When eagles soar
One listen to The Shatterbrains and it's 1984 all over again - you can see the long hair swingin', the guitarist sticking his tongue out as he freakin' wails, and the drummer tossing his sticks out to the crowd after a TOTALLY AWESOME SOLO! This is goodtime metal, which will be coupled with the more complex progressive-rock-meets-metal-meets-pseudo-operatic-grunge of The Bittersoundfase.
The Shatterbrains, The Bittersoundfase, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, Carefree Bar and Grill, 10209 S.E. Division St. Free. Info: 503-774-6404.
All they are saying
You've heard Roger Clyne more than you know, given that he was in The Refreshments, who penned the theme song to the TV show 'King of the Hill.' Well this Arizona boy has been penning classic rock-flavored tunes with The Peacemakers for years now, and the band sounds like it would fit in comfortably at a Bon Jovi after party or a Los Lobos bacchanal, with a bit more alternative jangle and country western jingle thrown in for good measure. The band includes fellow ex-Refreshment and drummer PH Naffah, as well as Jim Dalton, formerly of The Railbenders, on lead guitar and Nick Scropos on bass.
Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, Berbati's Pan, 231 Ankeny St. $20 in advance, $23 day of show. Info: 503-226-2122, berbati.com.
Singer-songwriter Keller Williams plays for grown-ups, kids, alone and with such groups as String Cheese Incident and the bluegrass Keels. He's a testament to how an artist using such contemporary audio technology as loops and effects combined with an impeccable taste in folk rock, alternative rock, reggae, electronica, jazz and funk can make a one-man jam-band sound like a packed party.
Keller Williams with Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way. $35 to 49. All ages, ages 1 and up need their own ticket. Info: 503-797-9616, rosequarter.com.
Keller Williams Solo, 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $22 in advance, $24 day of show. 21 and over. Info: 503-234-9694, aladdin-theater.com.
Just call it rawk
It's been called stoner rock or desert rock, but few do it better than its originators Masters of Reality with their fearless leader, Chris Goss. From his humble beginnings in the Syracuse, N.Y., rock scene of the 1980s through a collaboration with Ginger Baker of Cream and Blind Faith to producing Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, Goss has become one of the genuine living links between the classic metal and rock eras and all that followed, from punk to grunge. Even if you don't think you like hard rock, you will after an MOR show.
Masters of Reality, Zander Schloss, Sean Wheeler, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $15 in advance, $17 day of show. 21 and older. Info: 503-225-0047, mcmenamins.com.
Ashia Grzesik of Vagabond Opera, Portland Cello Project and Cirque du Soleil is a cellist with a Broadway singer's voice who's so talented she makes you want to get a refund on your music lessons because you know you'll never catch up with her. She's releasing a single 'Put the Blame on Mame' in a show featuring Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera on accordion and burlesque belly dancer Karolina Wyneken as 'Mame.' Eliza Rickman will open the evening playing a toy piano and singing. This is a great opportunity to get your less cultured friends intoxicated and introduce them to some highbrow sounds they might be afraid to try otherwise.
Ashia Grzesik, Eliza Rickman, 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, The Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $5 to $15 sliding scale at door. All ages. Info: 503-493-3600, thesecretsocietylounge.com.