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American Idol Live

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Where: Rose Garden, One Center Court

Cost: $25-$45, available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges

They're baaack É with a whole new group of wannabe hit makers. The American Idol II tour features participants from the television show's second season. Winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken are joined by third finalist Kimberly Locke and seven other contestants.

What they say

'With the two side-stage screens and another center stage, this concert looked and felt like what it was Ñ a TV-show spinoff. Indeed, since most people watched the production on one of the screens and most of the songs were performed during the week-by-week countdown, it was like watching a live TV show.'

Ñ The Dallas Morning News

The White Stripes

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17

Where: Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St.

Cost: $30, available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges

Portland's firmly rooted indie sensibility ensures that the White Stripes have the drawing power of an arena rock band in the '70s. It's now widely accepted that the circumspect duo are indeed a divorced couple and not siblings, but even with the buzz about their personal life dying out, Jack and Meg White retain a loyal and growing following for their romping garage rock. New York no-wave darlings the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Soledad Brothers open the bill.

What they say

'The hooting and hollering becomes deafening, as our two pale hero-cyphers finally arrive onstage, Meg with her mysterious half-smile and red and white outfit, Jack in his regulation-busting trousers with one red leg and one black. He chooses to crawl onstage on his belly, like a snake. É One look around the venue tells you the White Stripes are decidedly not in the underground anymore.

Ñ The (London) Observer