latest album from lovable San Francisco alt-pop icon John Vanderslice, is a slice of quirky yet listenable tunes that manage to sound oddly familiar and unique at the same time.

The affable Vanderslice continues to hone his craft as well as his live performances, with a collection of backing musicians that constantly morphs and never disappoints.

He's a favorite among fellow musicians like the Mountain Goats - for his music as well as his all-analog recording studio, Tiny Telephone, and his reputation as one of the nicest men in rock.

9 p.m. FRIDAY, April 6, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $12

ROCK

Titans of Oblivion

If you love heavy rock, get yourself down to Berbati's tonight for Titans of Oblivion.

This local four-piece will give you flashbacks to the golden era of rock 'n' roll - big, epic riffs and monstrous, stomping grooves that'll have you banging your head and raising your fists in ecstatic glory.

The band has earned comparisons to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, the Who and Blue Cheer. Get the picture?

9 p.m. FRIDAY, April 6, Berbati's Pan, 10 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-2122, $5

INDIE ROCK

Shaky Hands

Portland seems to be teeming with teetering-on-the-verge-of-something-big talent, and the Shaky Hands are rumored to be the city's next rising stars.

There's an offhanded casualness to their infectious indie rock that calls to mind Pavement and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Their self-titled debut album contains 13 summery indie hits - the kind of stuff that grabs your attention instantly in a likable and low-key way.

9 p.m. SATURDAY, April 7, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St., 503-239-7639, $5

ALTERNATIVE

The Frames

The Frames have persevered through lineup changes, label woes and years of struggle to emerge as one of Ireland's biggest - and best - rock bands.

With a new album out on the same label that's home to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, the band seems to have found its place as well as hit its stride.

'The Cost' is a sweeping, beautifully lyrical and emotional record - one that is sublimely easy to get lost in. Singer Glen Hansard is the rare vocalist who can convey feelings without seeming maudlin, and the band sets a perfect, equally dynamic mood.

Local stars Dolorean provide an excellent reason to arrive early and settle in.

8 p.m. Monday, April 9, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $15-$17, all ages

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