Oct. 18

The girls are back in town

In September, the Japanese all-female rock ‘n’ roll trio Akabane Vulgars put on a killer show at Slabtown that most of you missed. Now you have a chance for redemption by checking out this powerful semi-thrashy punk-blues-a-billy trio featuring sisters Yumi Uchinozo, on guitar and vocals, and Miki Uchinozo on bass and vocals, as well as Kei Sofue, on drums and vocals. The group explodes like old-school punk rockers on stage, and eschews pretty soprano vocals that often characterize female bands for straight-on, almost guttural alto-flavored attack.

Akabane Vulgars, You Guys, DJ Ken Dirtnap, The Cry! 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $5. Info: 971-229-1455.

Oct. 19

Different kind of duo

We’ve got lots of guitar-drum duos these days, so it’s time for other instruments to take the stage, and Big Gigantic does just that with Dominic Lalli’s lyrical saxophone, which would not sound out of place on a 1980s cop movie soundtrack. Lalli and his musical partner, Jeremy Salken, also use electronic beats and sampling to augment their flamboyant attack, which would appeal to fans of hip-hop, smooth jazz, dubstep, house and funk.

Big Gigantic, Griz, 9 p.m. Friday Oct. 19, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $16. $20. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686,

Oct. 20

Barry good

Portland singer-songwriter Barry Brusseau is reportedly somewhat insecure about the “imperfections of my voice.” It’s not clear why since it’s got a great timbre and nice range, and works well within the demands of his style, which evokes that of Leonard Cohen and other similarly minded poetic, conversational writers. His second album “Royal Violent Birds” features his brother, Tim Ward, who played with Brusseau in pop-punk band The Jimmies, as well as Sally Ford and the Sound Outside’s Tyler Tornfelt, Double Clicks’ Aubrey Webber on cello, and jazz horn player Michael Paul.

Barry Brusseau, Jon Ransom, Cait Olds, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $5. Info: 503-493-3600,

Grass with class

The Eastside Bluegrass Series takes place at Freedom Foursquare Church, 660 S.E. 160th Ave., every third Saturday of the month. The first concert of this year’s series is from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Jamming takes place in the lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. This week’s acts are Coral Creek, which plays gospel and bluegrass; Seth Moran; and Bass Mandolin, featuring Josh Feinberg on upright bass and Brian Oberlin on mandolin. The duo plays a combination of classical, jazz, Indian, bluegrass and swing.

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Oct. 21

Brothers’ benefit

Portland’s Brothers of the Baladi play Middle Eastern and world music in Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, Farsi, Armenian, French and English, mixing exotic rhythms with familiar grooves and traditional instruments, including Middle Eastern percussion and reed instruments alongside guitar, bass and drums. The quartet will feature music from their 2008 Grammy nominated CD “Just Do What’s Right” as well as from their other 10 CDs, at this 11th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days.

Brothers of the Baladi, Grace Constantine, Deviant Duet, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Tony Starlight’s Supper Club, 3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd. $10. Info: 503-288-4684, 503-517-8584,

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