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Portland-area live music shows
Nearly two decades into their career, New Jersey punk-pop veterans Bouncing Souls show no signs of slowing down. Their new album, 'Gold Record,' is chock-full of energetic, anthemic and hugely contagious songs.
While you'll find plenty of pogo-worthy party music, the album includes a moving song with lyrics written by a frustrated soldier in Iraq.
The Bouncing Souls are proof that growing up doesn't have to mean getting boring, and neither does getting serious.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, Oct. 27, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-2038, $13, all ages
At 25, Jackie Greene already has released four critically acclaimed albums and traversed musical territory that ranges from coffeehouse folk to near-perfect pop-rock.
His new album, 'An American Myth,' retains a slight twang of rootsiness even in its more polished tracks, but what sets this young talent apart is his ability to create songs that tell stories.
Whether it's the lost souls who haunt 'Hollywood' or the push-pull pair who populate 'When You're Walking Away,' Greene creates characters - and emotions - you can relate to.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, Oct. 28, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $15, all ages
There's a girlishness to Shawn Colvin's voice that belies the grit and wit of her songwriting.
Often compared to Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris, Colvin's a remarkable wordsmith who excels at expressing the bitter and the sweet with grace and restraint.
Regret colors most of the material on 'These Four Walls,' her first album in half a decade - but in her hands it's a beautiful shade.
6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 29, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $26.50-$28, all ages
It's always good to set yourself apart from the crowd, particularly in a city where it seems even the mailman plays in a band.
Buoy LaRue is making its debut with a splash, with a seated performance at the CoHo Theater that includes a screening of short films.
It's an artsy and ambitious move that perfectly suits the band's melancholy, string-laden version of indie rock.
To further enhance the experience, the band is offering the first in a series of limited-edition versions of their CDs done by artist Jeff Davis.
8 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 29, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-220-2646, $14, all ages
What better way to gear up for the holiday than to spend the night before Halloween hanging out with the black-clad crowd that flocks to KMFDM shows?
One of the first bands to pioneer industrial music, this beat-heavy troop of revolving characters is like a haunted house - more fun than scary, and just as heavy on entertainment value.
Scratch beneath the surface and you'll find a wickedly smart worldview and a well-developed sense of humor and irony.
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $18