May 15, 16

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San Diego folk-pop duo The Lovebirds just released their new album, “Breakup Shmakeup,” and draw inspiration from such acts as Indigo Girls and Teagan and Sara. Lindsay White and Veronica May were a romantic couple, but split up so they could keep making music together. Now that’s commitment. From what we’ve heard, they seem to have agreed to joint custody of each other’s musical talents.

The Lovebirds, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, Marino Adriatic Cafe, 4129 S.E. Division St. All ages. Info: 503-231-1313; 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 16, LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 N.E. Glisan St. Free, 21 and older. Info: 503-232-1504,

by: COURTESY OF IN MUSIC WE TRUST PR - Portland psychedelic garage band The Pynnacles released a CD of their own songs last year and a remake of The Deepest Blues Somebodys Girl recently. They play Dantes, May 17.

May 17

Pynnacle of excess

One of Portland’s premier psychedelic garage rock bands, The Pynnacles, have made what’s old new again with their latest 7-inch vinyl single, a recreation of The Deepest Blue’s “Somebody’s Girl” backed with “Pretty Little Thing.”

No less a garage rock luminary than Greg Prevost, former frontman for The Chesterfield Kings, likes what he hears. The Kings are considered the godfathers of the modern garage rock movement, and Prevost wrote the new single’s liner notes.

“The Deepest Blue, a Stones-bent kickass outfit that hailed from Pomona, Calif., were one of the many happening bands that ruled the roost on the L.A. scene during (1965-68), and in the summer of ‘66, cut one of the most deadly double-sided holy grail masterpieces, ‘Pretty Little Thing’ b/w ‘Somebody’s Girl,’” Prevost wrote. “(B)oth tracks have been re-introduced to the planet via the Pynnacles — a band of today with many parallels to not only the Deepest Blue, whom they are paying homage to with this release, but in general the ultra-heavy ... period of 1965 to 1968.”

The band even employed Ken Zabel, keyboardist for The Deepest Blue, to do the single’s artwork.

“They are truly unique, and if you are ever around the Portland/Seattle area do yourself a favor and check them out!” Zabel wrote on his page at art

Formed out of such bands as Satan’s Pilgrims, Big Elf and Paradise, The Pynnacles released a rockin’ debut last year featuring their own tunes.

“We don’t want to be a tribute band, but we’re all inspired by this era of music,” says Scott Fox, one of the band’s guitarists.

“We love the songwriting, and the sound of the guitars and the keyboards, and the way things were arranged back then,” adds Dave Busacker, who also plays guitar.

The Pynnacles, The RAF Mod Band, The Cry, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. $8. Info: 503-345-7892,

May 18

Melbourne Place

While no song in any way, shape or form should ever feature the overused words “fantasy” or “destiny” again, we’ll make an exception for Strange Talk’s Euro-poppy anthem “Young Hearts.” The song even takes a few lighthearted jabs at “grownups” while celebrating the glories of listening to stereos. It’s like this Melbourne, Australia, synth-pop outfit thinks youth is meant for the young or something. Strange Talk just debuted its first album “Cast Away,” which features Gerard Sidhu on bass, Stephen Docker on vocals and keys, Travis Constable on drums, and Gillan Gregory on guitar and keys. Sounding a bit like Daft Punk or Passion Pit, the bottom line is Strange Talk can make you dance.

Chad Valley, Strange Talk, 9 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

May 19

Before they suffer for you

“Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock music was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters,” the press kit says. Not only is this one of the greatest descriptions ever written about any band’s conception and execution, it also hints at this band’s post-punk economical sound, which evokes early Joy Division, as well as The Fall and Pere Ubu. Songs like “Scum, Rise,” a Spanish-flavored surf rockish tune, absolutely blows away the cobwebs of your mind, for starters.

Protomartyr, 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, the Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water Ave. $8. Info: 503-328-2865,

Bronx balladeer

Ari Hest has a slightly raspy baritone-bass voice that sits easy on the ears. He can play acoustic as well as electric guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica and percussion. His spare lyrics, employed in the service of pop, rock and folk, never insult the listener, and this introspective cat can really rock out when he wants (check out “They’re On To Me” on YouTube). He joins Suzanne Vega for this show.

Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest, 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $32 in advance, $35 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694,