Sharing the blame
Portland's Rob Stroup and The Blame are celebrating the release of their debut album 'Glass Ceilings,' and it's a low-key yet yee-hawish bittersweet-meets-better-days ride down dusty roads. Songs include the jaunty rockabilly number 'Chasing Musey,' the midnight feeling trucker-friendly title cut and the meditative ballad 'Columbus Day.' The Blame consists of front man and guitarist Stroup, bassist Tim Huggins, lead guitarist Bob Dunham and drummer Anders Bergstrom. What makes this show extra special is the addition of semi-poppy indie folkie soloist Chris Robley and The Minus 5 featuring Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M.
Rob Stroup and The Blame, Chris Robley, The Minus 5, 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $10. Info: 503-493-3600, thesecretsocietylounge.com.
Just out of beach
As Halloween approaches, some of you may be unable to wait till that evening to put your scary on and dance with the boogie man. No worries, on the routinely most awful day of the week, you can travel to the haunted shores of your mind with Portland's Orca Beach, our city's best-dressed post-punk surf pop trio, and Guantanamo Baywatch, our city's most tasteless-song-titles-that-disguise-good-rockin'-surf-party-music band. Costume-wearers and dancing twisters be aware, there's a contest as well.
Monster Beach Party with Orca Team, Guantanamo Baywatch, DJ Matt Stanger, 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, East End, 203 S.E. Grand Ave. Info: 503-236-0056, eastendpdx.com.
All together now
Have you ever watched a band on stage and wished you could just start jamming with it? Here's your chance - The Everyone Orchestra is a nationally touring improvisational band that features a revolving cast of musicians from bands like Los Lobos, The Motet, The March Fourth Marching Band, Hot Buttered Rum, Vagabond Opera, Taarka, Leftover Salmon and you, the average Jane or Joe in the audience. That's right, this show is designed to turn all of us into musical stars, and really, isn't that what we all secretly desire?
The Everyone Orchestra, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 Alberta St. $12. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com.
What can't this kid do?
He plays nine gazillion instruments, most notably the banjo; has released electronica, folk, symphonic and Christmas albums; and draws on the Bible, regional history and the Chinese Zodiac, among other things, for songwriting inspiration. He's Sufjan Stevens, and his somewhat wispy voice disguises a huge, epic appetite to express pretty much everything he finds interesting about existence in song, with apparently nothing to guide him but his own muse. Aspiring music heroes, take note.
Sufjan Stevens, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., $34.75, $43. Info: 503-248-4335, pcpa.com/events/asch.php.
Oct. 30, 31
Out go the lights
The Japanese electronica music duo Boom Boom Satellites features guitarist and vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima and bassist and programmer Masayuki Nakano. For two decades now, they've combined jazz, rock, bass-heavy nu skool and punk to become darlings of the anime scene, tour with Moby and do remixes for such artists as Garbage. You can catch them on Halloween with Portland's own kings of Chinatown dance rock The Slants.
Boom Boom Satellites CD signing, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St.; Boom Boom Satellites, The Slants, 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, Peter's Room at Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $15. All ages. Info: 503-224-2038, roselandpdx.com.