May 22


Cage the Elephant’s rhythm guitarist, Brad Shultz, was playing a gig in London a few years back and said the band’s fans told him he brought to mind a certain English axeman.

“People would say I reminded them of Andy Gill,” Shultz says. “I had never heard of Andy Gill before or the Gang of Four.”

A self-described “percussive guitar-player” Shultz took to listening to the Gang of Four, as well as Talking Heads.

“I just really connected with the way that (Gill) played guitar,” he says. “With me, I do little licks inside the rhythm. I like to have the lead guitar in our songs carry the melody a little bit. But I don’t really like flashy guitar.”

Speaking of leads, CTE’s longtime lead player Lincoln Parish left late last year, tired of the grueling tours. The band’s newest guitarist, Nick Bockrath, is out on the road with CTE as they push their third album, “Melophobia.” The disc contains the Brit poppy “Come A Little Closer,” the danceable “Take It Or Leave It,” the Bowie-meets-Iggy “Spiderhead,” and the melodic ballad “Cigarette Dreams.” It’s clear the Nashville via Kentucky band has come a long way from the bluesy rootsy sounds that made songs like “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” an alternative rock hit in 2009.

“We’ve always wanted to expand our sound,” Shultz says of he and his brother, singer-guitarist Matt Shultz, and their compatriots Daniel Tichenor (bass), and Jared Champion (drums).

Cage The Elephant, Foals, Tiger Merritt, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Info: 503-225-0047,

Roach on record

For more than a decade, guitarist, vocalist and composer Libby Roach has led Portland’s Fractal Quintet, creating long-form jazz pieces, many of which are propelled by samba rhythms. The FQ’s debut album “Precipieces” mixes Latin, soul and fusion in an intoxicating mix of modern jazz that would appeal to fans of everyone from Pat Metheny to Primus, Bjork to “Porgy and Bess.”

The band features keyboardist Andrew Oliver, reed player Lee Elderton, trumpeter Katy Presley, bass player Eric Gruber and drummer Whityn Owen. Prior to Owen’s arrival, the late Kipp Crawford held the drum chair in Fractal Quintet, but was tragically killed in an accident in 2009. “Precipieces” includes two pieces that feature Kipp’s drumming and production work.

In Crawford’s honor, the Ashland Schools Foundation has established the Kipp Crawford Memorial Endowment Fund for jazz students. To learn more or donate to the fund, visit

Fractal Quintet, Trio Subtonic, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St. $10. Info:,

May 27


Guitarist Marc Ribot has played everything from no wave to free jazz, rock and Cuban music and collaborated with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, McCoy Tyner and John Zorn, among many others. His latest outfit, Ceramic Dog, features bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Ches Smith of the avant-garde band Secret Chiefs 3. His 2013 album “Your Turn” includes “Bread and Roses,” the greatest song Neil Young never wrote with Crazy Horse.

Ceramic Dog, 1939 Ensemble, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $17 in advance, $20 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895,

Quick hits

• Vienna-based, London-born vocalist/producer/instrumentalist SOHN, who’s worked with Banks, Lorde & Miguel, and Rhye, brings his orchestrated haunting electronica to Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Info: 503-239-7639,

• The Dustbowl Revival hails from Venice Beach in sunny California, but sound more like they were plucked from the streets of New Orleans or Memphis. You can catch them at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St., $7. Info: 503-493-3600,

• Run Boy Run packs one major country Celtic bluegrass Appalachian punch, breathing so much fresh energy in the genre that Garrison Keillor, no stranger to acoustic bands on his “Prairie Home Companion,” sat down and penned the liner notes to the Arizona quintet’s album “So Sang the Whippoorwill.” You can catch this fantastic group at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 Mississippi Ave. $8. Info: 503-288-3231,

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