Ska, punk and beyond
Having difficulty getting up this morning? Throw some Chase Long Beach on your Victrola or iPod, and you'll be jolted into tomorrow as this boy-girl ska-punk-progressive band makes you move your head faster than a felon fleeing a census worker. The energetic Californians will share the stage with four Portland acts, including ska-thrashy-new-wavey Denego Rex, echoey post-punksters Delayed Relay, ska-lovers The Brickers and aurally experimental rainforest intellectuals Sitting Sideways.
Chase Long Beach, Denego Rex, The Brickers, Delayed Relay, Sitting Sideways, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, Satyricon, 125 N.W. Sixth Ave. $8. All ages. Info: 503-227-0999, www.myspace.com/satyriconpdx.
British musician/producer /deejay Simon Green, better known as Bonobo, opted to tour with a live band a few years back, and throws everything from dub and funk to jazz and soul into his intoxicating stew. Bonobo will be appealing to the sophisticated set along with YPPAH, featuring Joe Corrales, another post-rock, atmospheric deejay who decided to get a live band after realizing that's what created the record industry in the first place, and Portland-born Anomie Bell (Toby Campbell), a film composer, sultry singer and classically trained musician.
Bonobo Live Band, YPPAH, Anomie Bell, Wonder Ballroom, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $18 advance, $22 day of show. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com.
Shocking, yet true
She identifies herself as sort of a feminist white trash sophisticate - her words, not ours - but even if your idea of folk rock/country/Americana leans more to the right than the left, Michelle Shocked does it better than most. One of our nation's most underappreciated singers, she's a female Woody Guthrie of sorts, but if he was alive, he'd probably consider himself a male Shocked, so close in spirit are the two in heart, song and take-the-side-of-the-underdog sensibility.
Michelle Shocked, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $25. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.
Four on the floor
For a mere four buckaroos, music fans of all ages can check out Seattle's melodic soft-rockers Graystar, Salem's melodramatic folk rockers Ronan Baker and the Minute Hand Ballet, and two Portland acts, indie psychedelic, bluesy rock duo Goldenbloom and introspective indie surreal experimentalists nytyly.
Graystar, Ronan Baker and the Minute Hand Ballet, Goldenbloom, nytyly, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $4. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheater.com.
Deep in country
Luther Russell's baritone voice skims, skips and slides all over his bluesy, rootsy Americana music on his raw, at times ghostly, EP 'Motorbike,' which sounds like its title indicates - music to roll down the road to, all echoey harmonica, banjo, guitar and voice. A noted producer in his own right, Russell will grace us with his presence along with Portland's Mexican folk rockers Caguama, as well as Natron and some mysterious guests.
Luther Russell, Caguama, Natron, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave. $8 advance, $10 at the door. Info: 503-226-6630, www.myspace.com/dantesportland.