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Live Music

Jan. 24, 31

Biscuits with banjo

You never know what’s going to happen at the “Eat Off Your Banjo” series at The Eastburn, says hostess Liz Chibucos.

“The aim is to not have any two weeks be the same,” she says. “We’ve had solo singer-songwriters, traditional bluegrass bands, newgrass, jamgrass, funkgrass, etcetera. I ask musicians to come to this series with new material; new collaborations with musicians from different bands; or special projects like a cover of a whole album, for example.”

Chibucos plays with The Student Loan String Band, and often does her own shtick at the show as well, but notes “it’s pretty loose.

“We also have weeks that are devoted to jam circles. I announce those weeks well ahead of time on the ‘Eat Off Your Banjo’ Facebook page and sign people up for it.” So there’s your hint, jammers, get on the InterWebs and get ready to pluck them strings.

Eat Off Your Banjo, 8-10 p.m. Thursdays, Eastburn, 1800 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages till 10 p.m. Info: 503-236-2876, www.theeastburn.com.

Jan. 25

Quietly counting

Portland’s languid-meets-intense Silent Numbers features Nick Woods on vocals and guitar, Eric Sabatino on guitar, Bryan Robertson on bass and Adrian Melnick on drums.

Woods and Sabatino both hail from the Detroit scene, “but never met until we were in Portland and I responded to a Craigslist ad,” Woods says, adding that Robertson was part of the art noise scene in Providence, R.I., and Melnick, a former New Yorker, used to play with experimental posters Millions of Birds.

“At first we thought the band was going to be a lot like the Jesus and Mary Chain, because I’d written a lot of loud rock pop noise songs, but Eric's guitar style was a bit of surf at the time, and we sort of veered into something else entirely,” Woods says. “Whenever I’ve been in all-guitar bands in the past, it’s almost always devolved into loud rock; that’s the easiest and most natural evolution. With this band, we’re practically going in the opposite direction; starting from rock pop and moving into quieter and more complicated songs. But, we still like to make noise.”

Silent Numbers, For the Lash. Child Children, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, The Know, 2026 N.E. Alberta St. Info: 503-473-8729, www.theknowpdx.com.

Jan. 27

Berber shop

Born and raised in Algeria, Portland’s Moh Alileche taught himself to play traditional Amazigh, or Berber, music on a hand-made-single-stringed instrument, later switching to guitar and then to the 10-silk-stringed mandol or “agember.” You know the sound if you’ve ever watched one of those sword-and-sandal epics Hollywood used to crank out. Since his move to the United States in 1990, Moh has become a popular performer here, with his third album, “North Africa’s Destiny?” selected Best 2005 World Music album in the Africa category by the Indie Acoustic Project. He recently released “When the Dust Settles (Tamdit B’wass),” six songs of which were recorded in Algeria and three in the states, including one tune composed and sung in English. His music is gently intoxicating, evoking warm images of his North African homeland.

Moh Alileche, 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926, www.musicmillennium.com.

Jan. 28

The remasculation of rock

by: COURTESY OF EARACHE RECORDS - Breakthrough hard-rockers Rival Sons plays Doug Fir, Jan. 28.Long Beach, Calif.’s Rival Sons have had it with wussy rock, and you can hear it their Led Zeppelin-meets-Mountain tunes, which feature everything from blistering blues harmonica to open tuned guitar licks straight outta every 1970s vinyl record collection. In a fitting twist on how American guitar gods like Hendrix found favor first in England, Rival Sons have become critical darlings in Great Britain, where their latest album “Head Down” hit No. 1 on the rock charts. Not to mention these boys, who apparently are unable to fully button their retro jackets, took home the “Breakthrough Artist” award at this year’s Classic Rock Awards show in London. Formed in 2008, the quartet of Scott Holiday on guitar, Robin Everhart on bass, Mike Miley on drums and Jay Buchanan on vocals recently drew praise from Jimmy Page himself in the pages of Rolling Stone. When the levee breaks, indeed.

Rival Sons, 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10. Info: 503-231-WOOD, www.dougfirlounge.com.