Oct. 7, 8


Portland’s The Horse’s Ha is the guitar and voice duo of Janet Bean (Eleventh Dream Day, Freakwater) and James Elkington (Brokeback, Daughn Gibson, Freakwater, Eleventh Dream Day, Jon Langford’s Skull Orchard). Together they sound like Heaven, as played by the alto-soprano Bean, meeting Earth, as played by the bass-tenor Elkington.

Looking to emulate the best of British folk, the duo also at times sounds like early 1970s American folk music. It’s acoustic music that goes beyond simple strum-along tunes to a place where technical prowess meets emotional expression.

Michael Hurley, The Horse’s Ha, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926,; 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Laurel- Thirst, 2958 N.E. Glisan St. Free. Info: 503-232-1504,

Oct. 7

Dutch treat

If this were 1967, The Netherlands’ Jacco Gardner might just be the biggest thing in music. His debut album “Cabinet of Curiosities” is not neo-psychedelic, it’s just plain psychedelic, period, and showcases his baroque talent mixing sounds of harpsichord, strings, flutes and other classical instruments with very groovy psychedelic effects.

This cat sounds like he spent three years listening to records by the Left Banke and the Strawberry Alarm Clock as he ingested dandelions sprayed with love before he finally declared his endless fidelity to a lady draped in reverb.

Jacco Gardner, Ozarks, Fur Coats, 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895,

Oct. 10, 15

by: COURTESY OF IN MUSIC WE TRUST RECORDS - Super Water Sympathy, in cahoots with In Music We Trust Records of Portland, plays its water pop at Kennedy School (Oct. 10) and the Crystal Ballroom (Oct. 15).

Aquatic empathy

Hailing from Shreveport, La., Super Water Sympathy has released two albums, 2011’s “Vesper Belle” as well as their recent “Hydrogen Child,” all in pursuit of their quest to create “water pop,” a blend of choral, classical, anthemic, boisterous and rockin’ sounds.

OK. Working with Portland’s In Music We Trust Records, the group consists of brothers Billy and Clyde Hargrove (bass and guitar, respectively), Ryan Robinson on drums, Jason Mills on keys, and Ansley Hughes on (awesome) vocals. This is music for folks who love the audacity of The Who, the boldness of Florence + The Machine and the exuberance of The Darkness. Wallflowers come forth, for your walls are about to crumble.

Super Water Sympathy, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Free. All ages. Info: 503-249-3983; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Lola’s Room, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047,

‘Round Town

• New Southern Rockers J. Roddy Walston & The Business have put out three albums, including their latest doozy “Essential Tremors,” and serve up boogie-ized rock 'n’ roll that puts a smile on the face of Leon Russell, Little Richard and the grey ghosts of a thousand drunken guitar-players’ corpses. Catch this soul-saving show, which also features Tango

Alpha Tango and Gringo Star at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895,

• Seattle’s Star Anna’s new album “Go To Hell” was just released, and we’re advising you to drop everything you’re doing right now and give it a listen. Combining country, blues, soul, punk and pop, the tastefully arranged, yet powerful tunes allow her gritty, yet gorgeous Joplinesque alto voice to breathe, growl, cry and exult. Catch this incredible singer before she breaks big, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3-5, in Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel, 303 S.W. 12th Ave. Free. Info: 503-972-2670,

• Portland singer-songwriters Cal Scott (Trail Band, Kevin Burke) and Richard Moore (The Wombats) will welcome Quarterflash singer-keyboardist-saxophonist Mel Kubik to their bimonthly circle at O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Kubik is also a member of the women’s music collective, The Vulva Underground. $12 in advance (, $15 at the door.

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