Aug. 24

Snow Blight and the Deadly Chords

by: COURTESY OF DEVIN LUDWIG - A tough Brit who has lived in Portland in recent years, Scout Niblett fuels the fire Aug. 24 at Mississippi Studios.Warning — Do not cheat on singer-songwriter Scout Niblett! Just watch her video for the I’m-gonna-shoot-you-down-you-faithless-jerk-because-I-love-you-while-I-dress-up-like-Snow-White “Gun.”

It’s clear that revenge lurks in the heart of this Johnny-Cash-meets-Kurt-Cobain performer. A longtime underground heroine, Niblett plays sparse, ominous bluesy-rock-folk guitar lines that convert sinners to saints.

A British native who’s lived in Portland over the past decade, she knows how to arrange a song so it kicks you right in the heart when it’s not messing with your brain. Is she slyly poking fun at confessional post-feminist rock, or is she really a bad girl who skips the lonely hearts support group meeting to stalk you to your house and bonk you on the head with a branch ripped from a dying oak? All we know is we’re drawn like moths to her musical flame.

Scout Niblett, P.G. Six, Hungry Ghost, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12. Info: 503-288-3895,

First in folk

Portland guitarist-songwriter Cal Scott recently took first place in The Great American Song Contest for his tune “Paid Too Much For the Diamond.” The song can be found on his newest CD “Carved Wood Box,” which he released earlier this year on his own Tamarack label.

The musical director of the eight-piece ensemble, The Trail Band, he’s also known for his critically acclaimed recording and concert work with Irish fiddler Kevin Burke. He’s one of our city’s musical treasures, and you can catch him with his new quartet.

Cal Scott Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Info: 502-244-1690,

Pretty in Pink Floyd

Listening to the debut album “Alamo Basement” by Lesser Bangs is a sheer delight. The Portland psychedelic rockers clearly aspire to Sgt.-Pepper-meets-Dark-Side heights as indicated by the anthemic song “Droids.” Meanwhile “Set the Record” could have been an outtake on a late ‘70s Supertramp album, albeit if it had been recorded by Jack White. Meanwhile, the trippy gospel-infused “Leave Me Be” showcases the group’s strength, which is melody with a capital “M.”

They will have to jam for a few more years before they write their truly distinct epic album, but they’re definitely off to a great start and possess the chops to become a world-class act.

Naive Melodies, Lesser Bangs, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Goodfoot, 2845 S.E. Stark St. $8. Info: 503-239-9292,

Aug. 26

Here they art

Atlanta’s O’Brother features Anton Dang on bass, Johnny Dang on guitar, Jordan McGhin on guitar, Tanner Merritt on vocals and guitar, and Michael Martens on drums.

The hard-working outfit plays tasty yet heavy-hitting-rock that should appeal even to people who don’t like metal or industrial. They’ve drawn comparisons to everyone from The Melvins to Radiohead (though we think they’re really kissing cousins with Foo Fighters). O’Brother has been on a lot of big stages of late, including Lollapalooza.

O’Brother, Native, Daylight, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, Backspace, 115 N.W. Fifth Ave. $12. All ages. Info: 503-248-2900,

‘Round town

• For a quarter-century, Anaheim’s Big Sandy & The Fly Right Boys have been rockin’, rollin’, honkin’ ‘n’ strollin’. You can catch them twice this week at Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave., as they mark the release of their latest CD, “What A Dream It’s Been,” at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24. $15. Info: 503-234-2337,

• Shoegaze’s new heroes are hardcore veterans from Philly, Nothing, and they are epic, fuzzy, wuzzy and wonderful. You can sway your moptop to them, along with Whir, at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water Ave. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-894-9708,

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