Sean Flinn & The Royal We, Rio Grands, Rebecca Marie Miller

When: Fri., Jan. 3, 9 p.m. 2014

The core of Sean Flinn's musical magnetism is steeped in both the traditional flashes of pop-anthem dynamism and the tenets of progressive, chamber-style Americana. With that kind of crossfire, Flinn and his Royal We have (relatively quietly) proven themselves as one of the best bands in Portland. Flinn's own pedigree, having spent time in such groups as Y La Bamba, Nick Jaina, and Jolie Holland, is indisputable, and his crackerjack band has pushed Flinn's ambitious compositions to even higher levels of timelessness. Since the summer of 2012, the band has been in and out of the studio cutting their second album, The Lost Weekend, a sprawling collection with scrappy tales of wanderlust and woe from a songwriter who most definitely wears his old soul on his sleeve. With this upcoming release, Flinn's relative anonymity could be compromised. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $7-9

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