Swimming in mud
The late, great Muddy Waters, one of the most influential bluesmen of the past century, would have turned 95 this year. From the Rolling Stones and Johnny Winter to G. Love and Cage the Elephant, scores of musicians have taken a page from the work of the guitarist/vocalist, and a group of Portland musicians plans to show his ghost some love by playing a 'Tribute to Muddy Waters.' The blues-lover's dream show features the following artists playing Waters' songs in acoustic and electric sets: Franck 'Paris Slim' Goldwasser, guitar and vocals; Jim Wallace, harmonica and vocals; Alan Hager, guitar and vocals; Bill Rhoades, harmonica and vocals; Albert Reda, bass and vocals; and Eddie Clark on drums.
Tribute to Muddy Waters, 9 p.m., Saturday, April 17, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $8. Info: 503-234-BEER, www.duffsgarage.com.
God save the spleen
The April 8 death of British impresario Malcolm McLaren highlighted again the impact of the most famous band he managed, The Sex Pistols. But its infamous lead singer, Johnny Rotten/John Lydon, has actually had a much longer and musically adventurous career with his post-Pistols band Public Image Ltd., or PiL,which arguably had a bigger impact than the Pistols on such groups as U2, Gang of Four and other post-punk disciples of the non-bended guitar note perfected by PiL's Keith Levene. Lydon reformed PiL last year, sans Levene and original bassist Jah Wobble, but including mid-'80s members guitarist Lu Edmonds and drummer Bruce Smith, as well as Scott Firth, the keyboardist's keyboardist who's worked with Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood ... you get the drill.
PiL, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $35. All ages. Info: www.mcmenamins.com.
Three for free
In these troubled economic times, music lovers should never pass up a chance to hear some free tunes. Well, folks, you can hear three, count 'em, three Portland indie rock bands for zero dollars at the door at the White Eagle's 'Unfiltered' Indie Rock Showcase, which takes place the third Wednesday of each month. On stage this month will be progressive Southern rockers Wizard Attack, psychedelic garage rockers The Bellys and bluesy, garagey Ruby Feathers.
Wizard Attack, The Bellys, Ruby Feathers, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, White Eagle, 836 N. Russell St. Free. Info: 503-282-6810, www.mcmenamins.com.
They wanna be sedated
San Antonio's all-female trio Girl In A Coma clearly went to the Velvet Underground school of proto-punk, and their music contains elements of the Velvet's many grandchildren, including The Pixies and Nirvana. However, these ladies also add a certain manic melodic, even downright danceable energy all their own. The Coma girls will share the stage with legendary British indie rockers The Wedding Present, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album 'Bizzaro,' which yielded 'Kennedy,' their first Top 40 hit in the U.K. If you like them ringing post-punk rhythm guitar attacks, you'll dig 'em, trust us.
The Wedding Present, Girl In A Coma, 9 p.m. Thursday, April 22, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $15. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.
In 1916, Irish patriots rose up against English rule on Easter Monday, a revolution that eventually led to the establishment of the Irish Republic years later.Portland's Irish-Americana folk rockers The Fenbi International Superstars will be marking the 94th anniversary of the Easter Rising with a rousing night of song.
The Fenbi International Superstars' Easter Rising commemoration, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 23. Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St. $5. Info: 503-226-0430, www.ashstreetsaloon.com.