While he's signed to Mumford and Sons' label, English singer/songwriter Ben Howard's winsome folk is something less bombastic and altogether frailer than those kings of sing-along. Howard's lovely debut, Every Kingdom, has tinges of Nick Drake- and Elliott Smith-style melancholy in its delicate corners. NED LANNAMANN
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"