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Highlights in Music the Week of January 5-11.

BEAR & MOOSE Doug Fir, 1/5

BEAR & MOOSE Doug Fir, 1/5

THURSDAY 1/5

BEAR & MOOSE, PIGEONS, MIKE COYKENDALL
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Portland two-piece Bear & Moose had no problem gathering material for their debut Bear/Moose, a double LP brimming with shimmering guitars and loads of sugarcoated harmonies and hooks. Their direct influences aren't obvious; these two chaps simply go with time-honored pop songcraft in the spirit of American blues, British Invasion rock, and Kiwi pop. Bear & Moose cover a lot of emotional terrain over the course of two records and aren't afraid to get their ya-yas out, especially live. Tonight's performance is to celebrate the release of Bear/Moose. Rounding out the bill are locals Pigeons and Mike Coykendall. Guaranteed to rock, pop, and roll. MARK LORE

MONARQUES, HOUNDSTOOTH, COLIN JENKINS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) By all accounts, Buddy Holly was the squeakiest-of-clean nice guys. You can hear it in his music: that innocence, which he didn't live long enough to outgrow. The world has become a lot more debauched in the last half century, but that doesn't mean there's no place for rockabilly, especially when it's still being reinvented by the likes of Monarques. Make no mistake: They aren't a cover band or a vintage throwback, and, thank god, they aren't ironic. Monarques' music is jangly and feel good, but it may also have a drug problem. Or possibly a sex addiction. They play alongside Houndstooth, another local band seemingly assembled as an antidote to Willamette Valley vitamin-D deficiency. Headed by Katie Bernstein, they sound like a warm day at the beach—but you really should keep your shoes on, because there might be broken glass or needles. REBECCA WILSON

FRIDAY 1/6

PALABRA, 1939 ENSEMBLE, DJ SAM HUMANS, ANIMAL STITCHES
(Langano Lounge, 1435 SE Hawthorne) If you miss Palabra's show tonight, then you miss Palabra forever. The instrumental trio, made up of Johan Wagner, Zachary Evans, and the insanely prolific Papi Fimbres, recorded a one-sided 12-inch, and after they play this record release show, they'll evaporate and be gone forever, like drops of water disappearing in the morning sun. It's fitting, then, that the one-sided record (bearing the unforgettable title When Cats Go to Outer Space) is similarly ephemeral, a quick tangle of seven short tracks flowing in and out of each other that's all over before you know it. Palabra runs the gamut from the carnival parade beat of opener "Now Look Who's Wearing Bells and Whistles/El Hombre Chaotico" to the effective climax of the fluid, loose-limbed "Browar," a relaxed piece based on pulsing electric piano and tripped-out flute. Palabra recognizes the irrefutable importance of music being experienced in the moment, now, and here is your chance. NED LANNAMANN

RIVERCITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
(Red Lion on the River, 909 N Hayden Island) Americana-, bluegrass-, and roots rock-deprived throngs seeking out a folky fix ought to look no further than the respite of the seventh annual RiverCity Music Festival. With an eye on substance over style (think a wintertime, indoor Pickathon), this weekend's lineup features world-famous guit-pickers like Tommy Emmanuel, regional bluegrass wunderkinds Northern Departure, and mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull, who performs with her group Highway 111, fresh off the success of her sophomore album Daybreak. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Peter Rowan Band, and the time-capsule country of Dale Watson deftly fill in the void left by American ex-pat Jesse Winchester's cancellation, and round out a potent three days of riverside revelry. Capped by a Saturday night square dance, workshops maestro'ed by the masters, and the free, kids-only (ages seven to 17) Chick Rose School of Bluegrass program, this is one hoedown you don't want to miss. RYAN J. PRADO

ARCHEOLOGY, TANGO ALPHA TANGO, ADAM SHEARER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) When it comes to spelling, I am a right-wing conservative. Fun, alternate denotations of words fill me with a knee-jerk skepticism, which I am hard pressed to overcome—one of my many character flaws. But, even without that second A, I just can't write off Archeology. Partly it's because they sound a lot like the Indiana Jones version of actual archaeology: dusty, sunny, and clearly more exciting than it is in real life. But mostly it's because they are heartfelt and sincere, with arrangements specifically designed to make my heart swell. Those harmonies, especially live, expunge all thoughts of missing letters from my mind. This show isn't all campfires and sunbeams: Where Archeology are pure-hearted Americana, Tango Alpha Tango are aggressively, wonderfully glam. Lock up your daughters: These guys are seedy and seductive in the best possible way. RW

