Hear them roar
Portland's country-blues-soul-rockers Redwood Son, fronted by guitarist-singer Josh Malm, are releasing their debut double CD, 'The Lion's Inside.' Malm is a gritty singer and visionary who seems to be looking for what can happen in the spaces between the notes as much when his band plays the notes themselves. This epic ambitious album contains a little bit of everything.
Redwood Son, Sarah Billings, Brad Mackeson, Jordan Harris. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $13 in advance, $18 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-234-9694, aladdin-theater.com.
Animated car tunes
Ralph Huntley, who runs the Mutton Chops, house band for the OPB variety show 'Live Wire!,' also tickles the ivories for Klezmocracy, who combine modern jazz, rock, Latin and klezmer music in a wonderfully colorful mix that sounds like it was hijacked from Saturday morning cartoon soundtracks, brought uptown in a stolen cab to dine with classically inclined high society types who actually want to get the heck out of the stiff function they're attending and go slumming as soon as possible. The group is releasing its second CD, 'Reach.'
Klezmocracy, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $13 or $18, which includes CD. Parent or guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com.
June 12, 16
Bobby Bare Jr. actually shares a Grammy with his dad, Bobby Bare, with whom he sang at the tender age of 8 on the 1974 hit song 'What If.' However, that's all of Bare Sr.'s songs he'll do.
'My dad thinks it's really kind of gross if I went out and made a living playing his music,' he says.
Not wanting to gross out his dad, Bare Jr. has forged his own path becoming a major player in the Americana world. He's performed on albums by such rockers as the Silver Jews and Frank Black and jammed with My Morning Jacket - whose members are featured on his finely crafted last album 'A Storm - A Tree - My Mother's Head.'
Bobby Bare Jr., Carey Kotsionis, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12, Lola's Room at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Free. 21 and over. Info: 503-225-0047.
7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Free. All ages. Info: 503-249-3983, mcmenamins.com.
June 13, 14
God and whiskey
Combining gospel, punkabilly and country, Dallas quartet The Von Ehrics seem to be inspired by equal parts Sunday morning holy rollin' and Saturday night rock 'n' rollin'. Comprising songwriter/vocalist/ guitarist Robert Jason Vandygriff, Gabe Aguilar on drums, bassist Paul 'Santi' Vaden and guitarist Clayton Mills, these cowboys walk a fine line between decadence and divine inspiration.
The Von Ehrics, 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. Info: 503-231-8926, musicmillennium.com.
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Tiger Bar, 317 N.W. Broadway. Info: 503-467-4111, tigerbarpdx.com.
It's still legal to have fun
The members of Atlanta's Black Lips seem to have watched one too Elvis movies or maybe just won a cosmic round of beach blanket bingo. In other words, they're FUN! They write 1950s and '60s influenced punk, or maybe just plain rock 'n' roll, heck, you won't care because in between dancing you'll be laughing so hard at their lyrics. They're joined by New York City's thrashy skater punks Cerebral Ballzy.
Black Lips, Cerebral Ballzy, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $15. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686, wonderballroom.com.