Oct. 4

Coming out of their shells

Portland indie-dance-pop-rockers Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger have had a pretty good year, releasing their album “I’ll Find You in the Colors,” touring the Northwest and getting their song “The Climb” aired on MTV’s “Awkward.” Led by Dustin Brown on vocals and guitar, NTNT includes Jon West on guitar, James London on synth and bass and Steven Yautz on drums and programming. The band should appeal to fans of OMD, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun and any night you’ve had at a lively dance club that didn’t end with you drunkenly swearing at your ex but embracing him or her in amorous wonder as you leapt about in the driving rain.

Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger, Rare Monk, Torches, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $5. Info: 503-234-5683,

Oct. 5, 10

Cops and burger-lars

Burgerville Records has released its second benefit album “RISE & SHINE” to benefit the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, which provides emergency food and clothing relief families and individuals in need, as well as other local food relief agencies. “RISE & SHINE” showcases Northwest musicians and bands on two 20-track CDs. The SHINE disc features The Dandy Warhols, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Floater, Horse Feathers, Perhapst (John Moen of The Decemberists), Minus 5, Pink Martini and other bands. The RISE disc showcases such local talent as Sara Jackson-Holman, Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, Crown Point, Parson Red Heads, Kasey Anderson & The Honkies, and The Usual Suspects (led by Portland Police Chief Mike Reese). “The absolute worst thing about going on tour is that once we leave the Northwest, I am forced to abstain from Burgerville’s Spicy Anasazi Bean Burgers for weeks on end,” explained alterna-popster Jon Davidson of Crown Point, showcased on the RISE disc. Crown Point is among several acts that have been playing shows at the restaurants around town and in Vancouver.

You can hear Reese’s band playing from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Burgerville at 1122 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., and Crown Point at the restaurant at 8218 N.E. Glisan St. from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. For more info, visit

Oct. 6

Vai-ing for attention

Oct. 6

Vai-ing for attention

Joe Satriani’s most famous pupil, Steve Vai, has just released his first new album in seven years, “The Story of Light,” and it’s something to behold indeed. At times a straight-ahead squealing guitar-laden rock ‘n’ roll album that would make fans of Van Halen happy, it also goes off in a gospel-revival-meets-Broadway-musical direction on such tunes as the absolutely brilliant “Book of the Seven Seals.”

“It’s deep down South meets Midwest white Republican,” adds Vai with a laugh. He notes he’ll play about half the cuts of “Light,” as well as a selection of older stuff. Largely instrumental, the new album displays Vai at his best, an eclectic soul who’s warmer than his former bandleader, Frank Zappa, but more than anyone’s match when it comes to technical prowess. Beverly McClellan, a season one finalist on “The Voice,” appears on “John the Revelator,” and is the opening act and will also perform with Vai.

The guitarist says this album continues a journey of exploration he began on his last studio album “Real Illusions.”

“Ever since I could remember, I’ve always been fascinated with spiritual issues,” he says, noting he was raised Catholic and has studied various esoteric disciplines and such contemporary spiritual writers as Eckhart Tolle. “There’s things that make sense to me that run through the core of religion. At the core of our being is pure consciousness. This simple reality kind of lives behind the mind noise.”

Steve Vai, Beverly McClellan, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $25, $39.50. Info: 503-224-8499,

Steve Vai, Beverly McClellan, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. $25, $39.50. Info: 503-224-8499,

Dancers who deserve a better soundtrack

Remember when burlesque shows were classy affairs populated by tuxedoed Rat Pack singers and smooth-talking politicians with underworld ties? Yeah, we never got into those shows either, but you can ponder the fabled past before exotic dance shows turned into trashy nu metal monstrosities when The Fondells Rhythm & Blues Burlesque Review takes the stage. Vocalists Johnny Ward of Sharkskin Revue, Heidi Hellbender of Oblivion Seekers, Victoria Porter of Karaoke from Hell, Jerry A of Poison Idea and Jon Wallace of Duff’s Garage will sing as dancers Viva Las Vegas, Stilletta Maraschino, Tana the Tattooed Lady, Miss Alex Kennedy and Lucy O’Rebel display their talents. The band features rockabilly drummer Louie Samora, roots rocker and sound engineer Mark Sten on bass, surf rocker Wallace on guitar and blues sax player Stand Ruffo.

The Fondells Rhythm & Blues Burlesque Review, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-2337,

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