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Live Music

Aug. 14

North country

Seattle roots country band Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer will make the release of their debut CD “The Flower of Muscle Shoals” with this show. Gifted with a man-of-the-people baritone-tenor, Morrison is literate and lyrical, writing tunes that would satisfy any fan of melodic country, from waltzes to joint-jumpers. His band features Country Dave Harmonson (Zoe Muth) on pedal steel, Jim Miller (Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank) on guitar and vocals, Robert Adesso on guitar/harmony vocals, Mary Maass on fiddle, Ethan Lawton on drums, and Michael Thomas Connolly (Coyote Grace) on bass and accordion.

Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer, Ed & the Red Reds, Lone Madrone, 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.

Aug. 15

The Bare facts

Bobby Bare Jr.’s latest single, “The Big Time,” lyrically draws on such similarly themed songs as Iggy Pop’s “Success” while giving a nod to Ray Davies and Cake in terms of arrangements. In other words, like the pop-rock-country-folkie singer Bare himself, the song is both familiar sounding yet hard to pinpoint.

In addition to the new album, William Miller and Reelhouse have created a documentary about Bare titled “Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost) (www.dontfollowmeimlost-film.com/official-trailer/).” So now you have two reasons to celebrate.

Bobby Bare Jr., Phantom Ships, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water St. $12. Info: www.bunksandwiches.com/shows/.

Aug. 16

Ctrl, alt, dance

Operators is a brand-spanking-new analog/electronic/dance project of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits). The nouveau synth-popsters’ first single “True” is a funky-meets-nerdy tune that would go down well with old and nu skool rug-cutters. We dare you not to dance.

Future Islands, Operators, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. $15. Info: 503-231-9663, www.dougfirlounge.com

Holiday plans

Karla Mi Lugo has been a street performer for years, dancing, playing the accordion, doing comedy and making balloon art. However, Mi Lugo’s talents don’t end there — she’s put together a vaudevillian’s take on the life of Billie Holiday. The show is a simultaneous portrait of Holiday and Mi Lugo, as she uses her talents to turning the tragic story into a comedy.

Karla Mi Lugo’s Billie Holiday Impersonator Show, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Floyd’s Coffee Shop, 118 N.W. Couch St. $10, but no one turned away for lack of money. Info: 503-295-7791, www.floydscoffee.com.

Quick hits

• Indie rootsy Hearts Of Oak, otherwise known as Nate Wallace and his band, marks the release of a new album at this show, along with Hook & Anchor as well as Water Tower, at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Info: 503-231-9663, www.dougfirlounge.com

• Americana outfits Woodlander, as well as Gary Furlow and the Loafers, perform at O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. $8 in advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-244-1690, www.oconnorsportland.com.