Greg Dulli has always reveled in exploring the seedier side of life, particularly when it involves the twisted dynamic of relationships.
With the Afghan Whigs, that was achieved lyrically. His latest project, the appropriately named Twilight Singers, is more of a comprehensive soundtrack to late-night living - illuminating the addictive allure of darkness while hinting at the emptiness that lurks in its corners.
For this tour, he's joined by Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, whose whiskey-soaked vocals should add an additional element of beautiful decadence.
9 p.m. FRIDAY, June 16, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $14
Emil DeWaal Trio featuring Wayne Horvitz and Johnny Sangster
Emil DeWaal isn't exactly a household name in this country, but in his native Denmark this accomplished and acclaimed musician is the house drummer for the equivalent of the Danish David Letterman.
He's also a top-notch member of the experimental/improv community who's playing a very limited number of shows in the States re-creating an album recorded between Copenhagen and New York last year.
DeWaal and collaborator Gustav Ljunggren recorded the backing tracks then flew to New York to have notable musician friends add solos. They then erased their backing tracks and improvised new music around those recordings.
This is an opportunity to watch that process in action, as DeWaal, Ljunggren and collaborators improv new material each night around those solos. What could be musical wankery in less capable hands is a fascinating journey in creativity and musicianship.
9 p.m. FRIDAY, June 16, Towne Lounge, 714 S.W. 20th Place, 503-241-8696, $6
The Sound the Hare Heard (Kill Rock Stars Showcase)
Compilation albums can be a great way to discover new music, and Kill Rock Stars' Slim Moon is a master at pulling together stellar collections of artists you should pay attention to. (Moon's label released early albums by Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists, and past compilations have included tracks by Neko Case and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs before they broke.)
He's just released a brilliant new compilation of singer-songwriters called 'The Sound the Hare Heard' and has launched a national tour featuring a revolving cast of participants.
Tonight's show features Laura Veirs, Corrina Repp, Southerly and three more standouts from the record.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, June 17, the Artistery, 4315 S.E. Division St., 503-803-5942, $6, all ages
The Carl Palmer Band
Drummer Carl Palmer has quite a résumé - and probably more than his share of stories to tell.
A pioneer of British progressive rock, Palmer co-founded Atomic Rooster but is best known for his work in supergroups Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Asia. A phenomenal and universally respected musician, he's also known for his showmanship - which means his performance here with guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Stuart Clayton should make for an exceptional night of music.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, June 17, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $29.50-$32, all ages
It's almost a wonder that critically acclaimed newcomer José González has received the kind of overwhelming response he has - not because his debut album, 'Veneer,' isn't remarkably good, but because it's so understated and quiet that it could easily be overlooked in the din of everything else out there.
The young Swedish singer-songwriter and gifted guitarist brings to mind the breathy, classical feel of Nick Drake and the still, somber beauty of the Red House Painters.
Argentine songbird Juana Molina opens the show with her spellbinding blend of ambient/electronic/folk/pop.
9 p.m. SUNDAY, June 18, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $13