He's best known as one of the Grateful Dead's drummers, but Mickey Hart long ago transcended what he did with the world's most famous jam band. He's not only one of the world's greatest percussionists, he's also a leading author on drumming and has played a key role in preserving and promoting indigenous music from around the world. His new band features vocalists Crystal Monee Hall and Tim Hockenberry, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Ian 'Inx' Herman,guitarist Gawain Matthews, percussionist Sikuru Adepoju and keyboardist Ben Yonas.
Mickey Hart Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Aladdin Theatre, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $25. 21 and older, parent must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.
Spaceship designated driver
There's been some controversy lately about what boundaries will be set around Apollo moon landing sites should space tourism ever take us there. What people don't realize is Jason Urick has already taken several small steps for man in and around the Sea of Tranquility and brought back recordings of outer and inner space. Manipulating sounds on his laptop, Urick is best known for his work with WZT Hearts, a Baltimore electronic psychedelic rock outfit. On his own, he creates an imagistic journey of sound, the trick being it's up to you to figure out where he's going.
Jason Urick, Dan Deacon, Purple and Green!, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. All ages. Info: 503-234-5683, www.rotture.com.
Dec. 3, 9
Vancouver folk rockers Lincoln's Beard are set to release their self-titled third album. The Americana band features Kris Chrisopulos on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Dwayne Spence on bass and banjo, and Tyler Morgan on keys, trumpet and mandolin, Eddie Esparza on percussion and Aram Arslanian on lead guitar and lap steel. Lawd help us, but Chrisopulos sounds like Bruce Springsteen after a pack of Camels.
Lincoln's Beard, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. Info: 503-231-8926, www.lincolnsbeard.com. 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St.Info: 503-493-3600, www.secretsociety.net.
Umlaut of energy
Apparently Finland has fallen in love with Portland because yet another Finnish outfit is storming our city. Korpiklaani boils death metal, polka, classical and Finnish folk ingredients in a wonderful growling stew that sounds like Frank Zappa, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Disturbed and 'Weird' Al Yankovic all at once. It's music for NASCAR fans, Russian mobsters, cubist painters and Wall Street occupiers.
Korpiklaani, Arkona, Polkadot Cadaver, Forged In Flame, Dusks Embrace, Beyond the Red Horizon, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheatre.com.
Missouri loves company
Two great bands from Springfield, Mo., are coming our way on St. Nicholas Day - roots rockers Ha Ha Tonka and indie popsters Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. The Tonka boys employ tight vocal harmonies layered on top of punkish roots rock that owes more than a little bit to the energy of bluegrass music. Meanwhile, SSLYBY (yes, they've played in Russia, folks) has been produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, among others, and owes as much to Britpop as to anything that ever came out of the good ole U.S.A. Portland indie popsters Tiger House share the bill.
Ha Ha Tonka, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Tiger House, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Mississippi Studios, 3939 Mississippi St. $10. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com
It's your duty
Metalheads, it's time to vote in the Project Independent contest. Voting begins Thursday, Dec. 1, at www.projectindependent.net. Portland's Betrayed by Weakness is a leading contender, and can win gear and other stuff if you want to help them. You can catch them at the Spineshank reunion show.
Spineshank, Interim Divine, Amerikan Overdose, Ditch Digger, Betrayed By Weakness, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $15 in advance, $18 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100.