3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.
This enchanting movie house-turned-concert hall features a relaxed vibe, great sound and pizza and beer.
Maktub, Voyager One, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1, $10
Ash Street Saloon
225 S.W. Ash St.
Anarchists, professionals and bike messengers congregate at Ash Street, which offers live music, a full bar and full ashtrays.
Haggis, Dead End Crush, 10 p.m. Sunday, March 2, $5
320 S.E. Second Ave.
This all-ages venue located in the east-side industrial zone never did get its liquor license, but it books national acts from hip-hop to techie tuneage. The building's nondescript exterior belies the high-concept interior, which serves as the setting for fashion shows and other fancy events in addition to music.
Mad Caddies, Rise Against, the Real McKenzies, the Flipsides, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, $10
231 S.W. Ankeny St.
Portland's definitive rock club in the heart of the bar-hopping zone has something for everyone: a wide range of live music, pool tables, two bars and Mediterranean food.
Melissa Ferrick, Nicole Campbell, 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, $12.50
3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Cramped with no-fuss folks and laid-back barkeeps, Blackbird puts on live music for indie fans seven nights a week.
Systemwide, Kultur Shock, 10 p.m. Saturday, March 1, $6
1332 W. Burnside St.
Portland's Disneyland of music venues has two distinct rooms for two different moods and live music almost every night of the week. Lola's Room is small, with an intimate vibe. The Crystal Ballroom is grand, and its dance floor is drenched in the history of bygone days.
Death Cab for Cutie, the Thermals, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1, $12-$14
Dante's Caffe Italiano
1 S.W. Third Ave.
This dark and slinky nightclub has managed to sew itself into the quirky quilt of Portland in just a few short years by serving varied helpings of all-out rock shows, comedy and trivia nights, as well as raunchily avant-garde cabarets.
Folk Implosion, Mia Doi Todd, Alaska, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, $10
316 S.W. 11th Ave.
503-221-7262, Ext. 41
A Moroccan-tinged mystery den, the Fez is located in the catbird seat above West Burnside Street.
Andaz featuring DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid, 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, $6
527 S.E. Pine St.
This all-ages joint now caters to more than the soda pop club. Live music plays nearly every night, and the unpretentious venue has become something of a basement away from home for Midwestern transplants craving the emo scene of the heartland.
Hot Rod Circuit, Tsunami Bomb, Crosstide, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, $8
Wilf's Restaurant and Piano Bar
800 N.W. Sixth Ave.
If you're tired of hearing drunkenly croaked-out versions of Neil Diamond and Bon Jovi's greatest hits, this old-school establishment next to the train station offers a welcome respite. The aging but swanky decor offers the perfect setting for the spirited and sultry cabaret numbers by actual professional crooners.
John Gilmore Trio, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, no cover