Damien Jurado's music is comparable to the Seattle weather that serves as the backdrop to the artist's native stomping grounds—depressed and overcast. Simple guitar melodies and harmonic vocals linger like a cloudy ceiling of the city. His quotable lyrics provide a beautiful soundtrack to help limp through the rainy winter. 9 pm. Neptune Theatre. $15.
Of Decemberists fame, froggy-voiced, tweed-loving, glasses-wearing big-word-using Meloy promises a set comprised of covers from his most recent EP, old Decemberists' material and unreleased solo material. Meloy's Portland and Seattle set will also feature a special guest, ubiquitous musician and indie contributor John Roderick who has worked with the Decemberists as well as Death Cab for Cutie, Nada Surf and Pedro the Lion. 8 pm. Crystal Ballroom. $30.
friday 17-saturday 18
Inspired by Bend's own Little Woody festival, Portland's cousin beer tasting features craft wood-aged beers from the best breweries in the West and a whiskey tasting. We're sold! Barrel-aged beers come in a variety of vessels from pinot noir barrels to more traditional bourbon barrels, and even open fermentation sours, IPAs and ales. 4 pm. Leftbank Annex. $40.
Bon Iver's singer and songwriting force, Justin Vernon, has a flexible falsetto that he throws like a boomerang in all of his musical endeavors. When he performs with side project Volcano Choir, he also has an auto-tuner and a twinkling affinity for math rock. Collaborating with former members of Collections of Colonies of Bees, Death Blues and All Tiny Creatures, Volcano Choir is an electro-pop twist on Vernon's outstanding musical creations.7:30 pm. Wonder Ballroom. $20-$23.