by Bruce Reid
JOHN MURPHY--A concert that systematically yokes rags by the breezy, bouncy William Bolcolm with preludes by the roiling, romantic Rachmaninoff? At first blush the idea just seems perverse, but Murphy might be on to something here. Certainly both composers had an ear for melody spread across wide chromatic ranges, and a good showman's appreciation for flashy effect. Such Bolcolm tunes as "Raggin Rudy," "Epithalamium," and "Lost Rag" contrasted with selections from Rachmaninoff's Op. 32. If Murphy has the digits to pull off the performances, it could be interesting. Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, Room 126, 685-8384, 8 pm, $10 general, $8 students/seniors.
NEW MUSIC SEATTLE--A sort of one-stop-shopping superconcert for local contemporary music groups, this evening will present four ensembles who've all done fine and good work for the music of today. Taneko will show off the intelligent interplay that is this trio's hallmark; the Degenerate Art Ensemble's jazzy cabaret music will provide a theatrical element; the Contemporary Chamber Composers Players have a wealth of their own compositional talent to draw upon; and Eraz Ensemble are presenting a work of Stephen Bayne's inspired by 12th-century Andalusian poets. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 292-ARTS or www.themoore.com, 8 pm, $15-$25.
FREDERIC RZEWSKI--Why list a concert in Bellingham? Because Rzewski is the greatest pianist-composer going today, his thundering skill at the keyboard matched only by the sophistication and tangled intricacy of the lovely music he writes. His chops will be no more on display in Beethoven's Appassionata than in his own Turtle and the Crane and Mayn Yingele, plus other unspecified works. He will be in Seattle later this month, but if you want to hear him for free, trust me, he's worth the drive. (Also note that Tues Nov 7 at 8 pm, students and faculty of WWU will perform an evening of Rzewski compositions; but if you only make one show, go for the real deal.) Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, Western Washington University, Bellingham, 360-650-3130, 3 pm, free.
JANET SEE, CLAIRE GARABEDIAN, & TAMARA FRIEDMAN--Not the most flowing headnote, but the trio (flute, cello, fortepiano, respectively) doesn't have an identity, per se. Merely three fine local musicians getting together for a rousing, enjoyable program of classical chamber pieces: Beethoven's Serenade for Flute and Fortepiano, Op. 41; Mozart's dancing Rondo in a, K. 511; and two of Haydn's infinitely witty and sparkling Trios, Hob. XV: 17 in F and Hob. XV: 16 in D. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 726-6088, 2 pm, $20 general, $10 students, $16 seniors, children 14 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
by Megan Seling
SHAKE THE SHACK--Self-proclaimed "proctologist of rock 'n' roll" Dr. Leon Berman hits you with the best rockabilly and boogie music, from Presley to Patsy Cline to Eddie Cochran. KCMU 90.3 FM, 6-9 pm.
FIRST HOUR FOLKUS--Folkus? Focus? Get it? Witty John Sincock spotlights the work of new artists each week. This week's guest is Nanci Griffith. KBCS 91.3 FM, noon.
NO ROOM FOR SQUARES--Hard bop of '50s and '60s Blue Note artists. Also broadcasted on the web at kups.ups.edu. KUPS 90.1 FM, 1 pm.
E-TOWN--Nick and Helen Forster talk with guests about environmental news, and spin some tunes in between. This week they'll answer the question, "What if God was one of us?" with their guests Matthew Ryan and Joan Osborne. KBCS 91.3 FM, 4 pm.
YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS--Jason Hughes gives Seattle a chance to hear the best music the Pacific Northwest has going for itself. The two-hour slot is crammed with new stuff from the likes of Juno, Waxwing, Death Cab for Cutie, Peter Parker, and more. KNDD 107.7 FM, 9 pm.
WO' POP--Travel the world, or at least hear the soundtrack, with music "from the Andes to Zimbabwe and back," with host Darek Mazzone as your resident flight attendant. KCMU 90.3 FM, 6 pm.
ELVIN BISHOP: Thurs Nov 2, Aladdin Theatre, Portland
PEARL JAM: Thurs Nov 2, Rose Garden Arena, Portland
SARAH BRIGHTMAN: Thurs Nov 2, GM Place, Vancouver, BC
THE SEA & CAKE: Thurs Nov 2, Richards on Richards, Vancouver, BC; Fri Nov 3, Western Washington U, Bellingham
DISMEMBERMENT PLAN: Fri Nov 3, La Voyeur, Olympia
THE CRAMPS: Fri Nov 3, Crystal Ballroom, Portland; Sun Nov 5, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
REVEREND HORTON HEAT, LOS INFERNOS: Fri Nov 3, Roseland Theater, Portland
BT, HOOVERPHONIC: Sat Nov 4, Roseland Theater, Portland
GENE DEFCON, THE GOSSIP: Sat Nov 4, Medicine Hat, Portland
COREY FELDMAN & THE TRUTH MOVEMENT: Sat Nov 4, Cobalt Lounge, Portland
SUNSET VALLEY, NO. 2: Sat Nov 4, Meow Meow, Portland
THE OUTLAWZ, BAD AZZ, DAZ, KURUPT: Sat Nov 4, Yakima Valley SunDome, Yakima
KING BLACK ACID: Sat Nov 4, Ohm, Portland
NINA GORDON: Sun Nov 5, Aladdin Theatre, Portland
CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES: Sun Nov 5, Crystal Ballroom, Portland
K. D. LANG: Tues Nov 7, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC