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Blink leader now an Angel.

Byline: Serena Markstrom The Register-Guard

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Blink-182's Tom DeLonge has started a new band. It's called Angels and Airwaves and will be at the McDonald Theatre on Wednesday.

The band formed in 2005 and went into the studio to create what became the May 2006 release, "We Don't Need to Whisper."

DeLonge has his ideas about how he wants fans to hear the new work.

"I really want the room to be dark, with black light or a candle," he says in a news release. "People should have headphones on, and they should be really comfortable, maybe sitting on the floor, leaning against the bed. I spent a year and a half working on this record, trying my hardest to give people a moment of escapism.

`All I ask is 50 minutes of a lowered heart rate."

As a member of Blink-182 for more than a decade, DeLonge says he came to a crossroads in early 2005 when that band was on a break.

"The first choice was to lie around and be sad, thinking back to the times when I was in a big band on top of the world. The second choice was to continue to make new music and take it to a completely different level.

`While I did want to satisfy my Blink fans, I also wanted to bring in a whole new generation of listeners."

He emphasizes that Angels and Airwaves is not a side project, as Box Car Racer is, but the "next half" of his life, the release says.

The show, at 1010 Willamette St., starts at 8 p.m. with openers Under the Influence of Giants. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 at the door.

Cana Son

Today, Tango Center

Those of you who caught Tiempo Libre at the Shedd in October got an earful of timba music, a style that is heavily influenced by a more traditional Cuban music, son.

Today's your chance to hear live son music performed by Cana Son from Portland.

According to a news release, the group focuses on popular Cuban son from the turn of the 19th century through the 1950s.

"Son is the forefather of contemporary salsa music and is said to be the most important genre of Cuban music," the release says.

Cana Son covers material from Trio Matamoros, Ramon Veloz, Ignacio Pineiro, Arsenio Rodriguez, Felix Chapottin, Beny More, la Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz and many others.

To celebrate the release of its self-titled debut CD, the band is coming to the Tango Center, 194 W. Broadway, today for a 9:30 p.m. show. There is a $10 cover at the door.

The Black

Sunday, Cozmic Pizza

The Austin, Texas, band the Black is inspired by Stagger Lee, Bob Dylan, the Band, Stax soul and Hank Williams.

"The Black search restlessly for the familiar rhythm and the hidden note," a news release says.

David Longoria and Alan Schaefer write the songs. Its first release, "Tanglewood," was recorded in 2004.

The Black play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. Eighth Ave. The cover is $5.

Alex Arndt

Monday, Cozmic Pizza

Since becoming a solo artist about a year ago, Alex Arndt has been working hard.

A news release says that Arndt, 27, usually plays his solo material accompanied by an acoustic backing band. Lately, it adds, he is focusing on performing live as often as possible to perfect his artistry and showmanship.

Arndt "creates music that is heartfelt, completely inspired, and not contrived," the release says.

The show starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $2 to $5.

C-Rayz Walz

with Sharkey & DJ P Nyce

Tuesday, Taboo

C-Rayz Walz, one of the original members of the infamous rap crew Stronghold, has been a fixture in the New York hip-hop scene for years, a Taboo news release says.

He hosts hip-hop shows and events and "has more charisma and energy than most rappers can dream of," the release says. "He's battled and beaten the top battle emcees in the world (including freestyle legend Supernatural)."

Wu-Tang member Raekwon hand-picked C-Rayz Walz to open for him on his last tour.

C-Rayz Walz has a new album out, "Year of the Beast." It includes guest appearances by El-P, M-1 of Dead Prez, Jean Grae, Vordul Mega of Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic.

Tickets are $5 and available the night of the show, which starts at 9 p.m. Taboo is at 23 W. Sixth Ave.

Keola Beamer

Wednesday, the Shedd

Keola Beamer's musicianship accentuates the stories that his songs tell about the culture and the experience of being Hawaiian in a contemporary world.

The repertoire he presents is a three-dimensional experience, combining the elements of mele (song), hula (dance) and oli (chant) with native percussion instruments and Hawaiian folklore.

Beamer has played guitar, piano, and y ohe hano ihu (Hawaiian nose flute). He studied hula and sang in glee clubs and taught ki ho alu (slack-key guitar) in the 1970s.

Concert tickets are $22 to $30. Pre-concert dinners are available before the show in the Great Hall at 6 p.m. Reservation -only meals are $17.50.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Hot Buttered Rum

Wednesday, WOW Hall

Hot Buttered Rum may have started out as a string band, but it has emerged as a leader in a musical movement to return to organic and sustainable roots, according to a WOW Hall release.

The band draws from folk, Americana and bluegrass, but feels free to explore every type of music that's out there.

The band tours in a bus that runs on alternative fuels and was nominated for a Defender of the Earth award from Rock the Earth.

Its five musicians "deliver their sociopolitical message via some of the most original, melodic and memorable songwriting that has surfaced in the roots music scene in years," the release says.

Matt Butler will open the 9 p.m. show. He creates organic grooves and songs with American Indian drums, didgeridoo, trapset and vocals.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The WOW Hall is at 291 W. Eighth Ave.

Mr. Gnome

Thursday, Diablo's

Bargain-hunting rock lovers should plan on heading to Diablo's on Thursday, because there are four bands lined up to play all night, starting at 10 p.m., for just $3.

The Ingredients, a local band, leads off, with Cleveland-based mr. Gnome up second, the Cops third and Ultraterrestrial closing it down.

The Cops have been through town before, but this is mr. Gnome's Eugene debut.

The band's press bio quotes an article that describes mr. Gnome as "a definitively bipolar Massive Attack, with a whisper-to-shout, gentle femi- ninity-to-testosterone rage."

Mr. Gnome released its self-titled EP in November. You can hear samples of the CD at www.myspace.com/mrgnome.

Diablo's/Downtown Lounge is at 959 Pearl St.

Voodoo Glow Skulls

Thursday, WOW Hall

The Voodoo Glow Skulls are headlining the show, but don't forget to go early and catch the Wetsock, a Eugene band the name of which is constantly being misspelled.

The seven-member Glow Skulls have amassed quite a list of achievements in the band's 16 years.

With seven albums, 1 million records sold and shows all over the world, the band also has on its resume starting a record store, a record label, a recording studio and a music venue, according to a WOW Hall release.

The Voodoo Glow Skulls mesh "hardcore punk, traditional ska, tough guitar riffs and the Mexican music of their roots to create the prototype for the West Coast ska-core sound, influencing a wide range of bands from Sublime to No Doubt," the release says.

Wetsock goes on at 8 p.m., followed by Time Again and Against All Authority.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.
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