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March 19


Cry baby

Dana Fuchs looks like a Hollywood movie star — in fact, she played Sadie in the 2007 Beatles music epic “Across the Universe” — and sounds a lot like Janis Joplin, whom she has played in the off Broadway musical “Love, Janis.” This blues rock queen delivers achingly passionate performances that combine old school soul with new school sass. She’s on the road to support her DVD/CD “Songs From The Road” and kicks off KINK 101.9 FM’s “Blues Room Live at Jimmy Mak’s” series, hosted by Steve Pringle, who deejays the radio station’s popular “Sunday Night Blues Room.”

Dana Fuchs, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $15 general admission, $18 reserved. Info: 503-295-6542, www.jimmymaks.com.

March 20

A tisket, a casket

Portland’s Three for Silver features Willo Sertain on vocals/guitars, Greg Allison on violin and Lucas Warford on homemade bass. This intriguing trio has honed their strange, compelling folk music by playing both on the street and at various venues. They sound like something you can’t quite put your finger on, as if the ghosts of a group of late 19th-century troubadours keep haunting the place they last played because they never got to do an encore. The group debuts its new CD “Bury Me Standing” at this great show, which also features: all-women band the Ukeladies; electro-swingers Sepiatonic; comedian Paul Schlesinger; and emcee Leo Daedalus, host of “The Late Now,” (www.thelatenow.com), a Web show where Three For Silver serves as the house band.

Three for Silver, The Ukeladies, Sepiatonic, Paul Schlesinger, Leo Daedalus, 9 p.m. Friday, March 20, The Secret Society, 116 N.E. Russell St. $10. Info: 503-493-3600,

www.secretsociety.net.

Mt. Saint Heartbreak

Some guy broke singer-songwriter Emily Hearn’s heart and just like Adele, Hearn did the most sensible thing and rather than try to win him back, she wrote a song about the experience, a lovely piano-driven ballad called “Like a Volcano.” You can hear it, along with 11 other pop, folk and country flavored tunes on her latest album “Hourglass,” released this month. By the way, we’re assuming the guy in question is not Michael Harrison, her bass-playing husband, but if it is, he’s been schooled, baby.

Tyrone Wells, Dominic Balli, Emily Hearn, 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $20. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.

March 23

YouTubular

COURTESY OF ZEN SEKIZAWA - OK Go, an early YouTube favorite with Here It Goes Again, plays Crystal Ballroom, March 23.If any band deserves credit for turning YouTube into the music delivery machine it is, it’s Chicago-meets-L.A.’s OK Go, given their 2006 video “Here It Goes Again,” the one with the treadmills, that inspired every other artist on Earth to get on the Internet. Since storming the world almost a decade ago now, OK Go has developed into one of the sharpest, tightest pop-rock bands around, rivaling everyone from Cheap Trick to Franz Ferdinand in their ability to write hook-laden music with memorable choruses and clean arrangements. The band’s latest EP, “Upside Out,” features the roller-rink funk of “I Won’t Let You Down,” as well as the irresistible OMD-inspired synth-pop of “The Writing’s On The Wall.”

OK Go, 8 p.m. Monday, March 23, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $20 in advance, $23 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047, www.crystalballroompdx.com.

Quick hits

• Portland’s funky Americana soul band Ma Fondue features Nayibe Rojas on vocals, James Mason on guitar and vocals, Shawn Martin on drums and vocals, Mike Zilis on keyboard and Ben Rougeou on bass. The group plays at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Vie de Boheme, 1530 S.E. Seventh Ave. $5. Info: 503-360-1233, www.viedebohemepdx.com.

• Perennial Brit blues rock kings Savoy Brown, featuring Kim Simmonds, play at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $35. Parent/guardian must accompany minor. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.

• Rootsy Southern gothic singer Adia Victoria sings like a sophisticated child, or better yet, a woman who never lost her sense of wonder despite encountering various hellish scenarios along the strange path life has taken her. She’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime types, so make sure you catch her with Hurray for Riff Raff at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Parent/guardian must accompany minor.

Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.

• Doom metal-flavored experimental instrumental shoegazers This Will Destroy You join forces with epic indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars at 9 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $14 in advance, $16 day of show. Info: 503-231-9663, www.dougfirlounge.com.

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