Feb. 20

Haggard countenance

by: COURTESY OF AMY DICKERSON - Country singer Suzy Bogguss has paid homage to the great Merle Haggard with her recent CD, and she plays Alberta Rose Theatre Feb. 20.Suzy Bogguss, the platinum-selling country singer, has turned her vocal cords toward all things Merle Haggard, who penned the tunes on her latest CD “Lucky.” It’s not a tribute album, she stresses, it’s just that she happened to like every one of the dozen songs he wrote.

Bogguss will bring her unique take here on such songs as the mournful, boozy lament “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” and the randy “Let’s Chase Each Other Round the Room.” It’s a coming of full circle for Bogguss — her first radio hit back in 1989, “Somewhere Between,” also was written by Haggard.

Suzy Bogguss, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-719-6055,

Feb. 22

Make your pledge now

British electro-art-rock duo Public Service Broadcasting make propaganda fun. The Kraftwerk-inspired outfit uses drums, banjo, guitar, keys and laptop to create danceable melodies that undergird narratives from clips culled from old British government films. The whole thing is oddly comforting — you know they’re poking fun at our elders who tried to gently nurture into flower the good compliant citizen that lurks within all our souls. Yet at the same time you begin to understand why Big Brother can come off like your cherished sibling who always protected you rather than some totalitarian bully. The nanny state never felt so inviting.

Public Service Broadcasting, Kiev, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-231-9663,

Feb. 28

Rollin’ sevens

Portland Americana band The Low Bones draw on everyone from The Band and Uncle Tupelo to Cracker and Tom Petty for its rootsy, yet polished sound. The band has undergone some pretty major changes, with leader Joel Roth losing his original band to various concerns, and essentially using The Low Bones name for shows he’d play as a duo or a trio with bassist Grant Law.

Set to release a sophomore album, “Waiting for the Dawn,” Roth and the musicians he used have created a record meant not just for barroom patrons but concert hall, festival and stadium audiences. Standout tunes include a lovely country ballad called “The Road,” as well as the title track, a swampy alterna-rocker rooted in the blues, but also sounding, strangely enough, like something Phish would have recorded.

Meanwhile, “The Only One” sounds like a tune the similarly minded Fastball would create, roots music with a pop twist. Hopefully, this album will get Roth some recognition outside these parts, since it’s clear he’s got some serious songwriting chops.

Root Jack, The Low Bones, Kathryn Claire, 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $10. Info: 503-493-3600,

‘Round town

• Chuck-Berry-meets-Stevie-Ray-Vaughn guitarist Big Monti sounds a bit like Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds when he sings. He has put out a new record called “Dangling From a Rope.” As always, Monti knows how to play hard-driving blues rock with that sort of classy bouncer vibe the best blues rockers have — they’re nice, but don’t mess with them. Best line: “This party’s boring/Why do I linger/There’s more excitement/In my little finger.” 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-2337,

• Woodlander, an acoustic Americana outfit featuring Will Hobbs, Paul Douglas and Kerry Canfield, has played together since the 1970s in popular Northwest rock/country/bluegrass band Wheatfield, which recently was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Gary Furlow and The Loafers join the show. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 503-484-8196,

• Nashville quintet The Wild Feathers recently put in a spirited performance on Conan O’Brien’s show, jamming their upbeat country rocker “The Ceiling.” Evoking acts like My Morning Jacket and The Avett Brothers, they’re touring to support their debut album. Sharing the stage are Saints of Valory and Jamestown Revival. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., $15. Info: 503-248-4700

• Brit rockers Dinosaur Pile-Up have grabbed a page or two from Foo Fighters, mining the fields of post-grunge, pop rock and punk to create a solid wall of blistering guitar-centric sound, tempered by vocal harmonies. Popular and decidedly ardent alterna-rockers Middle Class Rut headline this show, along with indie pop duo Brick + Mortar, at Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave., at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. $10. Info: 503-234-5683,

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