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July 31

The road less taken

Fairfield, Conn.’s The Alternate Routes may have written this generation’s “Imagine” with their increasingly popular single “Nothing More,” a midtempo folk rocker with the almost biblical chorus, “We are how we treat each other/And nothing more.”

Given it’s sung in a glorious tenor voice with an implied choir of angels in the background, it’s no surprise it was a featured song at this year’s Olympics. You can catch a glimpse of this duo’s heart and soul when vocalist Tim Warren and guitarist Eric Donnelly take the stage along with Americana band Red Wanting Blue.

Red Wanting Blue, The Alternate Routes, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.

Aug. 4

Reverb and rabbits

One of the reasons the ‘80s sounded so ‘80s was Liverpool’s Echo and The Bunnymen. With their New Wave haircuts, stylish outfits and mostly nonbending, reverb-drenched guitars, Ian McCulloch and company joined U2, The Cure, the Psychedelic Furs and other anthemic bands in a sonic assault that cleared away blues-based rock for a time from the airwaves.

The Bunnymen have survived the death of original drummer Pete de Freitas, various side projects and detours, and are now touring to support their newest album “Meteorites,” the title cut of which sounds like The Beatles and Pink Floyd meets Radiohead and Coldplay.

Echo and The Bunnymen, 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $27. Info: 503-225-0047, www.crystalballroompdx.com

Aug. 7

Wet behind the gears

L.A.’s Girlpool is not afraid to sing explicit songs about explicit stuff, but their harmonies are so pretty and girlish you could be forgiven for not realizing at first they’re actually feminists slamming the patriarchy that annoys the heck out of them while simultaneously longing for boyfriends.

Blind Lovejoy, Girlpool, Heathers, 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, Laughing Horse, 12 N.E. 10th Ave. All ages. $5 donation, but no one turned away. Info: 503-236-2893, www.facebook.com/LaughingHorsePDX.

Quick hit

• The Village Voice named Yonatan Gat of Monotonix “Best Guitarist of 2013” and he brings his incredible sounds to Portland, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $10. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.

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