Wear a helmet
Motorhead, the Rev. Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy. At one time, those three names on the same bill at the Roseland Theater would have required the governor to cancel National Guard leaves and prepare for the worst. However, over time, these performers have almost - only almost - become respected elders in the music world. Well at least Lemmy has.
Motorhead's Lemmy is revered for perfectly straddling the blurry line between early metal and early punk, inspiring thrash and speed metal, yet always staying true to his rock 'n' roll muse.
The Rev. Heat may be one of the most opinionated, funny as well as long-gone-daddiest of all punkabilly rockers. And Ted Nugent's bastard children in Nashville Pussy formed in 1996, but have always sounded more like they were dreamed up in the 1970s before everyone in rock got so sober and serious.
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. All ages. 503-219-9929. $32 general admission.
Mattress sounds like that funny yet somewhat off-putting guy you used to work with at the video store and whom you suspected was up to something possibly illegal but not necessarily immoral. Mattress' street-performing Rex Marshall is certifiably insane, which is why it would probably be a good idea you see his record release show at Berbati's this Friday. His electro-soul synthesized music just seems to make sense in these weird and twisted times.
Mattress, Atole, Junkface and E*Rock, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Berbati's Pan, 10 S.W. Third Ave. $5 to $7. All ages. 503-226-2122.
Vancouver's Love Trucker consists of four young guys who apparently wish they were a heck of a lot older. So they could act younger. As in they wish they grew up back when you had to actually mix and mingle at a vinyl record store with other longhaired freaks to score the latest sounds. These boys dress like the Stones circa early 1970s, and combine everything in their sound from Chuck Berry to Mott the Hoople to Gram Parsons, Zeppelin and The Faces. Bring your lighters to the White Eagle Monday night.
8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, White Eagle Saloon, 836 N. Russell St. Free, 21 and over. 503-282-6810.
Revival round the corner
Tapwater combines down-to-earth songwriting with exquisite musicianship. This would be the band to pick for a clambake with lots of home brews being served, or for a festival right dab in the middle of summer. This polished Portland sextet calls its music 'world twang' but it's more aptly titled world soul as it combines reggae, gospel, rock, music hall and other influences to bring forth those good-time feelings you've been suppressing all day at work. However, the work whistle has blown, and this is a band that may make you dance so hard you have to lie and call in sick the next day.
Tapwater with Lucky Brown, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Goodfoot, 2845 S.E. Stark St. $8. 503-239-9292.
To the point
Garage rock or garage pop, new wave, punk, whatever the heck the kids are calling rock 'n' roll that eschews more than three or four chords these days, is all about gettin' in, makin' your point, then gettin' out. So, in brief, here's what extensive research has revealed about these Portland bands:
The Decliners - This group of Portland sludge rockers combine the vocal style of the Dead Kennedys with a hard-driving sonic attack designed to stave off the vast right-wing conspiracy targeting the noble left and extremely loud rock bands.
Purple Heart - Riff-heavy band combines classic and alternative rock sounds featuring distortion, wah-wah and 'oooh-yeah' vocals right alongside the occasional galloping tempo and semi-bluesy rave-up in a sound designed to stave off the vast right-wing conspiracy targeting lightning-powered guitarists.
The Interlopers have written a song called 'Chicks Dig Me' as well as one called 'Ross Island,' two rock 'n' roll songs bookending the beliefs and concerns of Portland males stuck in traffic.
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $3. 503-223-0099.
Now this sounds like fun. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe is led by former Lenny Kravitz sax-man Denson, who sings, blows tenor sax, alto sax and flute, while Brian Jordan plucks guitar, bassist Ron Johnson lays down the groove with keyboard player David Veith, trumpet player Chris Littlefield and drummer John Staten. Fans of Spencer Davis, Tower of Power, Herbie Hancock and other jazzy soulsters should love the sonic soup Denson ladles up.
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, Saturday, Oct. 3. $20 advance, $22 day of show, all ages, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside Rd. 503-225-004.