March 10

Pop that pops

We swear on a stack of glowsticks that Heartwatch’s “Never Let You Go” is destined to be a summer jam, all bouncy and proto-discolike to the point where you can just see the dance floor filling up as soon as the band starts playing.

Combining synth-pop, disco-punk and indie rock sounds, Heartwatch, (formerly The Tropics) hails from San Francisco and recorded its self-titled debut here in Portland at Jackpot Studios, with producer-engineer Damien Lewis, who also has worked with Kimbra, Marina and the Diamonds, and Jill Scott. The band features Claire George on vocals, Eric Silverman on guitar and keys, Rowan Peter on guitar and vocals, Nate Skelton on bass, and Kern Sigala on drums.

The Flavr Blue, Heartwatch, Blossom, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St. $12. Info: 503-239-7639,

March 12

Rumors of rockin’

Their fans include Robert Plant, as well as Jello Biafra, who put them on his Alternative Tentacles label and calls their leader “rock ‘n’ roll’s last great frontman.” Fusing punkish energy to country, rockabilly, bluegrass, blues and other roots styles, The Legendary Shack Shakers have written a new chapter in the always evolving audiobook documenting the sometimes uneasy dance between the black and white musical forms of the previous two centuries that gave birth to the modern roots sound.

“The Southern Surreal,” which the Shakers released last year, contains one gem after another and features Billy Bob Thornton (yes, that guy), as well as Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison. Frontman J.D. Wilkes boasts a surprisingly pleasant tenor voice for such an energetic frontman and plays some pretty tasty harmonica, ala Charlie McCoy.

The Shakers include Rod Hamdallah on guitar, Preston Corn on drums, and Fuller Condon on upright bass and will open for the Rev. Horton Heat for this week’s show most likely to end with the ghosts of Generals Lee and Grant mudwrestling.

The Rev. Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Lincoln Durham, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $23 in advance, $25 at the door. Info: 502-284-8686,

March 15

Bass-less charges

It was started by Generation X or Y or, well, older rockers like Local H, brought to full pop music fruition by the White Stripes and the Black Keys and now it’s official — more than a few raw rockers have declared being in any band with more than two members persona non grata.

The L.A.-based garage-punk duo The Two Tens continues this trend and features drummer Rikki Styxx and guitarist-vocalist Adam Bones thrashing, crashing and bashing their instruments into spill-your-beer-and-stiff-the-bartender Stooges-friendly rock ‘n’ roll. You can even hear the ghost of hard-rockabilly pioneer Johnny Burnette haunting “Ella Don’t Like My Hat” on YouTube, a cut off the duo’s debut album appropriately titled “Volume.”

The Two Tens, The Reverberations, The Ransom, Adam & The Molecules, 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, Twilight Bar & Cafe, 1420 S.E. Powell Blvd. $5. Info: 503-232-3576,

March 19

Follow your screams

Of their new record “No One Deserves Happiness,” The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford say they set out to make “the grossest pop album of all time.” Not sure that’s what has actually happened (Insane Clown Posse beat them to the punch years ago), but they have definitely created one of the more adventurous heavy electro-metal-sludge-grunge rock records of late.

Not many hard rockers are inspired by both writer Joan Didion, as well as Beyonce, but The Body are, and employ female vocalists, including Maralie Armstrong to good effect on this disc, which is sort of like listening to an opium-smoking classical musician, or Malcolm Young of AC/DC, have a complete nervous breakdown. Standout track on the album is the Peter-Gabriel-meets-The-Plasmatics-via-Aretha-Franklin “Adamah.”

The Body, Taurus, Muscle and Marrow, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 19, High Water Mark Lounge, 6800 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd. $8. Info: 503-286-6513, Lounge-1489824034578431/

Moda moments

The Moda Center is hosting several big-shot-artist shows in the next several weeks. Justin Bieber sings there March 13, Bruce Springsteen comes to town with The E Street Band on March 22, Ellie Goulding’s here April 3, Paul McCartney arrives April 15, Pentatonix brings its incredible a capella show here April 26, and The Who play their show rescheduled from last year, on May 17. Info:

Quick hits

• Cheery happy bands Nexus, Gladius, Entoxikutioner and Sabateur bring the sunshine metal to Ash St. Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St., at 9 p.m. Friday, March 11. $5. Info: 503-226-0430,

• Southern-fried singer-guitarist J. D. Simo will host a free all-ages guitar clinic at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Music

Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Info: 503-231-8926,

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