April 26

Danz with Franz

by: COURTESY OF FRANZ FERDINAND - Indie dance rockers Franz Ferdinand have been influenced by Devo, Oingo Boingo and Talking Heads. They play Roseland Theater, April 26.Bob Hardy got started a lot later on the bass than most people who play it, not even picking one up till he was 21.

"One of the reasons I never played bass was because I couldn't be good at it immediately," he says. "But it was kind of easier than I'd thought it would be."

Hardy's angular bass-playing forms an integral part of the sound of Franz Ferdinand, the Glasgow indie dance rockers coming to town this week. Along with Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals), Hardy has enjoyed multiple music awards as well as record sales in the millions. Combining influences from Devo, Oingo Boingo and Talking Heads, the band was part of a Brit rock revival in the last decade along with such groups as Kaiser Chiefs.

"Initially we wanted a guitar band that would emulate the dynamics of dance music," Hardy says in a phone interview from Scotland, musing on the group's art school origins in 2002. "I think we put a lot of emphasis on rhythm. If you listen to our guitar parts, they're quite rhythmic."

The band's 2013 album, "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action," will form the heart of their latest show, Hardy says, noting the band plans to play seven or eight songs off the album, along with a bunch of older tunes. "Goodbye Lovers and Friends," the swan song on "Right Thoughts" seems to be a crowd pleaser, he says.

"That's been amazing having the whole audience sing along," he says. "It kind of makes your hair stand on end."

The group likes to put on a good light show as well, he says, noting the band's smart aesthetic, rooted in Russian avant-garde album cover imagery and vocally enunciated sonic attack, seems to play well wherever they jam.

"I think human beings tend to respond to music in very similar ways," he says, adding the group has no designs other than continuing to record and tour. "There's no big grand plan for any concept albums or West End shows," he adds with a chuckle.

Franz Ferdinand, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $30. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499,

April 26, 30

Get off your Duff

After 12 years at its original location, Duff's Garage, home of all things blues, rockabilly and rootsy, is moving to 2530 N.E. 82nd Ave.

The last show at the current location takes place at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and features the Robbie Laws Blues Party with Duffy Bishop, Chris Carlson and A.C. Porter. The first show at the new location, a blues jam with Suburban Slim, takes place at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. For more info, call Joey Scruggs at 503-896-9683.

April 29

Three in one

Los Lonely Boys’ Jojo (bass, vocals), Ringo (drums, vocals) and Henry Garza (guitar, vocals) suffered quite the blow last year when Henry fell off a stage and injured his spinal cord. Over the past year, Garza has gradually healed and one of rock 'n' roll's all-time best trios is back out on the road with its Tex-Mex blues, soul and countrified tunes.

Unlike some other rock trios, Los Lonely Boys has eschewed mindless machismo for meditative muscle, bringing a romantic sensitivity to their music while still more than holding their own against any of their power peers. Every American should check them out at least once before he or she dies if only to understand how great this country sounds when people combine their various ethnic and social sounds to make a conscious party.

Los Lonely Boys, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $32.50 in advance, $35 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694,

April 30

Fenix rises

Saxophonist-vocalist Fenix Sanders blows his groovy R&B, blues and jazz every Wednesday with his band The Fenix Project from 9-11:45 p.m. at The Blue Diamond, 2016 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Gifted with a raspy, soulful voice that can preach salvation to sinners and good times to the downhearted, his music is perfectly tailored to smooth out all your mental bumps on hump day. Best of all, it's free.

Info: 503-230-9590,

May 1

Using all the colors

Formed in 2004, L.A.'s Warpaint features Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman on guitars and vocals, Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass and vocals, and Stella Mozgawa on drums.

This outfit most famously featured actress Shannyn Sossamon, Lindberg's sister, on drums until 2008, and has evolved into a hypnotic, experimental, chant-meets-trance outfit that is decidedly not pandering to its audience. You have to listen to their tunes a few times to "get" them, but once you do, you find they gently pull you in even if you don't know exactly where they're taking you.

A decidedly West Coast band, given its wavy ambience and neo-pagan sound, Warpaint don't "rock" so much as roll, are more progressive than they probably realize, and have a very good chance at making you want to snuggle in their sonic cradle and stare at the foamy toy stars hanging overhead.

Warpaint, James Supercave, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 1, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Info: 503-284-8686,

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