They need your help
If there's any reason to like Portland band The People's Meat, it's their invitation to the general public to chime in on their songwriting. 'We will not share the millions and millions we fully expect to make from your idea,' they warn on their website after listing their 'hit line' at 503-308-8637. Suspect they took your song idea and put it in one of their mega-selling demented oompa-rock numbers that sound like a drunken Transylvanian politician dancing the night away because his trial for corruption looms? Come and collect your royalties at this show.
The People's Meat, Subversive, Tummybuckles, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Info: 503-238-0543, www.dbmonkey.com/toniclounge.
John Craig is among the finest pop songwriters in our city, and he's releasing a new CD at a show with Tango Alpha Tango, Leaves Russell and Nicole Berke.
John Craig, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.
Portland pop rockers Above the Golden State would fit in quite nicely at a post-punk festival like Vans Warped, with their catchy hooks, sing-along choruses and classic-rock-meets-New-Wave harmonies. Their singles 'The Golden Rule' and the finely crafted 'I'll Love You So,' would appeal to fans of Weezer, among other pop rock groups. However, be forewarned, secular humanists, Golden State's members sing for Jesus, as do bluesy epic rockers Third Day and pop rock singer and former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler. These acts are among several to play Fish Fest 2011 which takes its name from radio station Fish 104.1 FM. Other acts include Sixteen Cities, Jaime Jamgochian, Ryan Stevenson, Braille and Lybecker.
Fish Fest 2011, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham. Advance tickets range from $20 to $104. Info: www.1041thefish.com.
Minneapolis indie rockers Tapes 'n' Tapes have been called the prime example of a band that got famous through the blogosphere. Such a rise used to be attributed to that thing old fogies called 'word of mouth.' Either way, it means the band, oft compared to the Pixies and Modest Mouse, have earned their indie rock street cred whilst trafficking in the world of punk, roots rock, jangle rock, blues, country and even Latin music to write catchy melodies and eclectic pop music that is slowly burrowing itself into our nation's collective unconscious.
Tapes 'n' Tapes, The Chain Gang of 1974, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $15. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.
Oh! To be a member of the storied Neville family! The New Orleans clan just keeps cranking out one great musical group after another. Formed in 2003 by Aaron Neville's son, Ivan, Dumpstaphunk features cousin Ian Neville (son of Art Neville) on guitar, Nick Daniels and Tony Hall on basses (that's right, two, baby!), and drummer Raymond Weber. Named 'New Orleans Best Funk Band' in 2007 by both Offbeat Magazine and Gambit Weekly. Members of the gritty Dumpstaphunk have recorded and performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones and Dave Mathews, to Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer.
Dumpstaphunk, 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Dante's, 350 W. Burnside St. $17 in advance. Info: 503-226-663, www.danteslive.com.