IN THE CREMATORIUM II: DJ COOKY PARKER, THE ANGRY ORTS, THIS CHARMING MAN
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) There's no better place to spend Halloween weekend than a former funeral parlor, so thank the spirits that the Woods is hosting their second In the Crematorium dance and costume party, a spooky good time with DJ Cooky Parker spinning '80s hits, plus live Smiths covers by This Charming Man. Wear your best for the costume contest, and be ready for the giant pumpkin piñata! NED LANNAMANN [NOTE: The video above has little to do with the dance party tonight, I just wanted to post it.]
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Rolling Stone ranked Jeff Beck at number 14 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list. So, see you at the show. You want more? Okay, Beck, now 67, catalyzed the Yardbirds' explosive and cosmic garage-psych attack in the '60s with artful distortion, fuzz, and feedback, and then went on to lead some fantastic bands throughout the '70s and add mercenary six-string firepower for Stevie Wonder, Kate Bush, Roger Waters, and other millionaires. Beck is a mercurial embellisher of blues, rock, funk, and heavy-metal tropes, but his peak came with "Beck's Bolero," the 1967 B-side to "Hi Ho Silver Lining." There, he reconfigured Ravel's classical standard into a grandiloquent rave-up, an obelisk of the most sublimely coruscating guitar tones. It's one of the greatest recordings ever. DAVE SEGAL
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA, WHITE DENIM, THE DEAR HUNTER, LITTLE HURRICANE
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) The past five months have been good to Atlanta "alternative" (read: just a little emo) rock band Manchester Orchestra, given the rather rampant success of their third full-length, Simple Math. Curiously enough, Simple Math is a concept album rooted in autobiography, with lead singer Andy Hull paring down his life story from a bramble maze of 100 tracks to a mere 10. If nothing else, Hull's songwriting has reached its evocative peak, and the band as a whole is fully capable of lifting those impassioned songs right off the page. Joining Manchester Orchestra on this rather massive tour is Austin's White Denim, whose recent EP, Takes Place in Your Work Space, is brimming with catchy, circuitous guitar riffs and the kind of Texas charm you can only find in the state's heathen city. RAQUEL NASSER
MAC MILLER, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, CASEY VEGGIES
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Mac Miller is crazy popular for some reason. The 19-year-old's Roseland show is sold out, he has over one million Twitter followers, and his YouTube videos have nearly 165 million views. But it's hard to tell exactly what sets Miller apart from the sea of other blog-friendly rappers out there. His lyrics rarely deviate from clichÉ cool-schoolkid subject matter (weed, girls, clothes, shoes, poppin' bottles, and gettin' money), and his singsong hooks take a page straight out of fellow Pittsburgher Wiz Khalifa's success manual. Does Miller really have that much "#swag" or is he just "well connected"? MIKE RAMOS
MUTANT PARTY: KING LOUIE, MIDNITE SNAXXX, CHEMICALS, DENIZENZ, LOOSE VALUES, PATAHA HISS, DJ CECILIA, DJ HWY 7
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Dressing like your teenage self might not be a bad call for a night of pop-punk and dissonance. Headline by the King Louie One Man Band, there's also gunky good times from Midnite Snaxxx, Chemicals, and lots more. WILL ELDER
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