If music could be dessert, The One AM Radio might taste like orange or lime sherbet, all tangy and fresh. Led by Los Angeles composer Hrishikesh Hirway, The One AM Radio's danceable songs swirl, spin, weeble and wobble, and appeal to fans of electronica, chamber music, ambient sounds and all things dreamy. The One AM Radio is on tour with fellow electronic music masters James Scott 'Jimmy' Tamborello, aka Dntel, and Will Wiesenfeld's Geotic. This is a great show if you feel like returning to the womb or washing away out with the next tide.
The One AM Radio, Dntel, Geotic, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.
Blood, sweat 'n' beers
If you like yer homegrown rock 'n' roll served with no-chaser, check out this trio of Portland bands. Pitchfork Motorway's tongue-in-pierced-cheek vocals sparking amidst blasts of garage-rock-meets-synth-pop dynamite comes off like a deranged gang of seedy theater patrons held captive by Taser-wielding zombies. Meanwhile, Muddy River Nightmare Band never met a super-thrashy, yet mindful, riff they didn't like and boast some of the greatest songs titles ever, including 'Beer for Breakfast.' Finally, The Food will make you hungry for Johnny Ramone guitar cake topped with a Chuck Berry.
Pitchfork Motorway, Muddy River Nightmare Band, The Food, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $5.Info: 503-223-0099, www.slabtownbar.net.
Lucky number 13
To close out the PDX Bridge Festival, this show will feature 13 bands in the Crystal Ballroom as well as downstairs in Lola's Room. Acts on tap upstairs include the electro-acoustic Dropa, rockers Water and Bodies, twisted carnival folks the Wanderlust Circus, folk-popsters The Dimes, yee-haw indie rockers Tango Alpha Tango, electro-hip hoppers Serious Business and dance party master, Copy. In Lola's, you can check out a CD release party by Americana band The Hague, electronic melodic popsters Mnemonic Sounds and a host of other acts.
PDX Bridge Festival Finale, 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $10, 21 and older. Info: 503-225-0047, www.mcmenamins.com.
Combining jangle rock, New Wave and pop, Marshall Crenshaw created some of the most gorgeous songs of the past half-century, from 'Someday, Someway' and 'Marianne' to the more recent 'Eventually.' In a world beset by woe, he's the perfect singer-songwriter to cure those summertime blues.
Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Parent must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.
It's become a tradition for the Vans Warped Tour to hold its last show in Hillsboro, and this year is no exception. The tour features a couple dozen old and new punk, hardcore, hip-hop, pop, alt-country, ska, reggae and metalcore acts, as well as some of America's finest skateboarders.
The festival is one long series of moving crowds, the members of which jockey for the closest position to a stage where, if they're lucky, the sweat of musicians TOTALLY RAWKIN' rains down on them. It's great fun and, most importantly, if you're a parent shepherding a minor, there's beer.
This year's lineup includes: Ska-punk kings Less Than Jake, who've developed into one of the country's better bands; 'We're not afraid to punk-pop-rock for Christ with secular bands' Relient K; hardcore melodramatics Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, or D.R.U.G.S. (who, one would guess, are either now tour friends with Relient K or their mortal enemies); the lost children of Gene Simmons Black Veil Brides; and radio friendly emo-influenced rockers Go Radio. Other acts include 3OH3!, Gym Class Heroes, The Devil Wears Prada, Against Me!, The Expendables, Sum 41, We Came As Romans, MC Lars and The Wonder Years.
Vans Warped Tour, noon Sunday, Aug. 14, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 N.E. 34th Ave, Hillsboro. Doors open at 11 a.m. $31.50, all ages. Info: 503-221-0288, www.warpedtour.com.