Bang your sled
Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells is one of the country's 'it' acts right now, featuring producer/guitarist Derek Miller and singer Alexis Krauss. This industrial-meets-girl-group twosome present a clash of super-processed guitars, massive beats and sometime saccharine, sometime aggressive vocals, all put in the service of songs that you could use to overthrow an army of zombie prom queens or, for that matter, lead Scotland to independence. In other words, it's ambitious music not afraid to take chances and worth the aural risk if that's your kind of thing.
Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Oberhofer, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $18. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499, roselandpdx.com.
Big Twang Theory
The Twangshifters - Shaun Toman on guitar, Corvin Blacke on upright (physically, not morally) bass, Troy Stutzman on skins and the magnificently tattooed diva Sara Barry on vocals - are one of those bands you stumble across one night on a bender and never forget. Playing stripped down, no-nonsense rockabilly, blues and rock 'n' roll, they're the love children of Carl Perkins and Patsy Cline,and plan to celebrate the release of their smokin' hot debut CD at a jam replete with burlesque dancers (including national champ Holly Dai) and lots of slicked-back hair types. This is not a party for timid souls or indifferent hipsters, so leave the attitude at home and bring a pack of filterless ciggies for the breaks in between.
Twangshifters, Dolly Pops Dance Troupe, Dry County Crooks, Krotch Rockit, 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: 503-206-7630, twangshifters .com.
Austin's White Denim combines garage rock, psychedelia and progressive rock in fresh new ways that make their tunes sound just a wee bit different than anything you've heard before. It's as if Beck, the Moody Blues, and those kids in drama club you were never quite sure of - but wondered if they might be cool to hang out with - got together in the school band room and just started banging, clanging and strumming away on the instruments strewn about. It's rare to hear a band that could make a Deadhead, a fan of the Minutemen and any number of indie types happy, but White Denim may have found the formula to do just that.
White Denim, 9 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water Ave. $10. Info: 502-894-9708, bunkbar.com
Sunday will never be the same
Portland folk singer Alec Berg writes great melodies, sings with just enough nasal inflection so as not to sound like a choirboy, and employs those standard harmonica licks first made essential by Bob Dylan. Any cut off his album 'Bush League' would be a welcome alternative to a lot of the more spendy records you've wasted your hard-earned dough on.
7 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Hawthorne Lounge, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. Free. 21 and over. Info: 503-233-7100, hawthornetheater.com.
Ears are made for bleeding
As those of you who were not raptured on May 21 now know, our sorry world was left to be ruled by the evil ones until it's destroyed. Enter Doom, an infamous crust punk band from England touring America for the first time since they formed in 1987. Doom plays some of the speediest, thrashiest music on Earth coupled with almost completely incomprehensible vocals. They are clearly the band you want on your side when the bar brawl breaks out. Joining Doom as it burns down this town is Portland's own crust punk metal war-obsessed freaks Hellshock as well as Deathcharge, Religious War and Ripper.
Doom, Hellshock, Deathcharge, Religious War, Ripper, 7 p.m. Monday, May 30, Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. All ages.