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Live Music

May 3

Spelunk punk

Ooh, ooh, ooh! The Cave Singers are coming here, and you’d be crazy to miss them. This rockin’ rootsy band is made up of singer Pete Quirk, guitarist Derek Fudesco, drummer Marty Lund and bassist Morgan Henderson of Blood Brothers and Fleet Foxes. Few bands deliver live like these cats do, singing spiritualized bluesy, country folk ‘n’ roll that will make you stomp your feet, confess your sins and order another round all at the same time.

They’re one of the closest ways you can come to a revival service without actually darkening the doorway of a church, and they boast John-Lee-Hooker-meets John-Fogerty guitar riffs that can make a cop turn in his badge and a politician admit he’s taking bribes.

The Cave Singers, Bleeding Rainbow, 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $16 to $18. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com

All this and pizza

Robin Jackson of Vagabond Opera and the MarchFourth Marching Band and Portland indie folkie Kathryn Claire will jam together in a benefit that also will feature members of the Portland Cello Project and Horsefeathers.

Jackson has mastered numerous instruments, from saxophone to mbira and played with everyone from Gogol Bordello to Amanda Palmer to The Decembrists. He possesses a knack for not choosing the most obvious rhymes to complete a verse, a valued trait in a world overcrowded with lyrical cliches.

Meanwhile, Claire possesses a strong, beautiful voice and plays a good fiddle. A musician’s musician, she’s jammed with the Cello Project, Hanz Araki and Jonah, and released a great album called “Morning Comes Too Soon” in 2011 that displayed her gifts for traditional melodies with a contemporary twist. Proceeds from this show benefit the Joy Now Arts Project, an after-school arts program (joynowproject.org).

Robin Jackson and Kathryn Claire, 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N. Mississippi St. $8-12. Info: 503-288-323, www.mississippipizza.com.

May 5

by: COURTESY OF RYAN PARMA - Pentatonix, winners of season three of NBCs The Sing-Off, bring their popular a capella to the Crystal Ballroom, May 5.

All vocal, all the time

Even if you’re not a fan of the numerous, often-cloying talent shows that have come to dominate the airwaves over the past decade or so, a group that appeared on one of them is not only really good, but awfully cute — Pentatonix. Hailing from Arlington, Texas, the four men and one woman who comprise the group won Season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and deservedly so given their penchant for tight harmonies and fun takes on popular tunes. The a capella group’s YouTube video for “Evolution of Music,” which squeezes several centuries’ worth of music into four minutes, has been viewed more than 5 million times, and Pentatonix has been selling out venues nationwide.

Pentatonix, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-225-0047, www.mcmenamins.com

May 6

Three for free

As part of its daylong Community Day celebration, Music Millennium is showcasing three groovy artists. First up is Violet Trouper, featuring Kristin Sidorak, a recent transplant from Brooklyn to Portland. A dreamy cinematic pop rocker with a pretty good set of alto pipes, Sidorak definitely knows how to take older formulas and give them a new twist, as evidenced by the midtempo rocker “The Good Fight” (also the name of her debut album) as well as the spaghetti Western ballad “Feats of Snow.”

Meanwhile, Michael Manning is a “self-taught unorthodox player” and the eclectic Jack McMahon hosts the record store’s Songwriters’ Showcases and is well-known for his highly intelligent folk-to-funk music.

Violet Trouper, Michael Manning, Jack McMahon, 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926, www.musicmillennium.com.

May 7

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Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh met as teachers at a song academy in Sisters in 2006. Enamored with Kokesh’s fiddle playing and singing, Byrd invited her to play with him, birthing a partnership that got its name when they had to stop recording as birds in the walls erupted in song. They called themselves the Barn Birds. Byrd himself is one of the finer countrified singers out there and has been compared to Doc Watson and John Prine.

Meanwhile, Kokesh spent 14 years with the all-woman quartet Misty River and helped create the group’s vocal blend. A guitarist as well as a fiddler, her folkish songwriting is distinguished by her kind voice whose words complement her notes like the talk of a married couple still in love long after the kids are grown.

The Barn Birds, Matt Meighan, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Info: 503-493-3600, www.secretsociety.net.