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FUNK

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic

If James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, George Clinton is the Wizard of Funk. For nearly half a century, the leader of Parliament, Funkadelic and the P-Funk Allstars has been laying down cosmic, rump-shaking grooves.

Now 65, the 'king of interplanetary funk' shows no signs of slowing down. There are plans for a series of live recordings to be released, spanning more than 30 years.

But as anyone who's seen any incarnation can attest, the best way to experience Clinton and his groovy gang is firsthand.

9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $25

ALTERNATIVE

Midlake

Its members may hail from Denton, Texas, but Midlake sounds like a British band. It's no wonder that Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde fell head over heels for them.

The band's latest album, curiously titled 'The Trials of Van Occupanther,' is stately, elegant and swoon-worthy pop that's been receiving rave reviews worldwide.

If Coldplay's grander moments give you goose bumps, Midlake is going to be your new favorite band.

9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $10

SONGWRITER

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett is one of those rare songwriters who transcend genres - too quirky for country and too twangy for contemporary pop. He's joined forces with legendary songwriter John Hiatt and fellow Texans Joe Ely and Guy Clark for the Songwriters Tour.

It's guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind evening.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Arlene Schnitzer Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-274-6564, $35-$66.50, all ages

- Barbara Mitchell