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by: ©2007 AUTUMN DEWILDE, Eleni Mandell gives Valentine’s Day a breathy, bluesy soundtrack Wednesday at the Doug Fir.

SONGWRITER

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

On her third album, 'Like, Love, Lust and The Open Halls of the Soul,' Seattle songbird Jesse Sykes moves beyond the spectral twangst of her previous works and into more vibrant and richly textured territory.

There's still an autumnal feeling to the material, but this time around it feels more like a poignant but leisurely drive on a beautiful fall day, sun streaming through the trees, windows down, cruising back roads with a best friend or a former flame.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $18, all ages

Eleni Mandell

It's appropriate that Eleni Mandell is making her Portland appearance on Valentine's Day. The L.A. chanteuse wraps her velvety voice around bruised and tender songs of love and loss, bad boys and makeout kings. Mandell seems to have stepped out of an earlier era, spinning bluesy, noirish tales with speakeasy flair and an artist's touch.

Her new album, 'Miracle of Five,' is her most confident to date - a spellbinding collection of shadowy, sepia-tinged nuggets that will have you falling hard.

9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $12

GLAM-ROCK

Sophe Lux

If you've ever witnessed the sublime spectacle that is Sophe Lux, it should come as no surprise that the band's video currently is vying for top honors in an international competition.

But the band (playing tonight with Morgan Grace and the High Violets' transcendent Kaitlyn ni Donovan) needs your vote. Now. Go to www.wearelistening.org/vote_nmva.php and cast your vote for Portland's reigning art-rock act, or suffer in solidarity if some schmuck from Los Angeles takes the cake.

9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St., 503-239-7639, $6

- Barbara Mitchell