WEDNESDAY JAN. 22
[MUSIC] Nostalgic and sprawling, the Michigan quintetâs 2012 debut, Lonesome Dreams, wanders over wide-open expanses, trudging through rivers and crossing long distances, all while exploring the romantic notions of love and adventure via delicate guitar melodies and catchy, layered harmonies. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7:30 pm. $17 advance, $19 day of show. All ages.
THURSDAY JAN. 23
PHILLIP ADAMS BALLETLAB
[DANCE] Phillip Adamsâ Amplification is a stark look at death, as played out through the sounds and imagery of a car crash. Adams did research at an emergency room and morgue, inspiration thatâs reflected in the cold, minimalist set. The score is a blaring mix of classical and popular music that also incorporates the jarring sounds of twisted metal. Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave., 245-1600. 8 pm. $20-$30.
[MUSIC] Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington released one of 2013âs most evocative debuts with Psychic, a set of moody psychedelia that sent elements of dubstep and electro-R&B squirming through a black hole. In a year that found mainstream artists flirting with abrasively minimalist textures, Darkside made staring into the abyss alluring. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $20. 21+.
FRIDAY JAN. 24
[COMEDY] Mike Birbiglia spins some of the best stories in the business, tales that transcend comedy to hit a place of cringingly awkward but lovely tenderness. Did you hear about the time he sleepwalked through a motel window in Walla Walla? Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 (sold out) and 9:45 pm. $39.
SATURDAY JAN. 25
COFFEE BEER INVITATIONAL
SUNDAY JAN. 26
[THEATER] Another year, another August Wilson play at Portland Playhouse. This one finds the company at the Winningstad, rather than at its normal Northeast Portland church-cum-theater, for Wilsonâs play about black taxi drivers in mid-â70s Pittsburgh. Expect powerful, simmering stuff. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 488-5822. 2 pm. $38-$63.