Fans of Americana music, roots-rock, alt-country and adventurous folk: I cannot urge you strongly enough to consider spending Saturday night at Bend's Domino Room, where you can see Arkansas singer-songwriter Willi Carlilse and the North Carolina band American Aquarium.

American Aquarium is the headliner, and while they're named after a Wilco lyric, their songs fall more in line with raspy troubadours like Steve Earle and Hayes Carll, or Southern rock kingpins Drive By Truckers. The band's latest album, "Chicamacomico," dials back the punk-rock energy of its younger years a bit and puts the spotlight squarely on BJ Barham's well-crafted songs about life and loss.

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at You can find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.

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