Portland-area music happenings


Dr. Dog

This Philly five-piece matches off-the-cuff, carefree indie rock with killer harmonies - think Pavement meets the Beach Boys.

They make music that's highly listenable and hugely contagious, not to mention energetic and fun.

9 p.m. FRIDAY, March 16, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $12


Floater, Tyrone Wells

Los Angeles sensation Tyrone Wells brings his coffeehouse soul back to the Northwest.

A native of Spokane, Wash., and the son of a preacher, Wells manages to jazz up his earnest acoustic tendencies with a slick pop sensibility on his debut album, 'Hold On.'

He regularly sells out Southern California venues like the El Rey Theater and House of Blues, and his soulful, laid-back music and mellow vibe should appeal to fans of headliners Floater.

9 p.m. SATURDAY, March 17, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $12-$14, all ages

Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin has the voice of an old soul - there's a quality of compassionate wisdom and empathy that extends from her vocals and imbues her songwriting with a rich, comforting glow.

While early reviews compared her to Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette, Griffin has grown into a singular artist - one compelling enough to inspire filmmaker Cameron Crowe to include her in the film 'Elizabethtown' and artists like Emmylou Harris and Solomon Burke to cover her songs.

With her new album, 'Children Running Through,' Griffin finally seems poised to make the leap from cult favorite to mainstream contender.

8 p.m. SUNDAY, March 18, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $32.50-$35, all ages


Wayne 'the Train' Hancock

You don't earn a nickname like 'the Train' by being a milquetoast.

Wayne Hancock is a master of 'hillbilly swing' - a deliciously twangy, undeniably American celebration of honky-tonk livin' that conjures up the ghost of Hank Williams and goes on a joy ride through the dusty back roads of this great country (and western).

Power of County also is on the bill.

9:30 p.m. SATURDAY, March 17, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $10

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