by: COURTESY OF Katie Veno, Prepare yourself for a glitzy night of synth-pop Pink Noise, at the Hawthorne Theater Dec. 22.

Dec. 17

Honkin' 'gainst hunger

KINK FM's Sunday Night Blues Show is teaming up with rockin' blues acts to benefit the Portland's Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, which provides emergency food relief to families.

Among those howlin' for the hungry is the Ty Curtis Band, a great rockin' blues group out of Salem, which serves up syrupy hotcakes of harmonica and tasty guitar licks. The Insomniacs, one of Portland's most swingful jump blues acts will share the stage, as will the sizzling Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes.

Scene stalwart and bassist vocalist Lisa Mann, one of our city's musical treasures, rounds out a great lineup for a great cause.

Ty Curtis Band, The Insomniacs, Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes, Lisa Mann, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $15. Canned food donations accepted. Info: 503-224-2038,

Beer for breakfast

Portland garage-punk rockers The Muddy River Nightmare Band traffic in insanely fast three-chord songs, with the occasional groovy breakdown and the semi-profane and surprisingly lucid lyrics we all need during the Great Recession. The Nightmare boys don blue jean biker vests and proceed to battle nightclub poseur-dom with the weapons of surf, rockabilly, thrash, psychedelia and basically any other type of sound you associate with barroom brawls, bad haircuts, too many tattoos, a plethora of piercings and mucho mayhem. Prepare to riot.

The Muddy River Nightmare Band, All Bets on Death, The Piss Drunks, The Hickmans, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th St. $5. Info: 503-223-0099,

Party like it's 1939

It takes 70 years for a copyrighted song to enter the public domain, which means you don't have to pay any royalties to whoever owns it if you perform it. Guitarist Charlie Hunter is taking advantage of this law by releasing a new album called 'Public Domain' featuring 11 classics like 'Danny Boy' and 'Ain't We Got Fun,' all selected with the help of his 99-year-old grandpa. Hunter, a seven-string virtuoso guitarist, is performing with Michael R. Williams on bass trumpet and drummer Eric Kalb of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, who appears on Hunter's release from earlier this year 'Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid.'

Charlie Hunter Trio, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, Mississippi Studios 3939 N. Mississippi St. $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895,

Dec. 18

Stick 'em up

Portland's Hot Victory combines post-modern electronica wizardry with the primal sounds of drumming. Ben Stoller and Caitlin Love pound away on their kits as Erik Hanson snakes his way through a world of samples and noise. The overall effect is that of having a vaguely pleasant mental breakdown while stuck in traffic in a tunnel - at some point you give up trying to fix the car and just start enjoying the rush of the other vehicles passing your stalled auto.

Meanwhile, experimental minimalist synthesizer rockers Vice Device features Brian and Bobby from Reverse Dotty and Andrea, aka DJ Linoleum (surnames are so bourgeois, man), getting all electro weird, punkish and robotic just in time for the holidays.

Hot Victory, Vice Device, DJ E*Rock, DJ Copy, DJ BJ, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $5. Info: 503-234-5863,

Dec. 22

They just can't get enough

Portland's Pink Noise are three clearly insane boys who unapologetically dress like androgynous refugees from a 1980s Flock of Seagulls or Depeche Mode video, traffic in New Wave synth-pop and create some pretty catchy music as well as put on a show you simply have to watch. They understand what all those tough rocker guys who hated synth-pop never understood in the '80s - you can drown in melody and thumping beat when listening to it and don't have to give a damn about anything else, like how cool you are for liking that guitar solo.

Of course, colored lights, fog and ear candy aren't everyone's cup of absinthe, but if you just want to let your inhibitions go and dance the night away, Pink Noise is your band.

Pink Noise, Cold Metal, After Nothing's End, Animal R and R, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $4, 21 and over. Info: 503-233-7100,

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