Blues you can use
If you like your roots music served up on the raw side, check out this show. Seattle's blues-soul-rocksters Gravelroad definitely live up to their name, throwing down like some forgotten love child of Howlin' Wolf and Lemmy. Meanwhile, Portland's blues-trance-rockers Cicada Omega play like you felt the first time you drank an underage beer in a parking lot, eyes ablaze with possibility and heart on fire with cop-wary danger. Another hometown band, Pure Country Gold, is not your steppin' stone, but your stairway to garage-blues-rock-country heaven. Long Beach, Calif.'s, The Paperplanes create quirky beautiful pedal-steeled countrifried folk rock. DJ HWY 7 has impeccable blues taste and will be spinning deep blues records.
Gravelroad, Cicada Omega, Pure Country Gold, The Paperplanes, DJ HWY 7, 9 p.m. Friday, April 30, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $6. Info: 503-223-0099, myspace.com/slabtownbar.
Stephanie Schneiderman works harder than you ever will and has six solo albums, two collaborative albums, three music production credits, a host of Lilith Fair appearances, several film and stage roles and a successful concert series to benefit refugees in Uganda to prove it. Her latest 11-song release, 'Dangerous Fruit,' places her somewhere between the worlds of Laurie Anderson and Sarah McLachlan, combining strong but gentle vocals that coast over pop, electronica, trip hop, soul and folk. She shares the stage with alternative folk rocker and Brooklyn gal Garrison Starr as well as Pat Kearns of Portland indie rocker Blue Skies for Black Hearts, playing solo.
Stephanie Schneiderman, Garrison Starr, Pat Kearns, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.
OK, party people, this is your night. Brooklyn's Telephoned, featuring DJ/producer Sammy Bananas and singer Maggie Horn, are coming to town. Even if you're not a big fan of turntablism, this duo is simply irresistible, and you'd have to be a real downy-frowny to refuse dancing to their electro-pop-disco-hop dandy candy. Meanwhile, fans of club music will simply ascend to heaven with no time in aural purgatory.Portland's own Matrimony, Rude Dudes and NEO LANE, featuring Neo G Yo of Serious Business and Winston Lane, will join these East Coast dance-natics.
Telephone, Matrimony, Rude Dudes, NEO LANE, 9 p.m. Sunday, May 2, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $7. Info: 503-234-5683, www.rotture.com.
A certain kind of singer
Whenever a singer describes herself as pop meets Americana meets bossa nova, you have to stand up, take notice, then dance.That singer is Turkish-American New York City resident Sinem Saniye, who also adds Middle Eastern and jazz flavors to her mix. The result is a feast of catchy, world-beat pop music that is both highly civilized as well as gently evocative of the wilder desires that exist in the souls of the genteel and which only come forth when the lights dim, the champagne flows and the evening breeze blows through their window curtains just so.
Sinem Saniye, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, The Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd. $5. Info: 503-238-0543, myspace.com/thetoniclounge.
Deep in the soul of Texas
What if the Beach Boys or those cats in Coldplay had made their music while sweating in the South Texas sun? Maybe they would've sounded like San Antonio's Hacienda, who blend Tex-Mex roots rock, retro-pop and rhythm 'n' blues in a highly listenable manner. These soulful wranglers have just released their second album, 'Big Red and Barboca,' which contains the absolutely lovely, but not too, too unmanly, song 'I Keep Waiting,' which surely was written by the late great Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly in rock 'n' roll heaven before they channeled it through the band. Hacienda performs as part of their national tour with current saviors of real rock 'n' roll Heartless Bastards as well as dusky-voiced folk rocker Amy Cook.
Heartless Bastards, Hacienda, Amy Cook, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 6, Berbati's Pan, 231 S.W. Ankeny St. $12 advance. $16 day of show. Info: 503-248-4579, www.berbati.com.