Portland-area live music shows
Local sweethearts Dirty Martini celebrate the release of their new album, 'Tea and Revenge,' with back-to-back shows on both sides of the river.
The ornate interiors of the Bagdad and Mission theaters should provide the perfect setting for this talented trio of songstresses - their songwriting and harmonies have a timeless feel, and the intricacy and interplay won't be lost in the midst of a bar crowd.
Plus, there's something about Dirty Martini that invokes what it felt like to play dress-up as a little kid: There's something glamorous and exotic about their grown-up world.
8:30 p.m. FRIDAY, Sept. 29, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-236-9234; 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 30, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan, 503-223-4527, $12
Seattle singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas has one of those voices - the kind whose beauty and clarity can instantly stop you in your tracks and keep you mesmerized. She's also a tremendously gifted songwriter whose work possesses an equal amount of magnetism.
By some wonderful fluke, she's also a tremendously down-to-earth, funny and grounded performer whose past - seriously - has included stand-up comedy.
Her angelic vocals have blended with the likes of Damien Jurado and Ed Harcourt and made her a critics' darling.
Tonight is an excellent opportunity to see what the fuss is about. You won't be disappointed.
9 p.m. FRIDAY, Sept. 29, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $14
Curumin, Honeycut, Tommy Guerrero
These days, 'world music' implies more of an overall global musical fusion than a flavor indigenous to one particular region.
Tonight's show (which is being presented by local hip-hop maestros Lifesavas) spotlights three diverse artists who make groove-oriented music filtered through very divergent lenses.
Tommy Guerrero is a skateboarding legend and urban musical mixologist, while Bay Area neighbors in Honeycut veer more into soul-oriented territory. Headliner (and fellow Quannum labelmates) Curumin brings a Brazilian slant to the proceedings.
9 p.m. FRIDAY, Sept. 29, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St., 503-239-7639, $8
TV on the Radio
Brooklyn's TV on the Radio has only recently released its major-label debut, but the band already is riding a tidal wave's worth of hype.
That's what happens when David Bowie is your biggest fan, and other supporters include Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Morrissey and Mos Def. Thankfully, the buzz is deserved.
'Return From Cookie Mountain' is at times dark, urgent and oddly soulful - and, in the end, utterly distinctive.
8 p.m. MONDAY, Oct. 2, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $15, all ages
Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart has reunited with Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo for a very limited tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their legendary 'Planet Drum' album.
The record, which was the first to win a Grammy for world music, explored the synergy and creative energy between these legendary percussionists - and this tour provides a rare opportunity to experience that magic firsthand.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, Sept. 29, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $42, all ages