Nov. 29

No shirts, no sweat

The Rose City Thorns (formerly The Villains) is a trio as shirtless and sweaty as its rock ‘n’ roll, which would please fans of early ‘70s boogie, ‘60s garage ‘n’ soul and well, basically any music that goes with beer. Made up of three Idaho transplants, the Thorns are Brad Parsons on drums, Keith Simon on bass, and Jay Cobb Anderson on guitar and vocals. This is a band that likes its catchy riffs and git-down beats that make you dance. They will be joined by The Hilldogs, an original folk rock group from Newberg comprised of Taylor Kingman on lead vocals and guitar, Kayla Stroik on viola and vocals, Kody Mikkelson on bass and vocals, Ricky Rohr on drums and vocals, and Lucas Benoit on guitar and vocals. These harmony-happy young’uns seem to be inspired by such indie roots artists as Avett Brothers, and also display an affinity for old-timey music that should serve them well if they choose to stick with the game, which they should.

The Rose City Thorns, The Hilldogs, 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 S.E. Stark St. $7. Info: 503-239-9292,

Nov. 30

Sutton’s going on

by: COURTESY OF SUTTON SORENSEN - Singer-songwriter Sutton Sorensen puts a new twist on U2, Blind Faith and The Beatles in her new album, 'Long Long Time.' She'll play Jimmy Mak's on Nov. 30.
Portland singer-songwriter Sutton Sorensen starts off her 10-song debut album “Long Long Time,” by taking a decidedly understated approach to U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” She also performs rather nice lounge-friendly versions of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” as well as the Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere.” Sutton, who boasts a pure, alto-soprano voice, generally jams with guitarist Tim Ellis, and the duo also perform in a variety of ensembles consisting of the musicians heard on the new album: percussionist Carl Smith, bassist Jamin Swenson and pianists Troy Welstad and Jean-Pierre Garau. Pianist-pop-singer Kit Taylor shares the stage, along with Michele Van Kleef, who also released an acoustic-rock album earlier this year titled “After All.” A classy night, indeed.

Sutton Sorensen, Michele Van Kleef, Kit Taylor, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $12. 21 and older after 9:30 p.m. Info: 503-295-6542,

Stern hooks

Portland’s Eric Stern has played a formative role in the steampunk movement, appeared in more than 30 operas, promotes Yiddish, and has composed for Vagabond Opera, Sepiatonic, Hungry Opera Machine and his own trio. A lover of klezmer, classical and Middle Eastern music, he’s also written the music for the Tears Of Joy Puppet Theatre production of “Pinocchio” and most recently composed the opera “Queen of Knives.” Sure, that’s all well and good, you say, but when does this accordionist plan to stop diddling around and release a solo album? This week, Stern answers, celebrating “Stern Little Stories,” which is a delightful and satisfying a record as you would expect. Standout cuts include the intricate “Golem in the Accordion Factory” and “Ruby,” which displays Stern’s warm yet edgy humor. He’s clearly from another place and time, at least a century ago, which is precisely why he’s one of the best things our contemporary music scene boasts.

Eric Stern, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Free with purchase of $15 CD. All ages. Info:

Dec. 5

King of the blues

Ten years ago, Chris Thomas King made his screen debut as a devil-haunted guitar-playing bluesman in “O, Brother Where Art Thou?” However, blues fiends know this cat has been jammin’ the blues since the mid-1980s, when he held court at Tabby’s Blues Box, the famous blues emporium in Baton Rouge owned by his dad. King, who also appeared in Martin Scorcese’s PBS “The Blues,” has fused the blues with hip-hop, rap, funk and soul, and is one of the finest ambassadors of traditional blues around.

Chris Thomas King, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Parent or guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-719-6055,

‘Round Town

Psychedelia, rock, southern blues, Blue Iris likes it all and will jam with alternative garage-rockers The Hugs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, in Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th St. Info: 971-229-1455,

L.A.’s glam-rock indie popsters Saint Motel will play Backspace, 115 N.W. Fifth Ave., at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. $8. All ages. Info: 503-248-2900,

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