The Lonely H
Teenage bands often get by on the novelty factor, but the Lonely H doesn't need a handicap to adjust for youth.
Barely out of high school, these rockers from Port Angeles, Wash., sound like they've subsisted on a steady diet of classic '70s rock and roll for decades, absorbing their influences while adding a jolt of contemporary energy and enthusiasm to a genre that often can sound tired and recycled.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St., 503-226-0430, $5
This show, featuring former Sunny Day Real Estate/Fire Theft singer-songwriter Jeremy Enigk, is hands-down the best bargain you'll find for your entertainment dollar this week - if not all year.
Enigk's emotionally expressive vocals and dynamic songwriting may have spawned the emo movement, but no one has been able to re-create his breathtaking combination of grace and power.
9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $5
It's been almost 30 years since the Circle Jerks took L.A.'s burgeoning punk scene by storm, but time doesn't seem to have tamed the veteran band. Rather than tiredly trotting out old material, they attack it with a ferocity that turns the clock back decades.
Whether you're a veteran punk rocker or a relative newcomer who didn't get the chance to see the band in its heyday, the Circle Jerks continue to perform legendary shows that not only are not embarrassing but are actually great.
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., 503-233-7100, $15, all ages
- Barbara Mitchell