The local punk rock group The Mean Jeans consists of Jeans Wilder on drums, Bill Jeans on guitar and vocals, and Howie Doodat, aka Jean Jeans, on guitar. Darn if these boys don't sound like the Ramones - and with one less guitarist! Likely, some serious slamming will ensue when they take the stage Friday night at Slabtown. Joining them are the insane garage, bluesy, surfabilly songsters in Pure Country Gold, as well as sometimes dreamy, sometimes abrasive Jail, whose members hail from Milwaukee, Wis.
The Mean Jeans, Pure Country Gold, Jail and Special Guests 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave., 21 and over. $6.
Oct. 16 and 17
Bloozers and boozers
It's pretty hard to walk into the Mock Crest Tavern on a weekend and not have a doggone good time. This weekend is no exception. Friday night you can catch the muddy delta blues wanderings of Rollie Tussing. Saturday features the whiskey-soaked country rock of Bad Assets with Ben Cosloy on lead guitar, Kevin Marcotte on bass and vocals, Drag Triplet on drums, Bill Sterling on lap steel and vocals and Motor Jeffries on guitar and vocals.
Both shows are worth far more than the price of admission, of which there is none. So there's no excuse for missing them, now is there?
Rollie Tussing, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and Bad Assets, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Mock Crest Tavern, 3435 N. Lombard St. 503-283-5014. Free
The 30-band Scion and Vice Records Garage Fest at Dante's, Satyricon, Someday Lounge and Berbati's Saturday, Oct. 17, is sold out. However, if you want to figure out a way to sneak in - and really, you should - visit www.scion.com/garagefest/ for more info.
Portland singer-songwriter Pilar French will release her second album, 'Alive,' at the Fez Ballroom Saturday night. French combines pop, folk, blues and jazz into her sound, and the title track is a neo-modern sea shanty about the true story of a man who spent two nights floating the Puget Sound fighting a riptide that threatened to pull him out to sea. French's voice sounds like the comforting spirit that must have kept him going. A lawyer by trade, she also recorded three songs about what it was like to lose a trial in which she was part of a team pursuing justice for a woman and her son who had been brutalized, kidnapped and tortured by a prison escapee in Salem. This is about as far from shallow pop as it gets, and thank God for that.
Pilar French with Rob Stroup and The Blame and Scott Gallegos, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Fez Ballroom, 316 S.W. 11th Ave. Guests include Nicole Campbell, Rachel Taylor Brown, Amanda and Jenni Price, Justin Jude, Robin Ward and Renee Plant. $8 advance tickets from www.brownpapertickets.com, $10 at the door. 503-221-7262.
Here's a damn nice mix of sounds, from rock to country, to warm your bones, as the nights get chillier. This Saturday, Tonic Lounge will feature the aural pleasures of alt-rocker Brandy Dirks along with the power-pop rockin' call to arms of Mission 5, the y'all-ternative sounds of Growler and Pale Blue Sky, who sound pretty Neil Youngish, when his rust isn't sleeping.
Brandy Dirks, Mission 5, Growler and Pale Blue Sky 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd. 503-238-0543.
Wait for him
C'mon, admit it, you, too, suspect ambient electronica king Moby might actually be an angel, not a human being. He appears to be the nicest musician in history, pretty much, and manages to say insightful things all the time. With his gentle take on Christ, animal rights and his charity work, he's like Gandhi, or maybe Sting without the bare-chested cockiness. Oh yeah, Moby's also created an impressive body of work that is irresistibly reflective, including his latest melodic, mournful offering 'Wait for Me.' He's touring with the wistful Kelli Scarr. If you need to impress a lover with your sensitivity, this is your show.
Moby with Kelli Scarr 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $25 advance, $28 day of show. All ages. 503-225-0047.
Girlz 'n' boyz
Texas power trio Girl in a Coma sounds like the Cranberries after brawling in pub or Bjork if she fronted Nirvana. Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz and her sister, Nina Diaz, won over listeners with their 2007 debut album, 'Both Before I'm Gone,' which earned rave reviews in the alternative press and didn't sell too badly either. These wild, yet seemingly very polite, ladies combine oldies, rockabilly, '90s alternative, and other sounds and are touring in support of their newest album 'Trio B.C.' Plaintive melodic Brooklyn indie rocker boys Black Gold are joining them on this tour.
Girl in a Coma, Black Gold and Judy 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $8 advance, $10 at the door. 503-234-5683.
Getcha grown man on
The 11th annual POH-HOP 2009 (Portland Oregon Hip-Hop Festival) Oct. 10 show has been rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 23, at the Roseland Theater. Non-tripping moneymaker E-40 will be joined on stage by critically acclaimed Portland hip-hop heroes Sandpeople and Maniac Lok. If you bought tickets for the Oct. 10 show, they'll be honored at this one.
E-40, Sandpeople, Maniac Lok 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. All ages. 503-219-9929. $22