BRIDGETOWN SEXTET
(Tony Starlight's, 3728 NE Sandy) If these first gray days of 2012 find you feeling in need of a jumpstart, the Bridgetown Sextet's hot-cha-cha brand of flapper-era jazz might be what the doctor ordered. Granted, their kind of fetishistic retro-gazing is always a dicey proposition, running the risk of being precious, irrelevant, or, usually, both. But the Bridgetown Sextet pulls off their time-travel whimsy by emphasizing musical chops rather than mutton chops. Their tunes are the work of fantastic players, boasting excellent stride piano from both Scott Kennedy and Andrew Oliver (who also each do double duty on drums), strict tempo from guitarist Doug Sammons and bassist Eric Gruber, and just the right shade of sassafras from John Moak on trombone and David Evans on clarinet and sax. Their new album, The New Old Fashioned, ably captures this combustible energy, but their kind of music is best experienced live, so put on your glad rags, skiddy up, and flush the floor. NL

SATURDAY 1/7

FAREWELL NIGHT AT THE WOODS: SALLIE FORD AND THE SOUND OUTSIDE, AGESANDAGES, BROTHERS YOUNG
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) See My, What a Busy Week! and read our article on the Woods.

FAT FANCY ROCK 'N' SOUL DANCE PARTY: DJ BRUCE LaBRUISER, ACTION SLACKS
(Crush, 1400 SE Morrison) See My, What a Busy Week!

RIVERCITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
(Red Lion on the River, 909 N Hayden Island) See Friday's listing.

TRANSIENT, DANIEL MENCHE, EIGHT BELLS, TAURUS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) In Daniel Menche's long and impressive career as a noise musician and sound artist, he has never shown consistency or predictability. From the objects and instruments he uses to the level of volume and intensity, he has always found new and unique ways to create layers of sound that captivate his audiences. For his new double LP release, Guts, Menche chooses piano as his instrument of choice, and utilizes it in ways to create unfamiliar sounds. Also performing is Eight Bells, which is ex-members of Portland Psychedelic rockers SubArachnoid Space. ARIAN JALALI

SUNDAY 1/8

RIVERCITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
(Red Lion on the River, 909 N Hayden Island) See Friday's listing.

R. KELLY'S BIRTHDAY: LEROY JEROME, DJ NATHAN DETROIT, DJ FREAKY OUTY
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) R. Kelly's slow descent into pop culture parody belies the infallibility of his talents—no matter which bizarre sublevels they may occupy. While Kelly's professional praises continue to be sung—most recently by Billboard magazine, who listed him as the #1 R&B artist of the last 25 years—it's been a long time since our corn-rowed king believed he could fly. Subsequent experimentalism following his salad days included the oddly fascinating hip-hopera Trapped in the Closet, and likely the single most entertaining song of the last 10 years in Double Up's "Real Talk." It's with one foot in both worlds of Kelly's milieu that Dig a Pony's birthday bash is likely to celebrate. Featuring the smooth croons of Leroy Jerome and a worthy DJ tandem of Nathan Detroit and Freaky Outy, your chance to bask in the golden shower of Kelly's 45th will definitely be a dancey one. (And—ew—Dig a Pony is offering lemonade drink specials.) RJP

MONDAY 1/9

Happy 67th birthday to guitarist Jimmy Page of seminal hard rock act Coverdale/Page.

TUESDAY 1/10

ANIMAL EYES, ROSS McLERON AND THE WORLD RADIANT
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) See My, What a Busy Week!

WEDNESDAY 1/11

DICK DALE
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) See My, What a Busy Week!

NUCULAR AMINALS, KOKO AND THE SWEETMEATS, STILL CAVES
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) See My, What a Busy Week!

BLOUSE, WAMPIRE, THE CROW
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Blouse.

ABSTRACT RUDE, LIVING PROOF, SHAMES WORTHY, WINSTRONG & J THE SARGE, ZOO EFFORT, DJ ZOLE
(Indamix HQ, 1235 SW 16th) Los Angeles emcee Abstract Rude, born Aaron Pointer, comes to town with an all-ages stop on his Cali Love Tour. Despite his credentials as a veteran of venerable LA venue the Good Life as well as a co-founder of the Project Blowed workshop, Pointer is also well acquainted with Northwest hiphop. His most recent full-length, 2009's Rejuvenation, found the California native collaborating exclusively with Seattle beatsmith Vitamin D, while 2011 found him lending vocals to tracks from local groups Animal Farm and Living Proof, the latter of whom also performs tonight. In addition to spots from a cadre of Cali's finest, most notably underground legend Shames Worthy, this event doubles as the Portland premiere of the skateboard movie Creepin for Life from Natural Koncept. RYAN FEIGH

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