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Live Music

June 12

Cirrus music

Australia’s dreamy, folky, psychedelic and fun Cloud Control evince a melodic, swaying sound with echoes of doo-wop, Leonard Cohen, the Beach Boys and yes, we kid you not, Tom Petty. Their understated yet anthemic “Dojo Rising,” one of last year’s best alternative rock singles, can be found on their latest album “Dream Cave.” Also give a listen to the upbeat jaunty “Moonrabbit,” which sounds like The Mamas & The Papas or The Turtles had they formed in 2005 like CC instead of the 1960s.

These Aussies put the “melo” in melody, but don’t mistake them for lightweights — they have real sustainable power and are on their way to creating an oeuvre of “ah”-some-ness.

Metronomy, Cloud Control, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com.

June 14

by: COURTESY OF PARADISE - Paradise is one of the bands to be featured at the Slabtown Nuggets Night show June 14.

Nuggets do-over

Nuggets Night, one of our fair city’s coolest annual rock ‘n’ roll shows, was canceled earlier this year due to an attack by the Abominable Snowman. However, fans of garage, psychedelic, bubblegum and just plain cool rock ‘n’ roll need not sit at home crying 96 Tears over their loss, for Nuggets Night returns this week.

Bands on tap include Honus Huffhines, Metropolitan Farms, Paradise, The Pynnacles, The Verner Pantons, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, Monica Nelson and The Highgates, The Cool Whips, Beyond Veronica, Au Dunes, The Zags, Thee Four Teens, The Hauer Things, Red Shadows, and Ten Million Lights, as well as DJ Web of Sound and DJ Tina Boom-Boom. This year’s proceeds will benefit the House of Sound (houseofsound.org), which contains lots of cool videos of your fave local acts and broadcasts mega amounts of music as well.

Nuggets Night, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $8. Info: 971-229-1455, www.slabtownbar.net.

June 14, 15

They are the world

“Sisters in Song: Love Songs, Laments and Lullabies” is the latest offering by Portland

Revels, which presents music, dance, theater productions and educational outreach programs, and probably is best known for its annual Christmas show.

The organization’s a cappella women’s ensemble ViVoce consists of 19 members who will sing music from Israel, Romania, Bosnia, Slovakia, the Tusheti region of (European) Georgia, North America, England, Ireland, Scotland and Bulgaria.

Portland Revels’ ViVoce, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 N.E. 43rd St. $15 for adults, $12 for students, free for children 6-12. Info: 503-274-4654, www.portlandrevels.org.

June 16

He’s booked

Chris Harman, aka Historian, sounds strangely enough a bit like Styx and medieval Christianity. Take “Impossible,” the first cut off his debut album “Shelf Life.” If this is not suburban American prog rock, we don’t know what is, with tempo shifts and effects-laden keys drawing you into his magical world. Next up is “Cut My Name,” essentially a psychedelic Gregorian hymn. Historian likes music that’s layered, ambitious, echoey and poppy in a techno-psychedelic way, ambient and spacey. Harman’s a pretty low-key vocalist, not a belter, but give him a chance, he sounds like he’s going to get more interesting down the road.

Cotton, Historian, Long Hallways, 9 p.m. Monday, June 16, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $6. Info: 971-229-1455, www.slabtownbar.net.

June 17

Shut up and play

Every now and then it’s nice to hear a rock band simply rock, no vocals needed, and Illinois’ Pelican is just such a group. Combining hard rock, sludge metal and other potentially apocalyptic genres, Trevor de Brauw, Bryan Herweg, Larry Herweg and Dallas Thomas create tempo-shifting collages of awesomeness to which you can put your own lyrics since they don’t have any.

Somewhere a tenor-throated vocalist secretly pines to shred his vocal cords as this quartet shreds their chords, but he might as well attend a therapy session with Metallica for all Pelican cares.

Pelican, Tombs, Dust Moth, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave. $15. All ages. Info: 503-234-5683, www.branxpdx.com.

Chile perception

Last year, Melissa Aldana, a young saxophonist from Chile, made a little bit of history when she became the first woman instrumentalist to win the Theolonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. The 20-something Aldana will be jamming here with her Crash Trio, which includes bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. Aldana won Chile’s 2012 Altazor Award for Best Jazz Record, and looks to be one of the newest generation of jazz musicians’ most promising performers as she develops her style, already marked by a warm tone and fluid grace.

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $20. Info: 503-295-6542, www.jimmymaks.com.