NATASHA KMETO, GRAINTABLE, NICKY MASON
BLUE GIANT, BOBBY BARE JR.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Kevin and Anita Robinson have dabbled in full-on rock and pop as Viva Voce, but while their work in Blue Giant takes a noticeably different approach—digging into American roots music—the Robinsons have not completely abandoned their penchant for psych-pop. Blue Giant essentially combines Kevin and Anita's 'Bama roots with the gray, indie-rock climes of Portland. And it works. The songs on their self-titled LP are twangy and—to the point—still muscular, and always catchy. Live, Blue Giant is a force. Harmonies are constant, guitars plenty loud, and you never know what covers the band might have up their sleeves. There's also a chance you won't be able to distinguish the covers from the BG originals—never a bad thing. MARK LORE
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Los Angeles—based Fitz and the Tantrums sprang to mild notoriety a year or so ago based largely on the quality of their lead-off single "Don't Gotta Work it Out," which is a damn fine revival of the soul-pop from which it descended. It's their best work, but almost anything from their catalog will get my lazy ass moving. Michael Fitzpatrick, AKA the founder/singer/songwriter with the weird hair, has a decent voice and range, but the real treat here is co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs, whose onstage charisma and charm may be worth the price of admission alone. GRANT BRISSEY
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