July 22

Buzz cuts

While we can’t prove it, we suspect marijuana is slowly becoming legal in our land because of the vibes spread by rock-reggae-hip-hop party bands like The Dirty Heads. It’s hard to argue with a straight face against legalizing weed when many of the people smoking it look like the same people destined to serve on your local suburban school board in five to 10 years.

The Huntington Beach, Calif.’s, band’s latest album “Cabin by the Sea” contains one summer-beach-party-friendly tune after another, including the title track as well as songs featuring such guests as Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu. It’s the sound of nice guys finishing first.

The Dirty Heads, Big B, The Expendables, 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $20 to $75. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686,

July 23, 24

Original Koppy

“A life that’s lived without regrets is one that ain’t been lived/And the saddest memories all begin ‘What if?’ ” sings folkie-singer-guitarist Michael Koppy.

“What if I had gone to see Koppy?” is not a question fans of quality lyrics and flowing guitar lines should ask themselves given they’ll get two opportunities to see this cat next week.

Koppy composed “All in the Timing: A Hollywood Romance in Seven Chapters,” 28 minutes of nonrepeating lyrics which SiriusXM believes is the longest song they’ve ever played on satellite radio.

Another song Koppy wrote, “Nineteen Years Old,” was the top song on several South Carolina commercial AM stations for nine straight weeks earlier this year, and earned Koppy a handwritten note from “Mr. Baby Ducks” himself, Tom T. Hall, who took a shine to the song’s story about a true love that never died.

Koppy, a Portland native who lives in San Francisco, will sign copies of “Ashmore’s Store,” his latest disc, which comes housed in a 112-page hardbound book, complete with lyrics, stories and photos of his days growing up in the South, at a bookstore appearance the day after his show.

Michael Koppy, Frank Lindamood, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Mock Crest Tavern, 3435 N. Lombard St. Free. Info: 503-283-5014,

Koppy signing, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, St. John’s Books, 8622 N. Lombard St. Info: 503-283-0032.

July 24

Meow say fun

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, The Cat Empire is one of those bands that makes you terribly jealous you’re not a member simply because they look like they have way more fun than you’ll ever have.

Having released five albums during the past decade, the horn-happy party band combines jazz, ska, funk and rock with lots and lots of Latin sounds. They’re touring to support their latest album, “Steal the Light,” and promise to put on THE show of the week in town, that is, if you’re alive and ready to dance until you sweat like a politician explaining away improprieties as peccadilloes, at a news conference.

Don’t miss openers and fellow Aussies Tinpan Orange, featuring “six-foot frontwoman Emily Lubitz (their words, not ours).” She gorgeously sings avant-garde-folk, combined with songhall-meets-cabaret music backed by an operatic outfit that sounds more than ready to headline a tour.

The Cat Empire, Tinpan Orange, 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $20. Info: 503-231-9663,

Round town

  • Goth godfather Peter Murphy will performing nothing but Bauhaus material at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. Veteran progressive rockers Ours opens. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. 21 and older. Info: 503-233-7100,

  • Neo-grungey indie rockers and Pitchfork buzz band Speedy Ortiz play Habesha Restaurant, 801 N.E. Broadway St., at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 21. $5. Info: 503-284-4299.

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