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by: COURTESY OF CAPITOL RECORDS, Lily Allen’s songs sound sweet, but they’ve got a seriously sardonic side.

ALTERNATIVE POP

Sarah Shannon

You might remember her as the lead singer for '90s indie darlings Velocity Girl, but Sarah Shannon has unapologetically traded in indie rock for more polished, Burt Bacharach-influenced pop.

The sunny disposition of her new Minty Fresh album, 'City Morning Song,' perfectly suits her lovely, clear vocals and proves that grown-up things like falling in love and starting a family can mean creative rejuvenation instead of stagnation.

Get there early for the lovely pop of Goldenboy, whose Shon Sullivan has done time as a touring musician with the likes of Elliott Smith, Neil Finn and the Eels.

9 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $5

ROCK

Tragically Hip

Two of Canada's top exports play the Roseland Theater tonight.

While they headline arenas back home and are members of the Canadian Hall of Fame, the Tragically Hip have amassed a smaller but devoted following south of the border based on their spontaneous, lively performances.

Toronto's Sadies might be more familiar to American audiences as Neko Case's backing band, but the spirited quartet - which recently took home Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group of the Year honors at Canada's Indie Awards - deserves to be seen on its own.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-2038, $25, all ages

POP

Lily Allen

Spitfire Lily Allen doesn't really belong to a particular genre - and you get the distinct impression she'd quickly move on to something else if she did.

Allen's fiercely independent streak and no-nonsense approach has led her to lash out at established outlets like Britain's NME for its treatment of female artists. Think Courtney Love (minus the drug problems and with real talent) for a new generation.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Aladdin Theater, 3018 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $25, all ages

- Barbara Mitchell