LOVE IS THE MESSAGE: IBQT, HOLLA N' OATES, ROY G BIV
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) Valentine's Eve is as good a time as any to start a statewide weekend of parties and forums aimed at making sure same-sex marriage clears this fall's ballot. Called Love Is the Message, the whole shebang kicks off at Dig a Pony, with performances from IBQT, Holla 'N Oates, and Roy G Biv. DENIS C. THERIAULT
CHARLES NEVILLE, TEZETA BAND, QUADRAPHONNES, MANIMALHOUSE, THE DIRIGIBLE BROTHERS, REDRAY FRAZIER
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) It's not every day that you get to see one of the members of the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the band that evolved into the Neville Brothers. (If you don't know who the Neville brothers are, you're probably younger than 21 and think Dr. John is a wart-removing cream.) Charles, the second eldest Neville brother, has done everything from touring with a band on the road, to singing and producing, to heroin, to playing mostly saxophone with equally seasoned musicians. His musical style, like his family's, revolves around his New Orleans jazz roots, mixing blues and funk with occasional bouts of reggae. ROSE FINN
(Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd) The early days of Rose Windows—after guitarist Chris Cheveyo and drummer Pat Schowe moved to Seattle from Texas—were spent alongside the birth and development of another Sub Pop band: the Head and the Heart. But that shared background is where comparisons between the two bands end. Where TH&TH is a paragon of the gentle folk-rock sound of right now, Rose Windows sounds like it was plucked from the '60s, dipped in the '70s, and shipped to the present. Cheveyo, Schowe, & Co. play authentically vintage psychedelic music that riffs like Black Sabbath, rocks like early Jefferson Starship (vocalist Rabia Qazi will grow tired of the Grace Slick comparisons, if she hasn't already), and wanders the Eastern Hemisphere like Marco Polo. On their 2013 album The Sun Dogs, Rose Windows makes a decades-old style sound fresh, and does so with ease. BEN SALMON
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