MALE BONDING, SONS OF HUNS

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) In another era, Male Bonding's "Tame the Sun"—the opening track on Endless Now—would be a dappled, flaring, gently rippling psychedelic jam, something like Traffic's "Paper Sun" or the Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," to name two other tunes with the word "sun" in the title. The back cover of Endless Now, Male Bonding's second full-length, bears this out, with the London trio (a four-piece in the live setting) posed in a field of flowers, a detailed cloudscape overhead. In yet another era, the instantaneously catchy tunes on Endless Now would fit seamlessly into the '80s Paisley Underground, with rose-tinted melodies and lilting harmonies surfing atop a thick backdrop of processed guitars. But in the era that we're in now, Male Bonding becomes something so much more: A fiercely energetic pop band with brisk, punky drumbeats and overdriven guitars, with a catalog of songs that are full of heart and pep—a sound that's timeless but also fully of the moment. NED LANNAMANN


VANDERVELDE, THE FLING

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Vandervelde (formerly David Vandervelde) comes from Chicago and makes rootsy music that's not too rootsy (i.e., boring). Early on he summoned the rock 'n' roll spirits of Bolan and Bowie before easing into less ragged Buckingham and (Jay) Bennett, the latter of whom he worked with in 2006. This sometimes one-man band (Vandervelde played everything on his 2007 debut The Moonstation House Band) is a classic-rock encyclopedia. But he doesn't simply ape his idols. The guy writes some great tunes that range from urgent rock 'n' roll ("Fuckin' Around") to lofty and grandiose ("Moonlight Instrumental"). Vandervelde's schizo nod to rock's druggy heyday will make his live performance all the more intriguing. MARK LORE


HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS, XAMBUCA

(Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Pioneering German artist Hans-Joachim Roedelius is best known as the co-founder of Krautrock forefathers Cluster and Harmonia, but don't think he stopped there. The visionary force behind the early ambient and electronic movements not only collaborated with some of your favorite artists (Bowie, Eno, and Neu!, for starters), but he also released a whopping 40 solo records. And he's still going. Roedelius might be 76 years old, but his gorgeous kosmische has only gotten better with age. The old man isn't showing any signs of slowing down, either. When Cluster broke up for the third time last year, and original member Conrad Schnitzler passed away, what do you think Roedelius did? Call it a day? No—instead, he mustered together a trilogy of new releases and set off to tour the states with multimedia collective Xambuca. Just make sure you catch this show. You never know, it might be your last chance to see a living legend. CHRIS CANTINO