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Ezra Holbrook, Casey Neill, Redray Frazier and Susie Blue 

When: Sat., Feb. 19, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $10
Portland musician Ezra Holbrook has fit an impressive career into his years, including time with the Decemberists and the Minus 5, not to mention an ill-fated stint as a solo artist on Capitol Records. Now Holbrook is set to release Save Yourself, a fluid singer/songwriter record that sounds totally unaffected by market expectations or indie cred, instead offering heartwarming and personal ballads that stop just short of schmaltz. It's the sort of folk-rock that had its heyday in the early '70s; horizon-line pedal steel and Holbrook's friendly singing, which sounds not a million miles from Freedy Johnston, augment gentle acoustic plucks. "God Help the Homeless Heart" is among the record's highlights, a shivering hymn with deliberate piano chords, gospel-ghost backing vocals, and tremolo strings. NED LANNAMANN

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