June 23

Beyond hope or at its beginning?

Bay Area crazies Space Biscuit feature campy chanteuse Qaiel Peltier on lead vocals, Tamaras Abrams on drums and vocals, and Anwyn Halliday on synthesizer. This trio plays the soundtrack that sounds in your head when you get rolled by three bums outside a disco or share a smoke with an exotic dancer who confesses she may or may not have left her stepfather for dead — all you know is he wasn’t breathing last time she saw him. A just-plain weird cabaret-meets-disco-meets-glam-rock outfit, here’s the thing — if this trio actually works really hard at their craft, they could become masters of cinematic alter-pop. Only time will tell if they’re sort of a momentary goof or the real deal. Either way, paint your nails and spread the glitter.

Space Biscuit, 8:45-9:25 p.m. Monday, June 23, Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. Info: 503-345-7892,

June 24

Triple shot of truth

It’s a pretty ambitious title for a show — “Three Women and the Truth.” But Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Lynn Miles plan on singing the truth as they see it. Gauthier was adopted as a child, ran away from home as a teen, took refuge with addicts and drag queens, got in trouble with alcohol, stopped drinking for good, and has spun her personal tales of pain and pride into such tunes as “Goddamned HIV,” which John Prine might have written if he was Gauthier.

Meanwhile Miles hails from Quebec, and has won a slew of Canadian awards for her countrified poetic music that seeks honesty in love, and love in honesty. Finally Grammy-nominated folkie Gilkyson is here to promote her new album “The Nocturne Diaries,” which contains the painfully timely song “American Boy.” The track alludes to what goes into creating a school shooter, the kind who have plagued our nation — and our own community — recently. Maybe this is what a lot of us need to hear to make sense of the madness.

Mary Gauthier, Lynn Miles, Eliza Gilkyson, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, Aladdin Theatre, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $30. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694,

June 25

Take it easy

Led by rootsy alto singer Amy Boone of Texas band The Damnations, The Delines play melodic country soul music, found on its debut CD “Colfax.” The band also features: keyboardist Jenny Conlee-Drizos of The Decemberists; drummer Sean Oldham and songwriter/novelist Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine; and pedal steel dude Tucker Jackson of Minus 5.

You might want to call this country music for fans of Pink Floyd or Mazzy Star, all dreamy and languid. Standout tunes include the beautiful “Calling In,” the jaunty “Wichita Ain’t So Far Away,” and the ‘70s-sounding “He Told Her the City Was Killing Him.” This stuff is all pretty mellow, more suited for late nights at home than honky-tonkin’ and line-dancing. But even cowboys have got to put their boots up now and then.

The Delines, Fernando, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895,

by: COURTESY OF THE STUDENT LOAN - Progessive-acoustic newgrass project The Student Loan has been known for its funky originals, but  covered Duran Durans Hungry Like the Wolf. The band plays Doug Fir Lounge, June 26.

June 26

This grass grows everywhere

Few bluegrass bands, or, as they like to call it, newgrass, would have the guts to cover a Duran Duran tune like “Hungry Like the Wolf,” but Portland’s The Student Loan pulls off the New Wave tune as if it had been written for banjos and beer-swillers, not synthesizers and supermodels. Firmly rooted in the past, but definitely growing into a sonic future, this band incorporates rock, jazz, blues and jam ideas into its tunes. The quartet will celebrate the release of its fourth 11-song record, “Moonlit Toasters” with this show.

Band members Julio Appling (bass, vocals), Liz Chibucos (guitar, fiddle, vocals), Mark Gerolami (banjo, guitar, vocals), and Chad Kimbler (mandolin, vocals), have served as musical ambassadors for the State Department, performing on five continents. We are well-represented.

The Student Loan, Asher Fulero Band, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, Doug Fir Lounge, 803 E. Burnside St. $10. Info: 503-231-9663,

Quick hits

• OK, we surrender, this is just a rootsy week in Portland, and if you want to hear one of the most raucous such bands, check out the slightly insane Sassparilla, releasing not one, but two albums this week. One sports more polish, the studio-recorded “Pasajero,” while the other, “Hullabaloo,” was recorded live in frontman Kevin Blackwell’s attic. Sassparilla shares the stage with Casey Neill & The Norway Rats as well as McDougall, at 9 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Info; 503-231-9663,

• Ladies Rock Camp, a music day camp for women 21 and over, will celebrate its latest slew of ad-hoc bands with a show at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. All ages, children under 8 free. $7 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895,

• Hot off the heels of her European tour, the ever-soulful singer Karen Lovely, among the country’s finest blues vocalists right now, brings her band to Duff’s Garage, 2530 N.E. 82nd Ave., at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 28. $12. Info: 503-234-2337,

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