Feb. 6

We toad you so

Toad the Wet Sprocket enjoyed some chart success in the 1990s with such tunes as “All I Want” and “Fall Down,” but then split up in 1998 over “creative differences.”

“Creative differences is usually code for ‘we don’t want to air dirty laundry,’ ” says the band’s singer-guitarist Glen Phillips. “Time was really the healer. We just needed to have our own lives, make our own mistakes, do our own thing for long enough that we got hungry to do Toad again.”

And the band is definitely hungry again, hitting the

road last year and this to promote its latest album “New Constellation.”

“We play maybe five songs from the new record, but we make sure the familiar songs are all in there, too,” Phllips says of Toad’s shows. “What’s been wonderful to see is the number of people who have the new record and know the new songs.”

In its heyday, Toad stood

out for playing music that anticipated this century’s indie roots scene — folkish, driving, melodic.

“We were quiet and introspective at a time where most of our peers were competing for volume and angst,” Phillips says. “These days, beauty and subtlety are more appreciated.”

Phillips adds that “New Constellation” is a bit more upbeat than past Toad offerings.

“I’ve struggled with depression, and look at happiness as a practice, something that needs to be worked at and worked for,” he says. “A lot of the songs reflect that work.”

Toad the Wet Sprocket, Jonathan Kingman, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $35 in advance, $38 day of show. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694,

by: COURTESY OF NUGGETS NIGHT - Some of the acts in Golden Nuggets, Feb. 8 at Slabtown includes Blue Skies For Black Hearts.

Feb. 8

It will all pan out

One of the best one-night music festivals of the year happens this week — Nuggets Night, when Portland bands pay homage to ‘60s and ‘70s garage, psychedelic and bubblegum rock singles. This year’s show features Honus Huffhines, Metropolitan Farms, Paradise, The Pynnacles, Verner Patrons, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, The Cool Whips, Beyond Veronica, Au Dunes, The Zags, Thee Four Teens, The Hauer Things, Red Shadows and Ten Million Lights.

The night’s special treat is long-time Portland punk singer Monica Nelson performing with her new band The High Gates. In addition to rocking out in the ‘80s and ‘90s with the Obituaries, Nelson has distinguished herself as a social activist (you can learn more at

This year, Nuggets Night will benefit House of Sound (, a member-supported Internet broadcasting community. Transmitting from the Watershed building since 2008, House of Sound’s “mission is to present a variety of aural stimulation by Portlanders to the world.”

Nuggets Night, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $8. Info: 971-229-1455,

by: COURTESY OF NUGGETS NIGHT - Some of the acts in Golden Nuggets, Feb. 8 at Slabtown include Beyond Veronica.

A chorus will greet you

Seattle via Brooklyn’s Augustines (formerly We Are Augustines) likes its rock ‘n’ roll big and shiny, choral and dramatic, in the vein of U2 and The Alarm. Guitarist Billy McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen sound pretty tight, penning theatrical tunes that would make fans of The National or even Fun. You can hear “Cruel City” off their latest self-titled album playing in an arena near you sometime soon.

Augustines, My Goodness, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. Portland. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Info: 503-231-9663,

’Round town

• Folk rockers Jack Martin & The Houseband as well as The Moonshine take the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in The Secret Society Ballroom, 116 E. Russell St. $8

Info: 503-493-3600,

• Punkish, grungish prog rockers and hearty Scotsmen Biffy Cyro will smash down the walls of oppression at Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St., at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, along with Morning Parade. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Info:

• Saxophonist Charles Neville, the most musically diverse member of the famed Neville Brothers, will be joined by improv band Gent Treadly, which has featured members of the Dead and the Tubes, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info:

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