Live This Weekend: Fly Moon Royalty, Big Ass Boombox, Surfer Blood, Lots More

Friday, Jan. 3

Locals Stereo Creeps’ latest single “Goat,” from the forthcoming full-length Cave Dwellers of Tomorrow (due sometime in the spring), sounds like a mix of Built to Spill and a heavier version of the Toadies, making for a pretty tasty dish of alt-rock. With Greenriver Thrillers, Cody Foster Army. Blue Moon. 9 p.m. $5 DOS. 21 and over. JB

Only The Spits could make you happily celebrate New Year’s Day two days later. And why not? Its brand of punk-meets-Devo up-tempo tunes brings the party wherever it plays, and tonight is no exception—with food and a midnight champagne toast to boot. The band’s recently reissued LP of tour-only rarities, Kill the Kool, will be available tonight, so bring money. With Sex Crime, Wimps, DJ Nun, MF Cake. Chop Suey. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. JB

Gabriel Mintz’s music is the strangest, most brilliant mishmash of genres. It sounds old, yet it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard. It’s funky, it rocks, it grooves. It echoes Led Zeppelin and the Beatles as much as Beck and the Shins. His fresh take on late-20th-century rock is well-captured on his latest Versicolor release, Future Wars. With YVES, Cold Guns. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS. 21 and over. JESSIE MCKENNA

Spoonshine Mid-song, Jacob Navarro and William Cook attack the instrumental breakdown, playing like their lives depend on proving that not all acoustic performances are slow and somber. Hands blur as Navarro strums the guitar and Cook plucks away at the upright bass. Their nature-themed, down-home lyrics and penchant for combining Americana and rock culminate in a fervent, feisty show. With Kristy Cameron. Conor Byrne Pub. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

Big Ass Boombox, Crocodile and Rendezvous. Through Saturday. See our write up here .

Formerly known as Pipedown, the members of Sacramento’s Number Station refer to themselves as “hardgaze”—which, after hearing a few tracks, might sound like a very fun new way to say “screamo.” Vocals range from Davey Havok–style singing to a harsher hardcore style, but the music delivers focused, high-energy, guitar-driven postcore rock. Show up early for a stellar bill of locals as well: Gladiators Eat Fire, A Province of Thay, Where My Bones Rest Easy. El Corazon. 7:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages, bar with ID. JB

A family band from Mill Creek, Hallstrom plays swelling folk music built around the nicely matched vocals of Tom and Kate Hallstrom. While its tunes can be cloying like a Hallmark movie, they can also be sweetly touching and are a perfect come-down after New Year’s debauchery. With Rags & Ribbons, Kate Lynne Logan, James Anaya Band. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS. DANIEL PERSON

Fly Moon Royalty, Neumos. See our preview here .

Casey Neill is one of those Portland artists who seem to have always been there, working on a balance of roots musicianship with tales of gritty urbanism. Backed by his band the Norway Rats—consisting of some Portland indie all-stars—Neill released All You Pretty Vandals earlier this year, an album that appears to have nailed the mixture, adding the perfect amount of swing and swagger to his Celtic folk sound. With Sassparilla, Ian Moore. Sunset Tavern. 10 p.m. $8. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Saturday, Jan. 4

A Tribute to Roger Miller Though best known for the country classic “King of the Road,” Roger Miller was a multitalented session cat. He played drums for Faron Young and Ray Price and fiddle with Minnie Pearl. He wrote songs, performed by Young, Price, and Ernest Tubbs, that went to the top 10. He performed on TV programs like American Bandstand, The Jimmy Dean Show, and The Merv Griffin Show, appearances which introduced his clean-cut looks and goofy persona to millions of Americans, endearing them to songs like “Do-Wacka-Do,” “Dang Me,” and “Chug-a-Lug.” His humor-filled tunes put him in the same category as his most similar contemporary, Bobby Bare, but the two ran in different circles, and Bare proved more successful with lasting fame. But Miller has his cult following, as evidenced by this tribute evening; each act will perform a song from his catalog. If you’ve ever heard the tottering, ramshackle nonsense that is “My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died,” you’ll no doubt hope the tune is among them. With Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer, Low Hums, Annie Ford Band, Liam Fitzgerald (of the Raineros), Jon Pontrello of the Moondoggies, Country Dave and His Pickin’ Crew, Pepper Proud, Warren G Hardings, Dean Johnson Band, Corespondents featuring Ava Grapes, Lovely Coast, Not a Real Flag, Elias Cotez, Girlz Nite Out—A Lady Acapella Surprise! Hosted by Iaan Hughes of KBCS Columbia City Theater. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Carrie Clark & the Lonesome Lovers From the cabaret sass of “Bum Bah Dum” to the Americana/country vibe of “Where Are You,” 2011’s Between the Bed Sheets and Turpentine flirts with a handful of genres, but each selection is top-notch, proof of Clark’s many singing and instrumental talents and Martin Feveyear’s famous production skills. With Jessica Lynne, Denim Wedding. Conor Byrne Pub. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. ACP

Lucy Wainwright Roche As the daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright and sister to Martha and Rufus, it was a practically a given Lucy would follow in her family’s musical footsteps. The artist, who recently opened for Neko Case in Europe, plays acoustic folk music and sings with an emotionally charged voice that can turn Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” into a tearjerker. Empty Sea Studios. 8 p.m. $18 adv./$22 DOS. All ages. ACP

Winter is the season of karaoke, a time when indulgence peaks and shame recedes like the midday sun. It has been almost a year since Portland’s premiere purveyor, dubbed Baby Ketten Karaoke, earned a deserved high profile when The New York Times anointed the PDX karaoke scene a seriously silly movement. Helmed by musician-turned-KJ John Brophy, Portland’s Baby Ketten features songs you won’t find anywhere else, the instrumental tracks recorded by Brophy himself. The Washington version of Ketten has been going strong as well, helmed by Ivan Terrazas. Now is the time to sing your song. Skylark Café. 8 p.m. MB

Surfer Blood Touring in support of last year’s Pythons, the Florida-based indie-rock four-piece brings its peppy surfer rock to this not-so-beachy Ballard hot spot. And while the fellas of Surfer Blood may have met at Ultra, one of the largest electronic-music festivals, their tunes skew more head-bobbing-in-the-garage than bass-dropping-on-the-lawn. The band plays the Sunset again on the 10th and the 17th. With Wild Ones, Cock and Swan. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $10. KEEGAN PROSSER

Massy Ferguson Seattle’s self-described “bar band” has been rocking since 2007, chugging out clean Americana rock everywhere from Seattle Weekly’s Reverb Festival and South by Southwest to Iceland’s Airwaves Music Festival and, most recently, a shared stage with the likes of Toby Keith and Brad Paisley at the 2013 Watershed Music Festival. The band released its third album, Victory & Ruins, last year. With the Paperboys. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $18 adv. 21 and over. JM

 
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