FRIDAY, SEPT. 20
Run-On Sentence, Pancake Breakfast
[FOLK] Bid adieu to the deceptively childlike sing-along folk machine Pancake Breakfast. Leader Mike Midlo recently moved to Eastern Oregon and is giving the project its "beauty sleep," which is a typically quirky way to say the band is going on hiatus for the indeterminate future. With fellow folkies Run-On Sentence, who are in the midst of a residency at Al's Den. Al's Den at the Crystal Hotel, 303 SW 12th Ave., 972-2670. 7 pm. Free. 21+.
The Quick and Easy Boys, Musketeer Gripweed - 09/20/2013
[COUNTRY FUNK] When the Quick & Easy Boys emerged on the Portland music scene a few years back, the trio described itself as some kind of hydra-headed beast fusing Funkadelic, the Minutemen, Jimi Hendrix, the Police and My Morning Jacket, suggesting this was either the greatest band of all-time or an epic mess. Turns out, the group is mostly just an amiable bar band, playing solid, party-ready jams that hint at its professed blues, funk and country influences vaguely enough that it all blends into a beer-spilling, dance-floor-filling melange, with just enough quirk to keep things interesting. This show is presented by SpokesBuzz, a "grassroots nonprofit" designed to "generate buzz" for the music scene of Ft. Collins, Colorado, by linking up with other thriving music towns. Their rep at this gig is Musketeer Gripweed, an "American Revival Stomp Shake Ass Holla" band. OK then. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
Comic Con After-party: Kirby Krackle, Death Star, Molly Lewis
[NERD ROCK] Who better to host a Comic Con after-party than a group going by the moniker Kirby Krackle? "Kirby Krackle has risen through the ranks of nerd rock to emerge as the leader in a new movement of geek-driven musical inspiration," reads the opening line of the band's press bio. This epic wording already paints the indie-rock group as its own legion of superheroes, seducing eardrums one well-timed suspender snap at a time. Its followers go by "Krackleheads," and its annual Seattle event is called "Kracklefest." The only thing missing is a comic-book series to make the movement completely official. GRACE STAINBACK. Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave., 248-2900. 9 pm. $6. All ages.
Battleme, the Grizzled Mighty, Miracle Falls - 09/20/2013
[GLAM-POP] Portland transplant Matt Drenik, a.k.a. Battleme, is dropping a new EP of his well-crafted glassy retro-rock, Weight on the Brain, on Oct. 8, but you can get a sneak peek tonight. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 21
[DREAM POP] In an act of reinvention, synth-pop maestro Mauro Remiddi scrapped the instruments he used on his debut record for something completely different. For latest album Permanent Signal, Remiddi, aka Porcelain Raft, opted for classical instrumentation over digital effects. And while it surges and swells much like his previous work, Porcelain Raft's new sound dwells on dramatic piano melodies, ghostly guitar riffs, and occasional bleeping, buzzing samples. It's timeless, starry, evocative pop, bolstered by Remiddi's ever-ascending vocals. MARK STOCK. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
MONDAY, SEPT. 23
Esoteric, Saturnalia Temple, Velnias
[DOOM DEATH] When it comes to doom, it's tough to have a better pedigree than birthing your band in Birmingham, England. After all, that's where Black Sabbath, the founders of the form, originated. Twenty-some years after that came Esoteric, an uncompromising death-doom metal act which stretches its epics into 90 minute polysyllabic albums bearing titles such as Paragon of Dissonance and Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum. It's a rare treat to see such a respected cult act on the intimate Ash Street stage. Along for the ride is Swedish sludge-merchant Saturnalia Temple and Colorado woodland black metal cult Velnias, the latter of which is certain to have elaborate merchandise with triple gatefolds, wooden boxes, and just a touch of grave moss. NATHAN CARSON. Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash St., 226-0430. 9pm. $10. 21+.
Dr. Lonnie Smith
[TRANSCENDENT JAZZ FUNK] God flows through Lonnie Smith's fingers. That's a poetic way of saying the dude plays some of the funkiest organ on the planet. Although known primarily in jazz circles—his career dovetailed with those of Lou Donaldson and George Benson, as well as Miles' and Coltrane's, and his most famous albums came out on Blue Note in the '60s—his eclectic discography ranges from gritty funk workouts to Afro-Latin grooves to psychedelic head trips. In 2012, the good Doctor launched his own record label, Pilgrimage Productions, and Kickstarted a live-in-the-studio project featuring a septet of talented young musicians, delivering a fiery, near-spiritual performance, his Hammond B3 now practically an extra appendage. "The organ ain't nothing," Smith told me last year on the eve of his 70th birthday. "It don't breathe until I breathe." MATTHEW SINGER. Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542. 7 pm and 9 pm. $22 reserved seating, $18 general admission. 21+.