Dec. 21

Sore throat

Some bands, like the Rolling Stones, start out with one singer and stick with him or her forever. Then there are groups like Deep Purple, Van Halen and Iron Maiden, whose fans often split along the lines of who was that particular group’s best vocalist. For later-to-the-party Maiden fans, it’s likely Bruce Dickinson wears that crown, but the band’s original fans might be prepared to go to battle for Paul Di’Anno, who sang on the metal legends’ eponymously titled debut. Like any self-respecting — or self-destructing — metal singer, the punkish Di’Anno was eventually fired from Maiden for actually doing the kinds of things rock ‘n’ roll music often encourages, like partying. Yet he nonetheless survived to go forth and wreak havoc with such groups as Gogmagog, Battlezone and Killers (which also was the name of the second Maiden studio album he sang on). Di’Anno will sing all of “Iron Maiden” as well as some of the band’s tunes off of “Killers” at this show.

Paul Di’Anno, Lonero, Splintered Throne, Gladius, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. 21 and older. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Info: 503-233-7100.

Occupy music!

According to the bio for the Patchwork Family Band, guitarists and singers Sam Gustafson and Justin James Bridges “met at Occupy Portland (where Bridges served as a interpreter for the deaf) and became good friends at the camp, waking up in the morning to play whatever songs came to mind, and developing a sound together.” As time went on, they formed a huge jam band, which then reformed as a “multi-genre, good time (group) known as Patchwork Family Band.” The outfit combines blues, rock, hip-hop, folk, reggae and jazz (you can hear everyone from early Jefferson Airplane and Joan Baez to Blind Melon in their sound). Since the band formed about a year ago, it’s already played all over Oregon as well as in Seattle, California and Texas. Its other members sport some nifty names, with Mermaid on flute, harmonica, guitar and vocals and Renaissance on bass and vocals.

The Patchwork Family Band, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Plew’s Brews, 8409 N. Lombard St. Info:

Dec. 25

Coal in your stocking

Maybe you’ve filled up with mashed potatoes and gravy and have had quite enough of Aunt Mary questioning your decision to drop out of school and marry that guy twice your age you met at Burning Man. Or maybe you get really upset whenever you see a nativity scene in a public park and trip over yourself to call the ACLU to file a lawsuit before any small child is corrupted by seeing three wise men near a taxpayer funded entity. Either way, Christmas is a bummer for you, man, and you need to hear some serious guitar-shredding blues to get it out of your system. Well, if there’s one cat who can do that, it’s Portland’s Suburban Slim (Phil Wagner) who plays with the Strange Tones and is well known round these parts for his blues jams.

Suburban Slim, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, Mock Crest Tavern, 3435 N. Lombard St. Free. Info: 503-283-5014,

Dec. 27

Atlas boogies

Now here’s a shock — a trio has emerged during the past five years from, of all places, San Francisco, that engages in experimental music, heavily influenced by performance art, featuring brass, strings quartets and dubstep. All kidding aside, the highly entertaining and danceable Beats Antique features producers David Satori and Tommy Capel as well as world-renowned belly dance performer and music producer Zoe Jakes. Formed in 2007 in conjunction with producer Miles Copeland, the group is among the ever-growing number of electronica-meets-live-instruments groups cutting and pasting musical styles from all over the globe, indeed, from all over history, to create a new soundtrack for an increasingly digitally connected global community yearning for actual spiritual connection but not quite sure whom to trust to create those bonds.

Beats Antique, 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047,

‘Round Town

TheEnd of the World Tour featuring vintage rockers A Happy Death, noir rockers The We Shared Milk, and Lydian Gray, kicks off at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. It’s a free 21-and-older show. Info: 503-360-1450,

If you couldnt get tickets to the sold-out 2 Chainz show this week, fear not, your thirst for rhymes can be slaked. The dean of our hometown hip hop scene, Cool Nutz, will be releasing a new album “Portland Ni%#a” AND holding a toy drive, along with Illmaculate, Beejan, DJ OG One and DJ Fatboy, at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave. $10. Info: 503-248-1030,

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