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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tonight in Music: Kelley Stoltz, Crayon Fields

Posted by Morgan Troper on Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM


(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) With a melodic sense to rival Brian Wilson's, San Francisco's Kelley Stoltz makes garage-pop records nearly symphonic in nature—all by his lonesome. Check out the man himself, along with his live backing band, as they roll through town supporting Stoltz's latest: To Dreamers, out on Sub Pop. NED LANNAMANN


(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Crayon Fields make hushed, whispery pop; obvious comparisons are the Zombies and the Clientele. But unlike those precious touchstones, Crayon Fields also possess some Down Under ruggedness, very cleverly hidden under muted, echoey guitars and fey crooning. The surf guitars and mild drumbeats often contain hints of desert noir and shoegaze; their second full-length, All the Pleasures of the World, sounds like it could be the Clean tackling Grizzy Bear's Veckatimest. Meanwhile, opener Karl Blau continues to be a Northwest treasure. The prolific Anacortes, Washington, musician has a dizzying array of albums and subscription-service releases; 2008's "That's How I Got to Memphis" single and 2009's Zebra album are two recent examples, both exceptionally rewarding releases destined to become classics. NED LANNAMANN

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