Quasi, which recently signed to the now-based-in-Portland Kill Rock Stars label, have announced their new album. It’s called "American Gong" and will be released early next year. Oh, and did you hear that the crew will be playing a New Years gig at the Doug Fir where they’ll be performing nothing but Who covers? If Keith Moon were reincarnated as a drum smashing, badass chick, her name would be Janet Weiss.

Spoon has moved up the release date on their new album, "Transference," by a couple of weeks. The record will now hit on January 19. If you can’t wait that long, I’m sure they’ll be playing some new tunes when they stylishly rock the Crystal Ballroom on December 11.

Oh, and if you get sick of football, turkey, and meandering conversations with your cousins once-removed, you should know that you have an escape button this weekend. Local noise-pop heroes, Helio Sequence, are playing the Crystal on Saturday…their first Portland headlining show in a year.