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Live Music

Oct. 24

McCann can

Soul-jazz vocalist/keyboardist Les McCann is probably best known for his gently profane yet definitely edgy socially conscious hit “Compared to What” with saxophonist Eddie Harris, off their classic 1969 album “Swiss Movement.”

The hard-drivin’ tune is one of the grooviest yet conscience-challenging hits of all time, and McCann hasn’t stopped gettin’ down since then, merging soul and world rhythms into his work. You can catch one of the all-time cats this week along with saxophonist Javon Jackson, formerly of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Locals Dan Balmer (guitar), Ben Jones (bass) and Mark Griffith (drums) join the fun.

Les McCann, Javon Jackson, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $20, $25 reserved seating. Info: 503-295-6542, www.jimmymaks.com.

Pretty but powerful

Portland’s Oh Darling has released four albums’ worth of new-wave power that put the “tch” in “catchy.” You already may have heard this quartet since its songs have graced the soundtracks for TV series, films and commercials, but it’s best to catch their upbeat, joyous shows live. This is rock ‘n’ roll for people who like the sun best when it’s coming up, not setting down.

Featuring uber-girly voiced Ash on lead vocals, Daven on post-punk guitar and the pumping rhythm section of J. Marie and Jake, Oh Darling is the type of band that’s makes you smile like a well-dressed pickpocket who wants to steal your heart more than your money.

Melville (record release), Oh Darling, Spirit Lake, 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $8. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.

‘Round Town

• Anna Fritz, Catherine Feeny and Ryan Traster will host a songwriters-in-the-round show at The Waypost, 3120 N. Williams Ave., from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Fritz will be trying out some songs arranged for solo cello and voice, and Feeny’s latest album was inspired by Occupy Wall Street protests. Admission is a sliding scale $5 to $15, but no one will be turned away. Info: 503-367-3182, www.thewaypost.com.

• The Brothers of the Baladi with traditional Middle Eastern ensemble Arabesque will host a benefit for the 11th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, in honor of the journalist slain in Afghanistan. The show also will feature dancers, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Blue Monk, 3341 S.E. Belmont St. $5. Info: 503-595-0575, www.baladi.com.