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Live Music

Dec. 13

Rock for the smart set

Formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas College of Music, progressive psychedelic folk rockers Midlake now consist of: Eric Pulido on vocals, guitars and keyboards; Paul Alexander on bass, keys, bassoon, guitars and backing vocals; McKenzie Smith on drums and percussion; Eric Nichelson on guitars and autoharp; Jesse Chandler on keys, piano, flute and backing vocals; and Joey McClellan on guitars and backing vocals.

You can watch them talk about their home base of Denton, Texas, in Rolling Stone’s new Web series www.offmainst.com, which documents the making of Midlake’s new album “Antiphon.” The album represents a bold move for Midlake, whose primary songwriter, Tim Smith, left last year to create his own project, Harp.

If the slightly complex, well-arranged prog rock tracks off “Antiphon” are any indication, however, the band seems to have adjusted to its new reality and continues to sport its Radiohead-meets-Fairport-Convention-and-everything-in-between sound.

Midlake, Sarah Jaffe, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: www.wonderballroom.com.

Dec. 13, 14, 15

Trails of Christmas past

For the past two decades, The Trail Band has put on holiday benefit shows for the mentoring program Friends of the Children. Formed by Marv Ross of Quarterflash in 1991 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the Trail Band employs tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combined with their rich vocal harmonies to play traditional folk tunes, marches, hoedowns, and Native American melodies.

The band is releasing an album this year featuring live tracks from past Christmas shows.

Singer-songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman from Dirty Martini will sing a Hanukkah song, “Rock of Ages,” this year as well, and sit in with the band for a couple of tunes.

Holidays with The Trail Band, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 7 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $20 to $39. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 503-234-9694, www.aladdin-theater.com.

Dec. 16, 19, 23

We three queens

Singer-songwriters Michele Van Kleef, Naomi LaViolette and Christina Cooper are teaming up to raise funds for Oregon Food Bank with acoustic holiday shows in Wilsonville and Portland. The concert will feature winter and holiday songs written and arranged by the performers, with special guest dancers and a children’s chorus from Innovative Dance Studios.

The three women met in 2009 at their children’s pre-school and discovered they all were Wilsonville-based singers, juggling family life with performing, and have since collaborated on a number of occasions.

In addition to the women, performers include Tim Ellis on guitar, Bill Athens on bass and Ken Ollis on drums, as well as guests from Innovative Dance Studios.

Michele Van Kleef, Naomi LaViolette, Christina Cooper, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, Wilsonville Pub & Old Church, 30340 S.W. Boones Ferry Road. All ages. A 21 and older show takes place from 8:30-10 p.m. Dec. 16 as well. $5, 7-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland. $5. All ages. Info: www.mcmenamins.com.

Dec. 15

California dreamin’

Tommy and the High Pilots hail from Santa Barbara and certainly sound it, sunshiney, rockin’ and bright, just like you imagine all those good-looking people in the Golden State feel whenever they have a party.

Inspired by everyone from Tom Petty to Maroon 5, this band creates danceable power pop that features Tommy Cantillon’s strong tenor vocals, brother Michael’s steady keys, Steve Libby new wave-y bass, and Matt Palermo’s snappy drums. Good clean fun, even when the band gets a bit dark and brooding on a few tunes on its latest album “Only Human.”

Tommy and The High Pilots, 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $8. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.

'Round town

• Slightly bluesy pop rocker Anna Rose sports a strong alto-soprano voice and writes radio-friendly tunes that are deep enough to please those who want to hear tough lyrics, but accessible enough for the club crowd. She’s touring to support her second album “Behold A Pale Horse,” much of which she co-wrote.

You can catch her opening for Howie Day and Tyler Hilton at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-719-6055, www.alberatrosetheatre.com.

• Duff’s Garage, 1635 S.E. Seventh Ave., will host a fundraiser from 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, for both The Ben Rice Band and Tevis Hodge Jr. for their upcoming trip to Memphis this January as they compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Kevin Selfe, Karen Lovely, Franco Paletta & The Stingers, The Portland Blues Divas featuring Lucy Hammond and Melissa Buchanan, Bridge City Blues Band and Jeff “Drummerboy” Hayes are among those set to perform. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. Info: 503-234-BEER, www.duffsgarage.com.