Pronounced Eye-na High-na
Portlands Dylan Magierek heads up Badman Recording Co. which has released discs by My Morning Jacket and The Posies among others, and has formed the duo Aina Haina with Mike Ailes, that mines the veins of classic rock.
Theyre probably a bit more accessible to older rockers than say duos like Japandroids, and their clearly enunciated lyrics set them apart from a lot of duos, period.
The mostly mid-tempo guitar-drums outfit is somewhat eclectic and more restrained than similarly constituted outfits, although they often employ the same kind of crunchy guitar effects on their eponymously titled debut six-song record.
The best cuts include Foolin Around (In the Sun), which starts out sounding a bit sparse and simple but wait for the chorus, and I Wouldnt Let Me In If I Were You, a swampy bluesy rocker decrying the wicked white mans conquest of the New World.
This Not This, Aina Haina, 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. $3, 21 and older. Info: 503-233-7100, hawthornetheatre.com.
Brothers n bellydancers
One of Portlands more interesting and just plain fun groups, Brothers of the Baladi, will perform a night of Middle Eastern music featuring bellydance sets by Miss Belly Dancer USA 2008 Sedona Soulfire, Henna and Tribal Nouveau dancer NagaSita.
Currently finishing its 12th CD Gravity of Love, the Brothers will play traditional music from Egypt, North Africa, Turkey, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran and other countries. The bands also been known to put their own spin on tunes by the Stones and Buffalo Springfield. Their newest release will contain Turkish and Arabic songs.
The Brothers features Michael Beach on vocals and such drums as doumbek/Arabic tabla (traditional Middle Eastern drum), riq, def, bendir (frame drums), davul (folkloric drum), and mizmar and midjwiz (Middle Eastern reed instruments). Other Brothers are J. Michael Kearsey on bass, Clark Salisbury on both acoustic and electric saz (Turkish strings), oud (Middle Eastern lute) and electric guitar and Ashbolt Stewart on drum kit, davul and doumbek.
Brothers of the Baladi, 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, The Blue Monk, 3341 S.E. Belmont St. $10. Info: 503-595-0575, thebluemonk.com.
Portland pop-rock songwriter John Amadon is one of those underground types who rarely plays out despite the fact he writes eminently listenable tunes that neither insult your brain nor tax it unduly.
Hes following up his 2011 record Seven Stars, with another fine album called The Bursting Sheaf that would make fans of the latter-day Kinks, Big Star, George Harrison, Spoon or Elliot Smith happy. He sounds a bit like Jerry Garcia vocally, sans the years of drug abuse.
Amadon shines best on 70s-styled numbers like Walking the Shoulder and Two Hunters, the latter a slightly bluesy number with great harmonies and an elegant arrangement that uses tempo shifts which dont jar you so much as move you to where youre headed anyway. The album ends on a strong note with Dream Your Dream Alone, which showcases his ability to write guitar and piano lines that complement each other well.
If this cat aimed for the top of the pops, he might not make it given how crass our culture has become, but we figure there are at least a couple million folks on Planet Earth who are still smart enough to get this guy.
John Amadon, Kelly Blair Baumann, Matt Cadenelli, 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, LaurelThirst, 2958 N.E. Glisan St. $5. 503-232-1504, laurelthirst.com.
n Minnesota singer-guitarist Charlie Parr wont win any fashion contests, but is one kick-fanny traditional blues, folk and gospel cat whos recorded 11 albums and made a name for himself in the acoustic underground. He shares the stage with Evan Way and Vikesh Kapoor. 9 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $12. Info: 503.288-3895, mississippistudios.com.
n If Billy Joel was a lady, he might have been Dawn Oberg, given her penchant for clever lyrics, sharp indie-pop ballads and delicious jazz-and-rock-flavored tunes. Check her out at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Atlantis Lounge at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi St. Info: 503-288-3231, dawnoberg.com.