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Live Music!

Nov. 3

Not your average opener

If you’re planning on checking out the alt-rockers Blue October show this week, get there a little early to listen to Seattle’s Barcelona, comprised of Brian Fennell on vocals and keys, Chris Bristol on guitar and vocals, and Rhett Stonelake on drums. Their newest mid-tempo melodic disco-rock single with the hypnotic kick drum, “Slippin’ Away,” is one of those songs that just gets stuck in your head, but in a good way. Influenced by Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay and U2, the band’s piano-flavored rock has been featured in a movie trailer for “Water for Elephants” and is intelligent, catchy and just downright fun.

Blue October, Barcelona, A Silent Film, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. All ages. $28.50. Info: 503-224-8499, http://www.roselandpdx.com.

Nov. 6

Breathless

London, England’s Sophie Barker sings like a misty dream, her alto-soprano voice gliding easily with just a hint of reserve over elegant lounge-like folk and rock arrangements featuring everything from strings to effects-enhanced guitar. You may know Barker as one of the vocalists for the downtempo group Zero 7’s “Simple Things,” her voice fronting the album’s hit “In The Waiting Line.” Barker has also worked with Groove Armada, The Egg, Grooverider, Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins and Muki. Not to mention she’s also sung on “The Rainbow Collections,” a series of children’s music. She’s a classy singer with solid pipes that should please fans of Sarah MacLachlan and other artsy singer-songwriters.

Sophie Barker, Suzanne Tufan, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895, http://www.mississippistudios.com.

Nov. 8

Blonde on blues

by: COURTESY OF LAURIE MORVAN - Stellar guitar player Laurie Morvan plays with her band and red-hot blues rock at Duff's Garage, Nov. 8.Sounding like a cross between B.B. King and Buddy Guy on guitar, Long Beach, Calif.’s Laurie Morvan plays everything from jump blues to blues rock and sings sometimes blunt, sometimes poetic lyrics that tackle topics from salvation to skinny chicks. She won the Blues Foundation Award for “Best Self-Produced CD” at the 2010 International Blues Challenge, and has carried her ax all over the United States, Canada and Europe. Her accolades also include twice being named the House of Blues Radio Hour “Blues Breaker” artist of the week, a B.B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click”, and winning the Blues Festival Guides’ 2008 Blues Artist on the Rise Award. Her solid band features fellow singer Lisa Grubbs, as well as keyboardist Tom Salyers, bassist Pat Morvan and drummer Lonnie Jones.

Laurie Morvan Band, 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-BEER, http://www.duffsgarage.com.