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Feelin’ Groovie


Chris Wilson’s musical compatriot, singer-guitarist Cyril Jordan, has just sent him an Instagram of himself, dressed in a mod-style jacket.

The pic notes Jordan and the other Flamin’ Groovies, bassist George Alexander and drummer Victor Penalosa, are rehearsing in San Francisco for their upcoming tour. They’ll hook up with Wilson, who recently moved to Portland from London — in part because Oregon just legalized pot — to play along with The Pynnacles and Criminal Guitars for the Groovies’ tour kickoff at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St.

Tickets are $15. Info: www.danteslive.com.

Sitting outside a Portland bar, you can literally see the fact that he’s about to go on tour sink into Wilson’s head. He pounds a clenched right fist in the open palm of his left hand as a big grin spreads across his face.

“This is gonna rock!” the guitarist-singer exclaims, adding, “it’s an incredible privilege to be at my age and still playing rock ‘n’ roll for people who still want to hear it.”

Power-pop pioneers, jangle-rock innovators, alt-rock godfathers — whatever you want to call them, The Flamin’ Groovies were one of those bands that should have been much bigger in the popular mind, but nonetheless made an impact that still echoes in the rock world. You can hear the Groovies’ influence in bands like R.E.M., the Cranberries, Throwing Muses and a host of other post-punk outfits, but the band also knew how to play Stonesy blues rock, especially when it was fronted by Roy Loney, who left in 1971. The band’s most famous post-Loney album, 1976’s Dave-Edmunds-produced “Shake Some Action,” could be considered a seminal alternative rock record, its much acclaimed title cut covered by Cracker and used in the 1995 movie “Clueless.” From garage rock to post-punk, the Groovies’ eclectic experiments have covered all kinds of sonic ground.

“We just played the music we loved,” Wilson says. “We’re a thinking man’s punk band.”

Fans of the Groovies can look forward to a new album in 2016, and the band already has released a teaser cut off it, “End of the World,” a steady-driving Byrds-style rocker, replete with patented Groovies’ vocal harmonies. The group also will be the subject of a documentary set to be released next year by Kurt Feldhun of ESPN’s “Fishin’ Impossible.” Overall it’s a groovy time to be a Groovie, Wilson notes.

“I feel like a nice old bottle of burgundy,” Wilson says with a laugh. “I’m ripe and mature and ready to drink.”

Quick hits

• Indie folk-rockers The Dodos join Springtime Carnivore for a 9 p.m. show Friday, March 13, at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $15. Info: 503-231-9663, www.dougfirlounge.com.

• Portland folk singer John Craigie marks the release of a new CD and shares the stage with Laurie Shook of the Shook Twins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, at Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E .Alberta St. $12 in advance. Info: 503-284-5665, www.albertastreetpub.com.

• Speaking of the Flamin’ Groovies’ loving Cracker, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman will be featured in an acoustic set at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Mississippi

Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $20. Info: 503-288-3895,

www.mississippistudios.com.

• Melodic house-music pioneer Bakermat performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave. $15. Info: 503-234-5683, www.branxpdx.com.

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