You don't need to know anything more about Alkaline Trio than they were smart enough to include Smoking Popes on their current tour. The AK boys note the Popes influenced their music, as they have a zillion other modern punk bands, creating wonderfully melodic tunes with terse, catchy lyrics sung in a croon backed by buzzsaw guitars. Meanwhile, Alkaline sounds a bit more 'modern' with melodramatic-meets-mindful vocals, hardcore influenced dramatically played guitar chords and a bass-drum attack that is tight, measured and almost metallic in intensity, although not as scary.
Smoking Popes, Alkaline Trio, 9 p.m. Friday, July 15, Hawthorne Theater, 1507 S.E. 39th St., $20 in advance, $23 day of show. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheatre.com .
Holding his own
Pete Anderson made his name playing guitar for, as well as producing, Dwight Yoakam, not to mention Tanya Tucker and Michelle Shocked. But the eclectic musician with the sandpaper voice can more than hold his own on record as well as on stage and released a great bluesy rootsy CD titled 'Even Things Up' earlier this year. His band features Greg Hanna on bass, Jack Maeby on keys and Jesper Kristensen drums. Lovers of real gone music should not miss this show.
Pete Anderson, 9 p.m. Monday, July 18, Duff's Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-BEER, www.duffsgarage.com .
Yes, we had to do a double take on this one just like you. Tim Robbins, the actor, is coming to town with his band The Rogues Gallery. Robbins is about to release a debut record that mines blues and Americana, and is reportedly a pleasant performer. Is he worth what he's charging? Well, his father, Gil Robbins, was a member of The Highwaymen, so he certainly learned from the best. And you've got to love a very famous guy who takes his middle-age crisis and turns it into original music. Only time will tell if Robbins is as good as any other folk singer out there or a Dead Man Walking.
Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Info: 503-719-6055, www.albertarosetheatre.com .
The Eastside Bluegrass Series continues with Oklahoma's Mark Phillips and IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band. The award-winning musicians perform hard-driving traditional bluegrass and bluegrass-gospel music. The band was formed in 1995 by Mark Phillips and his father, Wayne Phillips, and has evolved into a crowd-pleasing blend of traditional and original bluegrass music. Get there early, and y'all can jam in the lobby with other local pickers!
Mark Phillips and IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, Freedom Foursquare Church, 660 S.E. 160th Ave. $10 donation. Children free. Lobby jam starts at 5:30 p.m. Info: eastsidebluegrass @yahoo.com.
Portland's Rate of Rise plays intelligent synth-guitar pop rock that shimmers, shakes, cuts sharply, then grooves. The band features: Adam Corkery on vocals and guitar; Ryan Every on vocals, keys, and guitar, and Chris Stasney on bass. You can hear everything from prog rock and hard rock to New Wave and garage in their sound, and they're not afraid to follow the melody, giving it room to breathe in their arrangements. Meanwhile, another Portland group, The Autonomics, with Evan Leikam on drums, Vaughn Leikam on bass, and Dan Pantenburg on guitar and vocals, is a wonderfully fresh power punk trio, and echo Sugar, the Strokes and other fun yet full-throttle bands. If these boys stick together, they might become as famous as Tim Robbins.
Rate of Rise, The Autonomics, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd. $5. Info: 503-238-0543, www.myspace.com/thetoniclounge .