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by: ©2007 Alan Messer, Country hall-of-famer and septuagenarian Charlie Louvin has just recorded a new album, after a decade’s hiatus. He comes to the Aladdin on Wednesday.

ALTERNATIVE

Dean and Britta

Dean Wareham's distinctive, slightly dusky vocals have adorned many an alternative classic, from the time he spent in college rock pioneer Galaxie 500 to his similarly attuned and much-beloved next band, Luna.

He and wife/Luna bassist Britta Phillips have resurfaced as a beautiful, mellow combo, its languid pace perfectly suited to both their voices, with wide-open spaces that create a dreamy, miragelike landscape. Call it easy listening for the alt-rock set.

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $17, all ages

COUNTRY

Charlie Louvin

Charlie Louvin - half of legendary country outfit the Louvin Brothers - turns 80 in July. That should be enough to motivate everyone to see this show, but if it's not then pick up a copy of his new self-titled album (the first in a decade), which includes collaborations with a broad spectrum of artists such as Elvis Costello, George Jones, Bobby Bare Sr., Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and members of Bright Eyes, Superchunk, Lambchop and Clem Snide.

Without the contributions of Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Louvin, there'd be no 'alt-country' - and how many more chances are you going to get to see this living legend?

8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $20-$22, all ages

REGGAE

Stephen Marley

'Good music, good message, good vibe.'

That's the impression that Stephen Marley hopes that the family name (Dad was reggae pioneer Bob Marley) makes with anyone who sees it. The Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, singer and musician has been a part of family combo the Melody Makers since he was 7 and has earned more official accolades than anyone else in the genre, but he's just releasing his first solo album - the excellent 'Mind Control.'

Featuring appearances from Ben Harper and Mos Def, among others, it most definitely perpetuates the legacy and trademark of quality that Marley set out to achieve on his own.

8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-2038, $21, all ages

- Barbara Mitchell