* Patent pending**.
** A lie. We haven't filed.
• dBMonkey, the online music calendar service that fuels the backend of many local venue websites, is celebrating its 11th anniversary this week, with a show at Dante's on Saturday, October 19. Rick Bain and the Genius Position, Herman Jolly, Pheasant, and Old Hand will all be performing. dBMonkey is the company of Kenric L. Ashe, and it compiles live music listings into a database and network of clubs and promoters. Visit the dBMonkey site, where you can score a free ticket to Saturday's show (it's $10 at the door otherwise).
• Speaking of anniversaries, last night the Crystal Ballroom kicked off its 100-day-long celebration of its 100th anniversary—which actually will take place on January 14, 2014. Colin Meloy will perform at the Ballroom that night, but until then, the next 99 nights will serve as the historic venue's continuously building and epic bash, with shows from the likes of STRFKR, Phantogram, Vampire Weekend, Tame Impala, and lots more. (Check out the full schedule here.) It's really just a bit of marketing that doesn't really change much from Crystal's regular live music calendar, but it's nice to have the reminder that the Ballroom's centennial is soon approaching.
• Portland musician M. Ward donated a lap steel guitar for the Write Around Portland fundraising event this Thursday, October 17 at Holocene. The guitar is a vintage Oahu Hawaiian acoustic slide guitar that Ward used on 2001's End of Amnesia album. More info on the event (and its spendy tickets) here.
• K Records is hosting a release show for the new, terrific Neo Boys compilation that comes out today (read about that here) next month, on Sunday, November 10 at the Crystal. The show will benefit the Rock 'n' Roll Camps for Girls, with performances by Cold Beat (Hannah Lew of Grass Widow), Newman/Schonberg/Reyna, Toody Cole (of Dead Moon), the Ghost Ease, the Vandies, Monica Nelson, Busy Scissors, and Crimson Typhoon.
• The Know doesn't usually sell advance tickets for their shows, but they're making an exception for Blowfly's upcoming performance on Saturday, November 2. If you want to make sure you're not shut out in the cold, 100 advance tickets ($10 each, limit two per customer) go on sale at the NE Alberta bar tomorrow (October 16) at 8 pm. More info on that over at the Know's site. Fifty day-of-show tickets will also be available.
• Vikesh Kapoor's great first album, The Ballad of Willy Robbins, hits streets today via Mama Bird Recording Co. You can stream it in full on Beats Per Minute. (Read more about Kapoor in my recent article.) And Red Fang's new album, Whales and Leeches, also comes out today on Relapse Records. Stream it on Spin (and read the track-by-track commentary) or over on Bandcamp.