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by: ©2007 ANDREW WALSH, Joe McMurrian stays true to his roots at the White Eagle Saloon on Tuesday nights.

BLUES

Joe McMurrian Quartet

Joe McMurrian has called the White Eagle Saloon home every Tuesday night for the past two years. The dusky atmosphere and storied past serve as the ideal setting for his haunted blend of delta blues and progressive songwriting.

His whisky-soaked voice is stained with regret, while his deft guitar playing is spellbinding. It's hard not to be pulled into McMurrian's supernatural and beautiful bleak landscape.

8:30 p.m. Tuesday, White Eagle Saloon, 836 N. Russell St., 503-282-6810, free

SONGWRITER

Chris Bjerken with Emma Hill and Rosemary Tracy

His forthcoming full-length may be called 'The Sense to Come In Out of the Rain,' but youthful Alaska transplant Chris Bjerken recently had the good sense to come south to see if he could find a broader audience for his music.

A regional favorite for good reason, Bjerken crafts earnest and heartfelt acoustic pop that should strike a chord with fans of likeminded coffeehouse alumni such as Jack Johnson.

9 p.m. Wednesday, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3231, $5

ALTERNATIVE

Siberian

Seattle's Siberian plays indie pop that's beautiful and muscular, gliding easily between shimmering heights and glittering angularity.

The fact that Siberian has only one album - last year's critically lauded 'With Me' - under its belt is surprising given the confidence that shines through.

The excellent Boy Eats Drum Machine and sweet-voiced Day of Lions round out the bill.

9 p.m. Thursday, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $8

- Barbara Mitchell