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Oct. 25

Americana Manilow

What do Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky and Tom Russell have in common? They’ve all recorded songs by Greg Trooper. Inspired by the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams, Trooper is one of the leading lights of Americana these days, and possesses a rich bass-baritone voice that goes down like black coffee in a diner you slip into to escape a cold, hard rain. Oregon Music Hall of Fame member Jon Koonce, a meat ‘n’ potatoes rock ‘n’ roller, shares the stage along with Dan Weber, a gifted storytelling songwriter who was named a 2012 Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” finalist.

Greg Trooper, Jon Koonce, Dan Weber, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $15 in advance through http://www.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door. Info: 503-493-5600.

Oct. 26

Petals of percussion

Electronic musician-deejay Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, weebles and wobbles but never falls down, creating freeform bass-heavy soundscapes that combine the attack of funk, rock, soul, dancehall, classical, metal, ragtime, Gypsy, dubstep, oh heck, whatever comes to mind. A genuinely warm-hearted technocrat, he’s one of those guys who could turn people skeptical of electronic music into raving bassheads because he eschews the more boring elements of it for genuinely innovative, spiraling pieces. He calls his music “omnitempo maximalism,” because it employs all speeds, time signatures, and rhythms, and every sound source possible, and he understands better than most the very modification of sound through new technology has created an almost infinite world of new “instruments” so to speak.

Bassnectar, Gramatik, Gladkill, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, Memorial Coliseum, 300 N.Winning St. $39.50. Info: http://www.rosequarter.com.

Oct. 28

Under wing

by: COURTESY OF PAPER BIRD - Paper Bird plays its joyful blend of indie music at Mississippi Studios, Oct. 28.Colorado’s Paper Bird is Mark Anderson (drums), Sarah Anderson (voice, trumpet), Paul DeHaven (guitar), Esme Collins (voice), Genevieve Patterson (voice), Caleb Summeril (banjo, guitar), and Macon Terry (bass). In its five years of existence, the Americana group has done everything from play festivals and record three critically acclaimed albums to collaborating with a ballet troupe and finding themselves featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered. Not to mention the Denver Post has named them in the Top 10 Best Underground Bands three years in a row.

Paper Bird, 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: http://www.mississippistudios.com.

Oct. 30

Prepare for bludgeoning

Okay, this show totally rocks, man. Headliners The Toadies first came to prominence in 1994 with their crunchy, grungey hit single “Possum Kingdom,” written from the perspective of a killer. The band only got weirder after that, and recently released “Play.Rock.Music” which features such punkish punch-ups as “Rattler’s Revival.” Meanwhile, alternative metal kings Helmet rock even harder, as one constant member Page Hamilton cranks out volcanic guitar riffs and gravelly baritone vocals over thundering beats and basslines designed to repel mobs storming embassies and discount stores on Black Friday. Finally, Austin trio Ume, fronted by Lauren Larson, combines post-punk-pop melodies with metallic sounding guitar and lovely alto-soprano vocals. You’ll probably be deaf after this show, but your soul will be cleansed of all its ennui.

The Toadies, Helmet, Ume, 8 p.m. Crystal Ballroom, Tuesday, Oct. 30, Crystal Ballroom,1332 W. Burnside St. $20. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047, http://www.mcmenamins.com.

Nov. 1

Mountain music

Portland Revels is best known for its annual Christmas shows, but the group also hosts salons designed to educate folks about music. We highly recommend the next one, which will examine “Cecil Sharp and the English Roots of the Appalachian Ballad.” Presenters Richard Lewis and Ruth McLain will explore Sharp’s collection of Appalachian ballads during 1916-1918. Sharp was the founding father of the folklore revival in England in the early 20th century. Lewis founded Portland Revels in 1994, and is the former executive director of the Oregon Council for the Humanities. McLain has been a soloist and member of a musical family, The McLain Family Band, performing in all 50 states, as well as in 62 foreign countries. She and her family have represented the Appalachian region and mountain music at thousands of festivals and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

Revels Autumn Salon, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Taborspace, 5441 S.E. Belmont St, Adults $15, seniors and students $10. Info: http://www.portlandrevels.org.

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