Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• The music of X continues to be sonically groundbreaking today, three decades after it helped introduce punk rock to the masses. The band will play the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. Tickets: $30, $35 day of show, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• The electronica and world roots music outfit Beats Antique performs at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29. Tickets: $30, $35 day of show, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• Amanda Richards and The Good Long Whiles entertain at the Laurelthirst Public House, 2958 N.E. Glisan St., 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. It's a going-away party for the band's bass player, Andy Clapp. There's a $6 cover.
• An appearance by The Motet still has tickets available, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St. Tickets: $25, www.revolutionhall.com. But, the Dec. 31 date is sold out.
• Portland folk-rockers Fruition play the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, and 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. The band just announced their forthcoming album, "Watching It All Fall Apart," will come out Feb. 2 via LoHi Records. The first single is "I'll Never Sing Your Name." Fruition is coming off a tour with Greensky Bluegrass. Tickets: $27.50 Saturday, $30 Sunday, www.crystalballroompdx.com.
• World traveler Jerry Joseph, along with the Jackmormons, returns to his adopted hometown for shows at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 30-31. Tickets: $20-$25, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• Presented by the Oregon Symphony, conducted by Norman Huynh, it's the Pink Martini New Year's Extravaganza, taking place both days leading up to the new year, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, and 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. China Forbes and Storm Large will sing with Thomas Lauderdale and the band, along with special guests Ari Shapiro, The von Trapps and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana. Pink Martini has a new CD ("Je Dis Oui!") and, in keeping with the "Ode to Joy" tradition, the concert will include the full-throated final movement of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony." Tickets: starting at $40, www.orsymphony.org.
• Friends of Chamber Music presents its sixth annual New Year's Eve concert, as part of its Dinner With Friends series. It features The Florestan Trio and special guests baritone Kevin Walsh and pianist John Strege. The Florestan Trio is pianist Janet Goodman Guggenheim, violinist Carol Sindell, and cellist Hamilton Cheifetz. They'll perform Franck's "Violin Sonata" and other favorites. The details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., www.focm.org, $35.
• Portland singer Caleb Klauder and his country band's New Year's Eve "Rhinestone Bash!" takes place at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Spare Room Lounge, 4830 N.E. 42nd Ave. The Western Centuries opens. For more: www.calebklauder.com.
• Mason Jennings closes out the year with shows at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 7 and 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, returning to perform in Portland for the first time in years. For more: $35, $45 at door, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
• The Lake Theater, 106 N. State St. in Lake Oswego, plays host to Portland folk-country songstress Mary Cameron and a five-piece band paying tribute to Loretta Lynn, as part of the theater's Music Monday series, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1. For more: www.laketheatercafe.com.
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• Hoping to raise money and put the focus on the subject of health care, the 7th annual Inner City Blues Festival, "Healing the Healthcare Blues," takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the North Portland Eagles Lodge. The lineup includes I&I Band reunion (with Newell Briggs, Obi Addy), Ken DeRouche Band with Mz. Etta, King Louie Pain Quartet and LaRhonda Steele, Mic Crenshaw, Norman Sylvester Review with Sarah Billings and Lenanne Sylvester-Miller, Tevis Hodge Jr., Bill Rhoades and Terry Robb. Tickets for $20 are available at www.tickettomato.com.