Tonight: Mimicking Birds at the Tractor, Jewel at Woodland Park Zoo

Pat Graham
Mimicking Birds, with Lemolo, Wayfinders. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $8. Mimicking Birds' self-titled debut strikes a balance between dynamic, sprightly melodies and hushed, languid folk lullabies. Though it was recorded in fellow Portlander and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock's home studio and released by his record label Glacial Pace in March, the Portland trio's penchant for plucked strings and ethereal, breathy harmonies have more in common with Ugly Casanova and Northwest folk bands like Horse Feathers and the Fleet Foxes. Mimicking Birds has also been inexplicably compared to Bright Eyes, but frontman Nate Lacy's vocals are far more approachable than Conor Oberst's pathesis-saturated utterances. SARA BRICKNER

Jewel, with Radney Foster. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 684-4800. 6 p.m. $28. All ages. "Mamma, when I grow up I want to learn to yodel, and I want to live in a van by the beach and play songs in coffee shops. And then I want to get discovered and become a big star with all my songs on the radio! And then I want to write a book of half-baked poetry and make a crummy dance-pop album. And then when my career fizzles, I want to marry a famous rodeo cowboy and live on a bazillion-acre ranch, and I want to be a guest judge on American Idol and Iron Chef America, and I want to get on every reality TV show I can. But then I want to be a country singer, because that's where the real money is!" MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

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