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Sept. 14

Fully loaded

The first thing to know about L.A.’s The 44’s is they self-produced their debut album for $800, but it became a Top 20 blues charts hit nonetheless. Which goes to show you that making something people want to hear has very little to do with wads of dough and a lot to do with wads of soul. These standup-bass-drums-guitar-harmonica-fueled blues-rock cats ain’t pretty, but they swing like a politician talking about Syria, except in the case of The 44’s, the only bombing they approve will be at the bar.

The 44’s, 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. 7th Ave. $12. Info: 503-234-2337, www.duffsgarage.com.

You must see this show

There are many reasons NOT to miss underground legendary soul artist Swamp Dogg’s upcoming show, but we can only list a few.

1. He made President Richard Nixon’s enemies list.

2. His album cover for “Rat On,” which features him sitting astride a white rat, was voted “Worst Album Cover of All Time.”

3. He’s probably the only artist who’s been compared to both Sly Stone and Frank Zappa.

4. And last, but far from least, he’s invited his 91-year-old mother, Vera Lee, to open the show. Now that’s class.

In other words, in a world of soul, R ’n’ B and funk pretenders, Swamp Dogg is a true king, a funny, sincere, soulful cat who digs white country music (which he loves to sing) as much as black blues, which makes him as much a reason to hope for a better, harmonious America as you could ever find this side of heaven.

Swamp Dogg, The Pynnacles, Vera Lee, 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. $15. Info: 503-345-7892, www.danteslive.com.

Sept. 15

Know your rites

Gutter-voiced thrash band Ramming Speed has just released a new single called “Crushing Dissent.” It is totally awesome! We believe that Congress and President Obama should form a mosh pit and slam to this once they finally decide what to do about Syria or, heck, once they finally decide what to do about anything.

It’s three minutes and five seconds of controlled chaos, with lyrics like “Scattered debris/A failed attempt at democracy. Duties fulfilled/And roles played!” Look it up on YouTube, it’s quite frightening. And don’t forget to vote.

Valient Thorr, Lord Dying, Ramming Speed, 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-5683, www.rotture.com.

Sept. 17

by: COURTESY OF PAPER LIONS - Canadian rockers Paper Lions strike harmonic balance and feature old-school singing, and theyll play Mississippi Studios, Sept. 17. Where the Lions are

If the Beach Boys had been sensitive soccer players secretly weeping over every shin bruise, or better yet, insensitive baristas slinging coffee by day and playing indie rock at night, they might have been Paper Lions, one of the better rock 'n' roll bands to come out of Canada during the past few years.

Whereas too much modern rock features either needlessly overwrought vocals or, at the other extreme, wimpy pipes, Paper Lions has struck a perfect balance harmonically while playing damn good guitar lines that owe everyone from George Harrison and Jimmy Page to Johnny Marr and The Edge.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the group’s members, brothers Rob and John MacPhee along with Colin Buchanan and Cyrus MacDonald, are rooted in an old-school approach to singing, which gives them musical depth, but also evince a clever cut-and-paste approach to choruses and verses that marks them as a young band trying to create their own niche.

The Octopus Project, Paper Lions, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.