Nov. 23

Flat abs have feelings too

Tattooed muscular hard rock bands like Halestorm and In This Moment (both female fronted, the latter by Maria Brink, who has a scarily amazing voice) as well as Eve to Adam play the kind of direct, primal, anthemic music that cuts through all the baloney and says, “I’m mad as (insert favored profanity) and I’m not going take it anymore!” Turn off the Ultimate Fighting Championship and prepare to party.

Halestorm, In This Moment, Eve to Adam, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $16. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100,

Nov. 24

Cartoon carnage

Brendon Small may have the coolest job on earth. Creator of the Adult Swim dark comedy series “Metalocalypse” and leader of the virtual band Dethlok, he’s been both mocking and loving metal in animated form for years. He adds that Dethlok fans will enjoy “a completely original animated piece built for live playing” this Saturday.

“It’s a really incredibly fun show,” he says. “It’s built for music, but it’s also a place for comedy.” The show will run a little more than an hour, involve the audience, feature fake commercials and offer advice for metal dudes on how to deal with those somewhat rare sights at death metal shows — women.

Small adds that he’s as surprised as anyone his “fake” band, so to speak, actually released the highest charting death metal record of all time, 2009’s “Dethalbum II.” So how did that go over with the serious death metal community?

“I’m sure that there are some who don’t really care for that information,” he says. However, don’t get him wrong — Small is a true believer who absolutely loves theatrical over-the top metal, and if your band plays it, put on those stern faces and go for the melodrama, he says.

“As an audience member I want my favorite metal bands to take themselves as seriously as possible,” he says. “I think there’s been enough shoegazer bands who hate the audience.”

Dethlok, All That Remains, Machine Head, Black Dahlia Murder, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $35, $50. Info: 503-224-8499, (8499),

Trio set to Rohr

Rohr consists of Karen Kindler Rohr on electric mandolin and vocals, her mother Gail Kindler on bass and Chase Watkins on drums. The group plays progressive alternative rock with a dash of pop appeal and occasionally bluesy undertones that appeal to fans of Veruca Salt, Soundgarden, Rush and other hard rock, metal or grunge flavored acts. Rohr adds that her electric mandolin bridges the worlds of acoustic and electric sounds. “I think people who play guitar would notice the difference, but with distortion it sounds like a guitar,” she says. “The patterns are different, and you think of different combinations than you would with guitar somewhat.”

Rohr, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Park Place Coffee, 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave, Free. All ages. Info: 503-808-1244,

Nov. 26

One-party rule

Karl Wallinger, the man who is World Party, broke into the charts in the mid-1980s after departing The Waterboys, and has penned some of the most intellectually pleasing yet completely danceable rock ‘n’ pop music ever, from “Ship of Fools” to “Put the Message in the Box.” Wallinger is one of those songwriters you can listen to endlessly, because he’s fun AND educational. He’s touring to promote his new five-CD set “Arkeology,” which contains all kinds of old and new stuff, including live versions of his hits. The Windsor Player, a wonderfully listenable act, with members from Snow Patrol, Dandy Warhols and Freak Mountain Ramblers, joins the show.

World Party, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free All ages. Info: 503-231-8926,; With The Windsor Player, 9 p.m. Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. $22 in advance, $24 day of show. Info: 503-231-WOOD,

‘Round town

Portland folk popsters Alialujah Choir join Y La Bamba and Shy Girls for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $15. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694,

Singer-songwriters Christopher Neil Young, Jeremy Murphy and Joshua Hedlund play Backspace, 115 N.W. Fifth Ave., at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. $5. All ages. Info: 503-248-2900,

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