- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
Good heavens, Katie Herzig's songs are everywhere, from NPR, 'Grey's Anatomy' and the 'Sex and the City' soundtrack to commercials for Target, Honda and Samsung. She has a slightly chirpy alto-soprano voice and favors soft classical touches in her pop music. It's intelligent, somewhat poetic music that will definitely appeal to those who prefer to escape into song rather than use it to confront the world's ugliness, and leaves you a little nostalgic for a past you're not sure you even experienced but are pretty sure you wished you did.
Katie Herzig, Butterfly Boucher, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $12. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.
Occupy Brawl Street
For its press kit alone, Cleveland's brutal metal band, Chimaira, should either be feared or adored, sort of like those ancient gods who could only be placated by human sacrifice. Take these lines about their new album 'The Age of Hell': 'Mark Hunter's guttural barks declare a twisted war while the guitars shift from ravenous chugging to soaring leads … but it's songs like 'Trigger Finger,' 'Born in Blood' and 'Scapegoat' that will leave janitors mopping up blood from venue floors across the world.' Zowie! These boys play for keeps. So is it any good? WHAT KIND OF PATHETIC QUESTION IS THAT, YOU WORTHLESS BOURGEOIS WORM?!
Chimaira, Impending Doom, Revocation, In Her Memory, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Peter's Room at The Roseland, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave. $16. All ages. Info: 503-224-8499, www.roselandpdx.com.
For those about to mosh
OK teenyboppers, Vans Warped freaks and older pop punksters, this show's for you. Headlining this show is Saves the Day, who've been plowing the fields of emo power pop since 1994. They're sharing the stage with Long Island's Bayside, who also like those high tenor vocals, power punk pop riffs and words you can actually understand in songs. Meanwhile, I Am The Avalanche are a little grittier than the first two bands, and evidence the guitar-based attack all you skater punks have come to love. Boston's melodic post-hardcore quintet, Transit, fills out the bill.
Saves the Day, Bayside, I Am The Avalanche, Transit, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th St. $16 in advance, $19 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheater.com.
Other guitarists with personality problems and outsized egos may get all the glory, but just plain nice guy Warren Haynes has quietly established himself as one of our world's finest finger-pickers. As guitarist with David Allan Coe, Dicky Betts, the Allman Brothers, The Dead and Govt. Mule, he's more than proven himself capable of fluid, melodic soloing as well as crunchy soul 'n' blues riffin'. He recently released a meaty soul album 'Man in Motion,' and stands to be a king of the jam band crowd pretty much until the world's patchouli supply runs out.
Warren Haynes Band, 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. All ages. $25.
One, twice, three times the ladies
Sara Petite, Ange Boxall and Brigitte Demeyer are all country- flavored singer-songwriters collaborating on the Take Three Girls tour. The show will feature collaborations, duets and storytelling. Petite hails from Sumner, Wash., and likes her music to have a bit of humor, when she's not singing about betrayal and heartbreak. Boxall was born in Tasmania (that's right, home of the Tasmanian Devil) and has collaborated with such artists as JD Souther, Jim Lauderdale and The Wrights. The Midwesterner DeMeyer is pretty well known in Americana circles, and has opened shows for Marc Cohn, Dave Alvin and Bob Dylan. Her latest release, 'Rose of Jericho,' is a great mix of gospel and soul.
Take Three Girls, 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, Alberta St. Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St. Info: 503-284-7665, www.albertastreetpub.com.