Note: The Rodney Crowell concert set for Friday, May 12 at Alberta Rose Theatre has been canceled, according to Alberta Rose Theatre. For more: albertarosetheatre.com.
A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to certain events that don't have tickets for sale anymore, which would allow you to ask — bother? — friends to take you, or evaluate the secondary market.
The Flaming Lips, in support of their album "Oczy Mlody," perform at the Roseland Theater on Friday, May 12. Alas, it's sold out.
But the Tribune's Joseph Gallivan caught up with the support act Klangstof's founder Koen Van De Wardt. Here's an excerpt of the story; the rest can be read at portlandtribune.com:
Klangstof may be Holland's answer to Radiohead.
Klangstof (a nonsense word from the Norwegian "klang," echo, and "stof" in Dutch) was formed by Koen Van De Wardt. Dutch by birth, at age 14 his family moved to Norway, where loneliness drove him to music and songwriting. He formed the band with Norwegian friends. The foursome is based in Amsterdam now, but Van De Wardt still retreats to his parents' cabin in Norway to compose.
Van De Wardt spoke to the Portland Tribune, coming off playing the Coachella festival in California, which was headlined by Radiohead.
Says Van De Wardt: "When I was younger I used to mess around with synthesizers, but it all started when I came across Radiohead's 'OK Computer' (1997). That's when I started to make music more professionally."
He calls watching Radiohead from the crowd at Coachella amazing. "They are the biggest nerds in the world, they know so well what they do. The guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, is from another planet. They have every Moog synth ever made and they don't even use samples, you can hear that on stage."
Coachella was Klangstof's first U.S. festival. They're also lined up for Sasquatch in the Columbia Gorge (May 26-28), Bonnaroo in Tennessee (June 8-11), and Firefly in Delaware (June 15-18).
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available as of press time):
• Throwback rock 'n' rollers Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express, touring in support of "Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins," play the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 9 p.m. Friday, May 12. Tickets and info: $15-$17, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• Horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch stops at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., where it sold out an April gig. They'll play again at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Tickets and info: $15-$17, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• Grammy Award-nominated folk singer-songwriter Tift Merritt sings about divorce, pregnancy and a move to New York in her "Stitch of the World" album. She'll perform at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Tickets and info: $20, www.mississippistudios.com.
• Seattle native Briana Marela evokes the landscape of the Pacific Northwest by building a dreamy, orchestral sonic world through vocal looping, processing and sampling. She and Emel Mathlouthi play the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 15. Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter best known for her protest songs and anthems for the Tunisian revolution. She blends electronic beats, North African rhythms and Western rock. Tickets and info: $21-$31, www.portland5.com.
• Touring in support of "Egomaniac," Kongos plays a headlining show 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Hawthorne Theater, 1507 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. Its "Take It From Me" reached top-10 in alternative radio. Tickets and info: $22, $25 day of show; www.hawthornetheater.com.
Buy your tickets soon ...
• It's been planned and canceled before, but it sure appears that the Janet Jackson 2017 "State of the World" tour will be going on as scheduled and stopping at Moda Center on Sept. 29. Tickets, $24.95-$135, are on sale at www.rosequarter.com. Tickets sold for the previously scheduled 2016 shows (Jan. 12 and July 13) will be honored for the Sept. 29 date.