THURS JAN 18
Haley Heynderickx w/Surfer Rosie; Parkway North at PSU, 1825 SW Broadway
A few weeks ago, I saw Haley Heynderickx play an intimate set at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. It was a powerful performance—she encouraged the audience to close our eyes and listen to the rain. Heynderickx grew up studying bluegrass guitar, and she brings that folk sensibility to her indie pop songs. If she were alive in their heyday, she’d probably be right at home on bills with songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Jackson C. Frank (she does a chilling cover of Frank’s “Blues Run the Game”). Heynderickx is currently getting ready to release her debut LP, I Need to Start a Garden, in March via Mama Bird Recording Co. Tonight she’s joined by Surfer Rosie, an angsty indie band with a vulnerable side.
FRI JAN 19
School of Rock and PROWUS present Best of Portland 6 w/Moorea Masa, Lithics, Skull Diver, Máscaras, Gaytheist, Ural Thomas and the Pain, Jessica Boudreaux, Haley Heynderickx, Nasalrod, Kelli Schaefer; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell
Local nonprofits School ofRock and Portland Rock On with Us (PROWUS) are hosting an evening of music that’ll unite some of the city’s best musicians and students while raising money for PROWUS’ music scholarship fund. The bill is jam-packed with rising acts like R&B singer Moorea Masa, whose voice will take you to another plane of existence, at least for the length of a song. This is the very best kind of all-ages show, one where you can see Portland’s up-and-coming talent play alongside 79-year-old soul legend Ural Thomas and his fantastic backing band, the Pain.
SUN JAN 21
Psychomagic w/Aan, Number; Black Water Bar, 835 NE Broadway
Named after filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book about shamanic psychotherapy, Psychomagic has been making trippy psych-rock for years. But the Portland band’s new EP, Pop Occultism, sounds less like the 13th Floor Elevators and more like the Blade Runner score—there’s lots of synth, and not much wah-wah whammy bar action. In a 2014 interview with Eleven PDX, Psychomagic said, “We are dancing space hippies, with lots of sea witches, guard dogs, astral projection, meatballs, séances during performance.” I can’t say I know what that means, but head over to Black Water if you’d like to find out.