Dec. 2

Hold his hand

Cal Scott of the Trail Band and Richard Moore of the Wombats will host Paul Chasman in this Songwriters’ Circle. In spring of 2011, Chasman released a CD celebrating 50 years of guitar playing, “One Man Guitar Festival.” Shortly after the release, he needed surgery on his left hand — because of 50 years of guitar playing. Now a singer/songwriter, he sings about life, love, dogs, cats and Muhammad Ali.

Cal Scott, Richard Moore, Paul Chasman, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway. $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Info: 503-484-8196,

This is it

In just a few years, U.K. band Foals has created a coherent, danceable sound that draws on prog rock, punk, disco, electronic dance music and Britpop. The quintet features Yannis Philippakis on vocals and guitar, Jack Bevan on drums, Jimmy Smith on guitar, Rhodes and synthesizer, Walter Gervers on bass, and Edwin Congreave on keys.

Their latest album “Holy Fire” is a well-arranged blend of trippy sounds, from Asian to Euro to African, riding on insistent rhythms that flirt and sometimes mate with industrial beats, and which feature decidedly good old-fashioned bluesy meets psychedelic guitar. Sure to be a show that will surprise fans of all types of rock, from Pink Floyd and Prince to Radiohead and Ash.

Foals, Animal Eyes, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. Portland, $25, $30. Info: 503-284-8686,

Dec. 4

Who hasn’t this guy played with?

Some people drop names to impress, but David Bromberg basically has no choice, since he really did jam with Bob Dylan, The Beastie Boys, George Harrison, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Jerry Garcia, Reverend Gary Davis, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Phoebe Snow and Mississippi John Hurt. Not to mention he’s recorded with Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr and Carly Simon.

Bromberg has toured with his own big band, manufactured violins, and just released a soulful, bluesy countrified album with everything from Irish tunes to folk waltzes called “Only Slighty Mad” that is perfect music in which to bask your ears as you’re basting your turkeys over the holidays.

David Bromberg Band, Jaime Leopold & the Short Stories, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukee Ave. Parents must accompany minors. $35. Info: 503-234-9694,

Fuzzy Wuzzy wore long hair

Zowie! If fuzzy, low-tuned serial killer-obsessed Church of Misery were any heavier, they’d be a black hole sucking up all other rock bands within a few light years of their amplifiers. Take a listen to this gloomy, doomy Tokyo band’s “Brother Bishop,” off their latest CD “Thy Kingdom Scum.”

These boys are like the grandkids Sabbath and Blue Cheer were afraid to acknowledge for fear they might just call their heavy metal bluff, forcing their forefathers to either fold or play weak hard rock that they know means they’re going home with empty pockets.

Like radiation from Fukushima, this band is both dangerous and yet equally fascinating to monitor as they make their way across the Pacific to contaminate our shores.

Church of Misery, Wizard Rife, Saviours, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: 503-234-5683,

'Round town

• If you’re a fan of Arctic Monkeys, one of the U.K.’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll bands of the last decade, we are sorry to inform you their upcoming Dec. 4 show at Roseland is sold out. Bummer.

• Harmonica-playing Rick Estrin & The Night Cats, featuring Kid Andersen on guitar, is one of the world’s most irreverent blues bands, combining highly competent songwriting with a silly sense of humor. This meat ‘n’ potatoes band never fails to satisfy, and they roll into Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave., at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. $2. Info: 503-234-BEER,

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