One of my many shitty bands is venturing North this weekend to play some shows in Portland and Seattle with our good friends Ruth, and a band who I had never heard of called Derby, who are from Portland and were kind enough to get us on a bill at the newly refurbished (and apparently super badass) Mississippi Studios. And even better, they don’t suck, not even a little bit. Their songs vasciallate between a Strokes-esque jangle and a dreamy pop sound a la fellow Portlandites The Shins, with decidely memorable melodic hooks throughout. I imagine that they probably have a shitload of fans in their hometown and beyond, which is badass because we definitely don’t. And even if they don’t, I’m still stoked just to kick it with them for a couple of days. Check out their shit on Myspace, or if you’re a Northwesterner, get your ass out to the goddamn shows this weekend and buy me some beers.