May 26

by: COURTESY OF NOAH ABRAMS - The son of a Beatle, guitarist/keyboardist/singer Dhani Harrison (third from right) and his band thenewNo2 play the Wonder Ballroom on May 26.

Mr. Anonymous

Dhani Harrison, guitarist, keyboardist and singer for dreamy electro-popsters

thenewno2, says his band always selects a lucky member of the crowd to be part of the show.

“During the second act, we bring them on stage and saw them in half,” he says dryly.

He’s joking, of course. As the support act for bluesy alterna-rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, thenewno2 has only so much time to give the audience a taste of its music.

“We’re all techie nerds,” says Harrison, the son of Beatle George Harrison. Dhani shares the stage with keyboardist and programmer Paul Hicks, keyboardist-guitarist Jonathan Sadoff, guitarist Jeremy Faccone, drummer Frank Zummo and bassist Aaron Older.

“We like using unconventional sounds, he adds. “It’s kind of electro blues.”

His audience was initially rooted in the kind of “college stonery” you find at festivals, he adds with a chuckle. The band is touring to promote reflective album “The Fear of Missing Out,” which they’ve just re-released in a deluxe version, Harrison says, noting he wants to get people to listen to albums again in this downloadable age. “Missing Out,” with its sparse keyboard lines, textured layers of sound, and tempos that move like gentle waves linking song to song, was written with the idea of being a vinyl record, he says.

“I like the idea of building a concept album,” he says. “I think it’s more like a suite of music. It’s more filmic.”

Speaking of filmic, Harrison’s band scored the music for the movie “Beautiful Creatures” and is interested in doing more such works, although not in the conventional sense.

“I can’t say we’re a particularly underscorey type of band,” he says. “The music almost becomes another character in the movie.”

Harrison has acknowledged his dad’s influence — who hasn’t been influenced by The Beatles, he’s said before — but says his own music is rooted more in the sounds of fellow Brit and eclectic trip-hop king Tricky, although Harrison gives his props to Hendrix and Cream as well. It’s clear listening to thenewno2 that there’s some of his dad’s sound in the music. Heck Dhani’s voice could be mistaken for George’s. The group is not his backup band, Dhani stresses.

“We all write,” he says. “Jeremy wrote, Paul writes with me a lot. Me and Paul and John write. I like writing with people, I like collaborating.”

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, thenewno2, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $25, 21 and older. Info: 503-284-8686,

Listen to the grass scream

Speaking of dreamy, Seattle’s Rose Windows draws on all kinds of pyschedelia from The Doors, early Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane, as well as some Black Sabbath and Persian, Indian and Eastern European music. The band sits squarely in the art-rock category, which is nonetheless a pretty expansive genre. The male and female cats often sing like a chorus (lead singer Rabia Shaheen Qazi is a modern Grace Slick), play flutes, synthesizers and rockin’ guitars, and generally sound like a neo-pagan-half-metal-half-folk combo and could have a shot at becoming some sort of Peter Gabriel-meets-Jethro-Tull entity at some point.

Suuns, Rose Windows, 9 p.m. Sunday, May 26, Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. $10. Info: 503-231-9663,

‘Round town

• San Francisco’s French transplant Morgan Manifacier plays eloquent classically influenced folk-rock that would appeal to fans of Nick Drake and Bon Iver and will bring his game to The Waypost, 320 N. Williams Ave., at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26. $2 to $5. Info:

• OK, so it’s turning into art rock week, as ethereal, brilliant and poetic Hundred Waters, who sound like sonic waterfalls and talking trees, opens for The XX at 7 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. $47.50. Info: 503-248-4335,

• Eternal Summers, a female-fronted power-pop-punk trio from Roanoke, Va., sound like their name, all danceable, surfable and sunny. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Backspace, 115 N.W. Fifth Ave. $8. All ages. Info: 503-248-2900,

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