Wild in the country
Do you like country music? Avoid that convoluted, qualified answer about liking old country but not new country and shuffle 'em off to Mississippi Studios to catch The Wilders instead. This Kansas City quartet of fiddles, dobros, mandolins and slap bass throws in enough rollicking edge to get even the most jaded indie/mope rocker's Doc Martens a-tappin'.
The Wilders and Danny Barnes, 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12 advance and day of show. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.
Gimme a B!
When Bingo, aka Kevin Richey, wanders from his Joshua Tree, Calif., abode back to Portland's Laurelthirst Pub, good things happen when the sun goes down. After gracing the local '90s scene with the band Golden Delicious, the guitarist/songwriter followed his own gypsified path that sometimes still crosses with P-town journeymen Lewi Longmire, Paul Brainard and other slightly skewed twangsters. Get your psychedelic folk-rockin' groove pants on while you can for The Bingo Band along with Portland's perennially soothsaying Freak Mountain Ramblers.
The Bingo Band, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Laurelthirst Pub, 2958 N.E. Glisan St. Free. Freak Mountain Rambers, 9:30 p.m. $6. Info: 503-232-1504, www.myspace.com/laurelthirstpublichouse.
Rhythm's inherent to Big Easy-based funk 'n' hip-hop quintet Galactic, but sending a spankin' new CD out immediately after the Saints' Super Bowl smackdown proves the N'awlins' combo's got a thang for good timin.' A celebration of the 'bounce' style that helped birth today's hip-hop, 'YA-KA-MAY' is likely the band's most ambitious recording project yet. Crescent City R and B legends Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas are among a mini-battalion of vocalists and guests artists passing soulful torches to the Galactic-al universe.
Galactic, ALO, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. at Burnside Street, $22, all ages admitted. Info: 503-221-0228, www.roselandpdx.com.
Kids are all right
With a name like Asylum Street Spankers - and musicians called 'Wammo' - it's a fair bet that becoming 'adult' artists was never this Austin sextet's top priority. With its 2007 album, 'Mommy Says No,' the jazzy-ragtime-jugband ensemble gloriously regressed with a dozen children's songs done up in the Spanker-ish style that should appeal to all ages - at least those able to access their inner goofball. The band's latest, 'God's Favorite Band,' finds them back to their, um, grown-up selves.
Asylum Street Spankers, 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, doors open at 7. Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $18 advance, $20 at door, minors can attend if accompanied with parent. Info: www.aladdin-theater.com, 503-234-9694.
There's been plenty of water under the alt-rock bridge since surfer-boy-with-the-golden throat Evan Dando fronted power-pop sensations the Lemonheads in their mid-'90s glory moment. But the post-grunge, post-rock hangover of the aughts has been good to the Boston tunesmith, who alternates these days between a fresh set of Lemonheads and solo gigs. The former arrangement yielded last year's delightfully eclectic 'Varshons' album, which served up sweetly sung covers of Dando's heroes from hardcore overlord G.G. Allin to cosmic-Americana icon Gram Parsons.
Evan Dando, Headlights, Milo Jones, 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $13 advance. Info: www.dougfirlounge.com, 503-231-9663.