Dec. 13

Prince’s bridesmaid

Portland’s Liv Warfield is simply one the best singers in town — and out of it — having worked alongside such artists as Prince, B.B. King, The Roots, the Dave Matthews Band, and Floetry. Styling herself on such soul queens as Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Sade and Mary J. Blige, Warfield has been featured in her own BET special “J&R Presents Liv Warfield,” had her single “I Decided” chart on Billboard (at No. 71) and also showcased on the Michael Baisden Show. This gig will also feature Prince keyboardist Cassandra O’Neal.

Liv Warfield, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-719-6055,

Dec. 14

Bad to the drone

Seattle/Paris/L.A. duo Sunn O))) not only have one of the most difficult band names to write repeatedly, they also understand why monks really chant — they’re trying to meet the Big Guy on his own terms by alternately pleading with him, then frightening him with droney, ambient thingy-do’s, low frequency noise, and extreme metal. Supported by various collaborators, Stephen O’Malley (of Khanate and Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (of Goatsnake and Engine Kid) are clearly insane, dressing in robes onstage and performing amidst great clouds of fog. Interestingly, they seem to be perfectly timed to coincide with the increasing amount of solar activity astronomers say will begin soon, possibly disrupting telecommunications on Earth resulting in even more embarrassing tweets by NBA players and your drunken roommate at 3 in the morning. Gloom and doom never sounded so inviting.

Sunn O))), Dead In The Dirt, Loincloth, Fontanelle, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $20. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499,

by: COURTESY OF MITCH SCHNEIDER/BONDAX - Brit pop duo BONDAX is pumping out irresistible music for young party people, and appears at Rotture on Dec. 15.

Dec. 15

Teenage bass-land

We won’t lie. It’s likely all the beautiful people will be at this show. And yes, they’ll ignore you. But you might be able to share some dance floor space with a supermodel or two for a moment and bask in their glow. That’s because the two British teenage producers who make up BONDAX — George Townsend and Andy Kaye — have hit upon the perfect formula to create ear candy of the highest order, combining soul, house, UK bass, Balearic beat, and, dare we say it, good old fashioned disco in such singles as “Baby I Got That,” which dominated the late summer airwaves in their homeland. These cats realize all the pretty gals and handsome boys are most happy when they can publicly parade their finest feathers and BONDAX is obligingly and blissfully pumping out irresistible party music for the floating runway of the young and well designed.

BONDAX, Clicks & Whistles, Lincolnup, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $8. Info: 503-234-5683,

Dec. 19

All hail Hillsboro

From the mountains that gave us Mountain, the cemeteries that spawned Sabbath and the junkyards piled high with rusted Motorheads comes Hillsboro’s Mohawk Yard. Featuring Wade Petersen on bearded, screaming vocals, Matthew Petersen on alt-metal-garage guitar, Ray Williams on bottom-heavy bass and Mark Petersen on havoc-wreaking drums, the boys are clearly out to drink, stink, stomp and stammer. There will be Hades to pay.

Mohawk Yard, The Blackout Dates, The Gates, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash Street. $5. Info: 503-226-0430,

‘Round Town

WayneThe Train Hancock, the Viper of Juke Joint Swing, will bring his stomping rockabilly, blues and old-timey country music to Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St., at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. $21. Info: 503-226-6630,

Sloe Loris is a Portland-based Americana-roots duo made up of singer/songwriters Derek Clark and Seth Altshuler. You can hear them jam at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Info: 503-288-3231,

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