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by: COURTESY OF Todd Fox, The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s stripped-down songs on their album The Whole Fam Damnily are meant to be performed live. The band’s raucous shows have become the stuff of legend. They will smoke the stage at Dante’s on Jan. 16.

Jan. 15, 16, 23, 30

Grass menagerie

Nothing haunts you quite like an unpaid student loan, especially when you have a phone and your loan officer knows this. Therefore, it's a bit disconcerting to hear a band named The Student Loan, given how completely opposite they make you feel as you do when avoiding said officer. This quartet's refreshing yield of bluegrass, or, in their case, new grass, includes blades of rock, punk, progressive pop and other influences. Give the hard-driving Student Loan a listen, and you just might be willing to finally make a payment - for their CD, that is.

The Student Loan, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, Mock Crest Tavern, 3435 N. Lombard St.; 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, The White Eagle Saloon, 836 N. Russell St. All shows free. Info: Mock Crest at 503-283-5014, White Eagle at 503-282-6810, www.thestudentloanmusic.com.

Jan. 16

Disco and listen

Disco ruled until disco sucked, but disco in 2010 is what it should have been all along - a respectable, musically interesting genre that neither rules nor sucks and continues to influence pop dance music (as well as rock, dude) to this day. Along with its cooler older cousin, funk, disco played by a live band is pretty much irresistible to anyone with even a smidgen of rhythm in his or her soul. Int'l Male knows this and wants you to know this, or actually, feel this as well. The popular original funk-disco-lounge act joins local Cuban hip-movers Caña Son, who play son music, the forbearer of salsa, at Jimmy Mak's. The much-acclaimed group features the classic son lineup of acoustic guitar, tres guitar, upright bass, trumpet and Cuban percussion.

Int'l Male, Caña Son, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $10. Info: 503-295-6542, www.myspace.com/internationalmalefunkypo, www.myspace.com/canason.

Damn y'all

Watching The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band is like watching a heated argument between slightly tipsy spouses at a barbecue unfold - you're not sure how it's going to end, but you ain't leaving till you see if they wind up huggin' or sluggin'! The blues-hungry Reverend sweats like a prizefighter in the last round as he pounds away on the guitar and sings while Washboard Breezy Peyton scrapes the washboard like she's Lady Macbeth outing that damn spot. Meanwhile, Aaron 'Cuz' Persinger bangs on the drums like a child throwing a tantrum by messing up the kitchen. It's absolutely riveting, and the Reverend will have saved your soul AND your body by the time he's done preachin'.

The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Cicada Omega, DRC 3, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan 16, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Info: 503-226-6630, myspace.com/dantesportland, www.bigdamnband.com.

Jan. 20, 27

Texas panhandlers

The Northwesternaires play Texas-style dance music, combining their own rug-cutting originals with selections from such Lone Star stalwarts as Bob Wills and Ray Price. The band showcases vocalist/guitarist Chris Miller, and includes Kevin Healy on fiddle and Pat Goodbla on bass and vocals, as well as guitarist/vocalist/emcee Ian Miller and steel guitarist Russ Blake. Dangerous Don Lawry keeps the West wild on the drums.

The Northwesternaires, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $2. Info: 503-234-BEER, www.duffsgarage.com.