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Feb. 14, 15

Buy low, play high

The Greater Midwest is Shawn Pike on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Jacob Schmitt on bass, Bobby Dezfulli on guitar and Nick Arneson on drums. Keyboardist Ross Faulkenberg and horn player Jott Robertson also can be heard on the quartet’s 11-track debut CD, “Consumer Confidence,” which features shimmering, hypnotic and lyrical rhythm-cum-lead guitar lines, straight-ahead tempos and just-shy-of-melodramatic vocal arrangements. A competent indie rock band, this Portland outfit has serious potential and should please fans of such bands as Kaiser Chiefs, Ash and Foo Fighters.

The Greater Midwest, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926, www.musicmillennium.com.

The Greater Midwest, Tiger House, The Hague, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Backspace, 115 N.W. Fifth Ave. $8. All ages. Info: 503-248-2900, www.backspace.bz.

Feb. 15

Record breaking evening

Two Portland acts mark the release of their records with this show. The Resolectrics blend roots, classic rock, R&B and folk, and their first video release of the title track “High Water” off their debut album could have been pulled out of John Fogerty’s back catalog. The band features Tate Peterson on vocals and guitar, John Becher on drums and vocals, Ben Morse on keyboards and vocals, and Andrew Stern on bass. Meanwhile, headliners Steelhead features Sloan Martin, former front man of Celilo, and the band is releasing its debut EP, “Blue Sun,” which mines the veins of pop, rock, folk and soul. “Midnight Swim,” in particular, is “radio-friendly” in the best way, with a simple irresistible tempo and chord progression, a perfect song for the coming summer.

Steelhead, The Resoletrics, Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel, Friday, Feb. 15, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895 www.mississippistudios.com.

Creatures lurking

Southern California’s The Growlers write genuine surf-influenced rock ‘n’ roll tunes, replete with twangy, tremolo-laden guitars, understandable lyrics delivered joyously and nasally, and fun, dancin’-on-the-sand rock and reggae rhythms. The group consists of Brooks Nielsen on vocals, Matt Taylor on lead guitar, Scott Montoya on drums, Anthony Braun Perry bass and Kyle Straka keys and guitar. The Growlers have put out three albums, sometimes wear wigs and women’s dresses on stage, and sound like what oil-slicked seaweed would sound like if it had opposable thumbs and a spine. Bring your towel, it’s gonna get wet.

The Growlers, The Night Beats, Guantanamo Baywatch, 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. $13. Info: 503-248-4700, www.startheaterportland.com.

Round town

The Eastside Bluegrass Series continues at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Freedom Foursquare Church, 660 S.E. 160th Ave., and features A Sudden Tradition and Tumbleweed. Suggested donation is $10 per person, with children admitted free. Info: eastsidebluegrass.com.

The Hot 8 Brass Band is a critically acclaimed New Orleans based group that blends hip-hop, jazz and funk styles with traditional Louisiana brass sounds. They’ll celebrate Mardi Gras with Portland’s Manimalhouse at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Dante’s, 350 E. Burnside St. $15. Info: 503-226-6630, www.danteslive.com.

Special note

Pete Krebs, the Hazel, Stolen Sweets and Portland Playboys’ guitar-slinger and singer, not to mention guitar instructor to many around town, has been diagnosed with cancer. His wife, Rebecca, has sent out a plea to the music-loving community to help with expenses. You can learn more by visiting payitsquare.com/collect-page/9996.

Two benefit shows will take place this month for Krebs. The first is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St., and features

Brent Martens Combination, Boy & Bean, The Stolen Sweets, Swingtime PDX, Itty Bitty Bang Bang!, Nina Nightshade, Pink Lady, Hai Fleisch, Everything’s Jake, The Jenny Finn Orchestra and The Midnight Serenaders. Sliding scale donations start at $20.

The second takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in The Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., and features The Dharma Bums, Black Prairie, Colin Meloy, Sean Croghan, Casey Neill, Lewi Longmire and James Low. Donations start at $25. Info: Alex Steininger at 503-557-9661 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..