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by: COURTESY OF Jason Thrasher, 
Cracker performs Aug. 21 at Portland’s Aladdin Theater.

Aug. 13

Beat surrender

Autolux, a fave of Nine Inch Nails and the White Stripes, makes a melody of noise and a noise of song. Center stage is shoeless drummer/vocalist Carla Azar, who sings like an introverted yet slightly judgmental neurotic in a trance, as she's supported by guitarist/vocalist Greg Edwards and bassist/vocalist Eugene Goreshter, neither of whom seem to have ever met a crunchy sound, open tuning or electronic effect they didn't like. This threesome evoke the moment right before you wake up, when your dreams are most vivid, sometimes pleasant like a late summer rain, sometimes scary as a rabid skunk.

Autolux, This Will Destroy You, Gold Panda, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, Hawthorne Theater, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $13 in advance, $15 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheater.com.

Aug. 14

Brazilians served

Lowly cubicle dwellers and bummed out baristas in Portland, it's time to shake off your shackles and shake your booty with z'Bumba, a Portland band of Americans and Brazilians who have been promoting forró, Afro-Brazilian working class dance music, for sometime now. The band comprises Gabriella Tagliacozzo on vocals, guitar and percussion, Jake Pegg on vocals, basses, tuba and percussion, Evan 'Papa Coyote' Stuckless on accordion and percussion, Chariti Montez on triangle and backup vocals, Blake 'Cabra' Thomas on the z'bumba or drum, Angela Barco on quengeira (wood blocks), caixa (snare drum) and pandeiro, a tambourine that is struck, not shaken. She also sings backup vocals, and Hans 'Lambada' Barklis plays the cavaquinho, a steel-string ukulele.

z'Bumba, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. $5. 21 and older. Info: 503-288-3231, www.mississippipizza.com.

Forest roots

The Ninth Annual Americana Festival in Forest Grove offers roots fans everything they could want to hear in an outdoor jam at a very affordable price - free. Among the bands on stage are Town Mountain, who combine traditional bluegrass, outlaw country and old-time mountain music; Freak Mountain Ramblers, who play rock 'n' roll, bluegrass, alternative country and country-blues; Southern-style jammers Dangermuffin; up-and-coming jazz-folk-blues-ragtime-swingsters Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside; indie country-flavored players Ha Ha Tonka; and Sassparilla, a punk-jug outfit from right here in Portland.

Town Mountain, Freak Mountain Ramblers, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Loch Lomond, Sassparilla, Dangermuffin, Ha Ha Tonka, The Alialujah Choir, The Lord's Own Choir at Ninth Annual Americana Festival, noon to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 14, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Free. All ages. Info: 503-992-9533, www.mcmenamins.com.

Aug. 17

Cello there

Cello-driven trio Rasputina eschew the usual navel-gazing topics of pop and rock for such subjects as feral children, British naval deserters, early American portraiture and ancient cross-dressing. Led by Melora Creager, this group has not only maintained a fan base for 20 years, it's opened for everyone from Nirvana to Marilyn Manson, and are gifted, melodic and impossible to ignore, especially if you like your music garbed in Victorian dresses and your lyrics to contain words with more than two syllables. Portland's own Gothic experimentalists Lost Lockets and mysterious moon-worshiping folkie Larkin Grimm will bathe the stage in luminescence as well.

Rasputina, Larkin Grimm, Lost Lockets, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, Hawthorne Theater, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $15 in advance, $17 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-233-7100.

Aug. 21

Two great tastes in one man

It's every rocker's secret dream - appeal to the mainstream without losing your street cred yet few have lived it. One who has is David Lowery whose band Camper Van Beethoven created the '80s classic 'Take the Skinheads Bowling' which competed with the Violent Femmes' 'Add It Up' for must-play at college parties everywhere. His other Really Big Band Cracker released classic rock sounding tunes like 'Teen Angst' that combined indie irony with the kind of rootsy chords blue-collar beer drinkers and hell raisers dig.

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukee Ave. $22, 21 and older. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.