Jan. 5

Totally groovy

by: COURTESY OF FEDERALE - Federale, influenced by Spaghetti Western films, plays a show with The Purrs and The Upsidedown, Jan. 5, at Mississippi Studios.OK, hipsters in skinny jeans, this is your latest show. Hailing from Seattle and opening tonight’s festivities are The Purrs, a psychedelic hip-shaking garage-flavored group of apparent layabouts that has released one cool record after another for a decade. You can smell the incense and joy coming off this band’s discs, no matter how jaded they may want to sound. Then comes The Upsidedown from our town, playing rock ‘n’ roll in a somewhat similar vein, albeit with a wee more blues and a slightly harder attack. They’re like totally all over various TV show soundtracks as well. Finally, influenced by spaghetti Westerns, headliners Federale actually dress the part on stage as well and are effective proponents of the movie-inspired music because it’s clear they love it even as they gently mock it. All these bands consist of uber cool rockers or have friends in uber cool bands like Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and R.E.M. But you should still heckle them on stage. They will love it and maybe buy you a beer later. Or have you thrown out. Which would be a good story to tell your grandkids.

Federale, The Upsidedown, The Purrs, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $10. Info: 503-288-3895,

Pre-amp post-rock

You can’t listen to the trio Veio without immediately thinking of Tool, which is a good thing. Like their obvious inspiration, Veio likes its hard rock to be melodramatic and metal-like but more operatic and intelligent than bludgeoning and violent. Formed by brothers Cameron and Brett Byrd of Camas, Wash., who made waves in the last decade with their band MiNDFRaME, Veio consists of Cameron on vocals and guitars, Brett on drums and Medford’s Samuel Kinney on bass. Their latest record, “Race The Sun,” was is produced and mixed by Sean Norton at Falcon Studios in Portland, and features some pretty delicious alternative metal that fits nicely side by side with your other Northwest hard rock records. Progressive hard rockers A((wake)), TallBoy and Sketch the Rest join the bill.

Veio, A((wake)), TallBoy, Sketch The Rest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $8. Info: 503-233-7100,

Jan. 11

Wall of echoes

Portland alt-pop-rockers Crown Point have come out with their second EP, a seven-song collection called “Curtains,” which continues Crown Point’s evolution as a highly competent modern rock band incorporating elements of everything from 1950s doo-wop melodies to 21st century guitar and vocal effects. The opening title track has a fast-paced flamenco feel which straddles the sonic and vocal world between ‘80s bands like U2 and Tears for Fears. The third cut, “Afterbirth,” is distinguished by a clever tempo-shifting riff, which stands out sharply on the album. Overall, the whole EP plays like meditations on a common epic rock theme more than a collection of individual songs, which highlights the fact that Crown Point has its own strong sound and certainly always leaves the listener satisfied. But we believe this hard-working group has more potential than its members realize, and if it takes more chances like it does on “Afterbirth,” their next recording venture may totally blow our minds. The gauntlet has been thrown down, gentlemen.

Crown Point, Western Aerial, Threebit Bourbon, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. Info: 503-231-WOOD,

Jan. 12

Russian to year’s end

Last year, the line to get into the Russian Old New Year Party stretched for a block, as well-dressed Slavic immigrants, visitors and wanna-be Eastern Europeans excitedly prepared to drink vodka and dance the night way. This year should be no different, as Portland’s premiere Gypsy-Balkan-punk party band, Chervona, will host its annual Russian Old New Year party. Magical materializations of Baba Yaga — the traditional witch of Russian folklore — and Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden daughter of Spring and Frost, will take place, along with other mini-events and ceremonies. Musical guests this year include the Flying Balalaika Brothers from Austin, led by Zhena Rock of the Red Elvises along with traditional Russian songs performed by Portland’s king of the bayan, or button accordion, Leo Nosov and late-night spinning by DJ Chkalov and DJ Zhena.

Russian Old New Year Party, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $15 - $40. Info: 503-248-4700,

’Round town

British alt-rockers Keane share the stage with Youngblood Hawke at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047,

Punk, pop and metal sounds will emanate from the stage at the Red Room, 2530 N.E. 82nd Ave. at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, when God Bless America, Kancer and the Rat, Erik Anarchy, The Four Walls and Super Desu play. Free. Info: 503-256-3399,

If you like your ambient progressive metal, The Restitution and other bands will be jamming at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Backspace, 115 N.W. Fifth Ave. $5. All ages. Info: 503-248-2900,

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