May 2, 3, 31

by: COURTESY OF THE CRY - Portlands The Cry has drawn some fine reviews and recently released Dangerous Game, their second album. The band will be playing various shows in May.

They weep for no one

If you caught Irish rockers The Strypes when they were in town recently, you may have also caught opening act power-popsters The Cry. The Portland band joined the Irish boys on stage for a rousing, stage-diving rendition of “Louie Louie.” It was a fitting climax for two young bands inspired by garage rock sounds to create sounds of their own. The Cry dress like the offspring of the New York Dolls, play like The Records backing up The Buzzcocks, obviously like girls a lot and are as hungry as hell to win over the world. They’ve played clubs on both coasts, earned rave reviews from Rolling Stone and Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll and recently released their second album, “Dangerous Game.” If you want to check out one of our city’s best hopes for fun, they’ve got a few gigs this month.

8 p.m. Friday, May 2 with Powder, RAF and The Stops at East End, 203 S.E. Grand Ave. Info: 503-232-0056,

8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, with Tuesdays Project, Nekkid Bonz, others, Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., as part of the “Cancer Sucks/Love Rocks” benefit for Christine Whitfield. Donations accepted. Info:

12 p.m. Saturday, May 31, with The Briefs at East End. $12.

May 4

See her before she goes back inside

One of Portland’s most individually distinct artists, classical-meets-rock-meets pop songwriter-pianist Rachel Taylor Brown has released nine, count ‘em, nine well-crafted albums including her latest “Family.” Musing on her love-hate relationship to her fellow humans, Brown addresses domesticity, religion, babies, trees, you know, all the good stuff. An ambitious songwriter with the grandiose sweep of late-era Beatles or a Tori Amos who wasn’t insane, if Brown just indulged in more publicly outrageous behavior or put out a scandalous videotape, she’d be totally huge. Lucky for her listeners, however, she just keeps writing great music.

Rachel Taylor Brown, Leigh Marble, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $5. Info: 503-288-3895, http://www.mississippistudios


Quick hits

• Melodic, funny wonderful indie pop-rockers We Are Scientists join Paws at the Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St., at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 1. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Info: 503-231-9663,

• Red Bull Sound Select’s next show features Chicago metal trio Russian Circles, Portland heavy rockers Witch Mountain and fast, loud and heavy Gaytheist. 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Tickets are $3 for those who RSVP at $12 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895,

• Full-tilt new wavy garage rockers Radioactivity play catchy melodic driving tunes and are the brainchild of Jeff Burke of The Marked Men. Catch this uplifting band alone with Suspicious Beasts and The Estranged at The Know, 2026 N.E. Alberta St., at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Info: 503-473-8729,

• Canadian country star Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans mesh honky tonk, Americana and outlaw yeehaw-ism into a rousing show. 9 p.m. Monday, May 5, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $13.

Info: 503-248-4700,

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