Oct. 12

Guitars in the clouds

Soaring anthemic rockers Anberlin draw on post-punk rock for inspiration, employing emo, math rock, metal, grunge and even techno ideas in their tight tunes. Featuring Stephen Christian on vocals, Joseph Milligan on guitar, Deon Rexroat on bass, Nathan Young on drums, and Christian McAlhaney on guitar, the band has been popular inside as well as outside Christian rock circles but apparently eschews preachy praise music for a more searching spiritualized rock.

Not afraid to tackle thorny topics such as sex, drugs and infidelity, Anberlin is like the biblical patriarch Jacob, wrestling with angels in the night, not sure if he really wants to win, but grappling nonetheless.

Anberlin, The Maine, Lydia, From Indian Lakes, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $23.50 in advance, $25 day of show. Info: 503-233-7100,

• Moody, L.A. electro-rock group Sir Sly, who have been compared to everyone from Coldplay to Maroon 5, play Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St., at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, along with The Chain Gang of 1974 and Bel Heir. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-239-7639,

Oct. 13

Stadium rawk

Hailing from Louisville, Ky., power trio Coliseum has spent the past decade honing a straightforward sound that combines punk, noise, hardcore, grunge and metal. They eschew complex chord changes for blistering force, but don’t mistake them for bombastic simpletons. This band knows what it’s doing — it understands that the most powerful ro

ck consists of finding the heart of a riff and driving it home until the crowd either riots or weeps. On the road to promote their fourth full-length album, “Sister Faith,” Coliseum boasts a new bassist, Kayhan Vaziri, who joins growling vocalist-guitarist Ryan Patterson and bone-shaking drummer Carter Wilson.

Coliseum, Red Hare, 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Dante’s, 350 W. Burnside St. $10. Info: 503-345-7892,

Oct. 16

Totally buzzed

The first few seconds of “Armed” by New York City’s Skaters is a bit off-putting, like an awkwardly stated argument a slightly intellectual stoner makes who then finds his way into a nicely coherent line of thought. Which is what this bouncy single, which owes as much to dub step as it does to garage rock, does.

On “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How),” the trio rocks in a far more straightforward manner, surfin’, slammin’ and explodin’ all over the place. Featuring Joshua Hubbard, who’s also played guitar for The Paddingtons and Dirty Pretty Things, the Strokes-influenced trio includes Michael Ian Cummings on vocals and Noah Rubin on drums. Skaters will open for U.K. neo-psychedelic garage rockers Palma Violets.

Palma Violets, Skaters, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 94 cents. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047,

Oct. 18

Ivy beleaguered

Brooklyn’s Ellis Ludwig-Leone not only has an intelligent sounding name, he’s also got a Yale musical degree. He’s worked with the much-acclaimed contemporary classical composer, Nico Muhly, and is a classically grounded chamber rocker who tickles the ivories beautifully.

Ludwig-Leone has put together the group San Fermin, which he says musically addresses themes of “youth, nostalgia, anxiety, (and) unrequited love.” He’s got some pretty melodious friends helping him out as well on vocals: the rich-voiced Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn quintet Lucius.

San Fermin, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water Ave. $10. Info: 503-894-9708,

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