Jan. 4

One sharp harp

When Hank Shreve plays harmonica, at times it sounds like two or three guys are playing, such is his command of the Mississippi saxophone. A full-throated blues singer, Shreve hails from Eugene and has twice been named Best Harmonica Player by the Cascade Blues Association, which also named his band Best Regional Act this year. Shreve won the Northwest Harmonica Championship in 2006 and, if that’s not enough, he also can play organ, piano and drums. Check out his YouTube video for “Boogie Boss Baby.”

Hank Shreve Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-2337,

Louder than love

White Chocolate and the Cigarettes sound like outtakes from a Jimi Hendrix session that Lenny Kravitz listened to, tried to copy, but then forgot since he was too busy dwelling on his admittedly fine looks. So the tapes lie around until discovered by this scruffy, insane duo comprised of Chase J. Spross on drums and Michael WhitbyLife on guitar and vocals, who went, “Whoa! This stuff rocks our collective worlds!” and proceeded to try to write songs inspired by said tapes.

Like many noisy stoner rock bands in these politically correct, oh-so-sensitive times, they probably don’t realize they’re actually playing unapologetically macho rock that once was what any self-respecting bunch of longhairs played.

White Chocolate and the Cigarettes, Wnba Jam, Kaizen Rex, Andy Brain of Brain Capital, 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, Blue Monk, 3341 S.E. Belmont St. Free. Info: 503-595-0575,

Form follows funk-tion

West Linn’s Top Hat Confederacy has like 13 million members, most of whom play horns, quite well we might add, or sing and play old school funk and soul layered with jazzy hip-hop touches and occasional reggae rhythms. Founding member and bassist Alex Koehler composes all the band’s originals, and it’s clear from listening to the group they aspire to Tower of Power/Chicago/Steely Dan heights.

Top Hat Confederacy, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., $8 in advance, $10 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100,

Jan. 7

Three bands, three bucks

So here’s a groovy and very reasonably priced show, presented by Red Bull Sound Select. Headliners Pickwick hail from Seattle, and sport a neo-soul indie rock sound. Lead vocalist Galen Disston has a strong tenor voice that glides nicely over the group’s ever-danceable arrangements.

Meanwhile, the sonically ambitious Portland quartet Lost Lander, led by guitarist-singer Matt Sheehy, includes Dave Lowensohn (bass), Patrick Hughes (drums) and Sarah Fennell (keys). This outfit plays competently crafted indie pop rock with folk, progressive and just a wee bit of psychedelic garage sounds that often showcase interwoven harmonies and passionate vocals. Dreamy, and we mean dreamy, Portland R&B producers Magic Fades have built a following on the web with their vapor wavey work and open the show.

Pickwick, Lost Lander, Magic Fades, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 830 E Burnside St. Tickets are $3 when you RSVP at First come, first served. Info: 503-231-9663,

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