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Local band: Southerly
by: ©2007 RFK HEISE, Southerly’s Krist Krueger plays it somewhat incognito for his band’s promo shot.

There's a fantastic camaraderie within the Portland music community.

Breakthrough band the Decemberists borrowed Talkdemonic's Lisa Molinaro for their tour, and the Shins appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' and 'The Late Show With David Letterman,' with Viva Voce's Anita Robinson adding backing vocals.

That kind of close-knit community is exhibited tonight as the experimental folk rock of Southerly and one-man pop of Protest Hill share the stage.

While Southerly started out as the one-man project of Krist Krueger, it's evolved into a full-fledged band that also includes ex-System and Station and current Protest Hill mastermind RFK Heise, who will be doing double duty tonight.

He'll perform his own set as Protest Hill and play drums for Southerly as well.

Both projects will preview material from forthcoming records, but you can purchase a vinyl copy of Southerly's lovely new album, 'Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist,' for the first time tonight.

- Barbara Mitchell

9:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Feb. 24, Towne Lounge, 714 S.W. 20th Place, 503-241-8696, $5