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Jan. 2

COURTESY: JASON THRASHER - Camper Van Beethoven will perform the band's 1988 album 'Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart' in its entirety in a show shared with Cracker, Jan. 2 at Aladdin Theater.

Hipster heaven

Few post-punk bands evoked, then transcended, the irreverent world of alterna-rock in the 1980s quite like the wonderfully eclectic Camper Van Beethoven, whose adventurous music incorporated every style from funk to klezmer to ska to prog rock to all notes in between. Like the best bands, CVB understood the only boundaries in music are the ones you choose not to cross.

At this show, David Lowery and company will perform their signature 1988 album, “Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart,” in its entirety. Oh yes, and the band is still cranking out albums, and two of CVB songs recently were included in the soundtrack for “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” Following CVB’s set, Lowery will take the stage with his other group, Cracker, whose 2014 album “Berkeley to Bakersfield” reunited Cracker’s original lineup of Davey Faragher, Michael Urbano, Johnny Hickman and Lowery. The record showcased the band’s interest in both the Bay Area’s garage and punk sound as well as the country sounds long associated with Bakersfield, Calif.

Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, Aladdin Theatre, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $22 Parent or guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.

COURTESY: BRADFORD JONES - Cracker's 2014 album 'Berkeley to Bakersfield', showcasing its garage, punk and country influence, reunited the band's original lineup.

Jan. 6

Takin’ It G-Eazy

If there’s one thing one of America’s current top-selling rappers does not lack, it’s confidence. In the course of his song “Random,” Ukrainian-American G-Eazy not only points out repeatedly he is not a spendthrift, and therefore can be trusted with your company’s balance sheets, he also places himself at the center of female libidinal yearnings, or, to put it as plainly as he does, “Understand to these female fans/I am sex.”

Now you know why you’re single — you don’t embody an entire biological activity upon which the procreation of humanity depends. But G-Eazy does. And this is not random.

G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg, Marc E. Bassy, Nef the Pharaoh. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way. $39.50, $32.50. Info: www.rosequarter.com.

Quick hits

• Combining elements of garage-rock, folk, blues, country, gospel and pop, Shane Tutmarc creates a unique sonic stew that should help you sober up after New Year’s Eve. Catch him for free with Lincoln Barr and Johnny Sangster at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, in Al’s Den, The Crystal Ballroom, 301 S.W. 12th Ave. 21 and over. Info: www.mcmenamins.com.

• Every Tuesday, including Jan. 5, you can learn to dance with the Portland Blues and Jazz Dance Society, which hosts lessons at the Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St. The all-ages event offers both beginner and intermediate lessons. A series lesson takes place from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by a drop-in lesson that’s free with $6 admission to the 9 p.m. blues dance. Info: 503-206-7630, www.bossanovaballroom.com.

• “Meta-folk-country-pop” is how Johnny Ampersand describes his music, so if that’s your thing, check him out with Indira Valey and Blake Austin at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Kelly’s Olympian, 426 S.W. Washington St. $5. Info: 503-228-3669, www.kellysolympian.com.