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Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov 

When: Fri., Jan. 24, 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $32.50-35
It's not often that incredible Idaho folk singer Josh Ritter shares the stage with a songwriting equal, but that will happen twice this weekend at the Aladdin Theater, where Coloradoan Gregory Alan Isakov will open both of Ritter's sold-out acoustic shows. Isakov is a brilliant tunesmith with three terrific albums under his belt, including last year's rich, self-released The Weatherman. But the highlight of his career so far is 2009's This Empty Northern Hemisphere, a dusky collection that is both deeply rooted—Isakov is a trained horticulturist and owner of a small gardening company—and delicately luminous, as if its creator has crafted modern songs about love, life, and land using only an ancient star chart as his guide. If exquisite, enchanting folk-pop songs appeal to you, find a way into one of these shows. No doubt, Portland will host few, if any, bills better for that kind of thing this year. BEN SALMON

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