April 18

Teenage tasteland

Portland’s Foreign Talks is a four-piece indie-pop band comprised of brothers Marcus Fischer (lead vocals, guitar, bass) and Madison Fischer (lead vocals, percussion, keyboards), along with Tanner Steinmetz (guitar, bass, backing vocals) and Kevin Downes (guitar, backing vocals, percussion). Ranging in age from 17 to 19, the group’s members are releasing their eponymously titled debut album, and it’s pretty darn good for a bunch of young punks.

Opening tune “Denial” immediately pegs the band as one willing to take some chances, especially when it comes to harmonies and vocal lines, which shift seamlessly from one type of attack to another. Meanwhile, “Santa Cruz” is a delightful upbeat band-on-the-beach rocker. Other standout tunes include “Mama,” a bittersweet take on growing up with family conflict.

Foreign Talks, Red Cloud, 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Backspace, 115 N.W. Fifth Ave. $7. All ages. Info: 503-248-2900,

April 19, 20


Hailing from Nashville, indie-folk duo Loves It! was formed by a mutual love of early country, gospel, bluegrass and soul. Jenny Parrott and Vaughn Walters strum guitars, sing, fiddle and thrall, as they say, on claw hammer banjo. Having played more than 200 shows in eight different countries on three continents, their paths have taken them here for a couple of shows this week. Hopefully, they’ll arrive safe and sound, having survived a 2012 accident in July when a semi totaled their vehicle.

Loves It! Performing 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, McMenamins Edgefield Winery, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. Free. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Gemini Lounge, 6526 S.E. Foster Road. Info:

April 24

Legal alien

Kiran Ahluwalia was born in India, raised in Canada, and now lives in New York City. So it’s no surprise her music crosses boundaries, with her latest record combining a love of ghazals, or poetic songs, and Punjabi folk songs. Her latest CD “Aam Zameen: Common Ground” was awarded Canada’s JUNO for “Best World Music Album of the Year.” Ahluwalia also won the Canadian Folk Music award for World Solo Artist of the Year. Previous recordings have found her fusing the sounds of her native India with Portugese fado and Celtic fiddle.

Kiran Ahluwalia, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. 503-719-6055,

‘Round town

• He once called Portland home, but now Big Monti Amundson carries his award-winning ax around The Netherlands. The blues-guitarist, oft-compared to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Rory Gallagher, will jam at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-2337,

• “Wild Geese: A Celebration of Spring” will feature Dan Weber, an award-winning songwriter, Avery Hill, a noted songwriting teacher and singer, and Rich Waggoner, a member of Nightfolk, at Artichoke Music, 3130 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, April 20. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Info:

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