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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tonight in Music: The Undertones, Lykke Li, and much much more!

Posted by Arian Jalali on Sat, May 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM


LYKKE LI, GRIMES
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) One of the more successful in the recent string of blonde, fashionable pop singers exported out of Sweden (hey, they don't let just anyone shill for Levi's), Lykke Li is back touring on her latest, Wounded Rhymes, another round of moody, bittersweet club numbers. It's sold out, so try your luck at the door or on Craigslist. MARJORIE SKINNER


FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS, LEROY BELL AND HIS ONLY FRIENDS, BUSHWALLA, CAS HALLEY
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito) When you think of the sounds of the Rose Festival, marching bands and children crying at clowns probably come to mind. Well, no more. The bumping grooves of Fitz and the Tantrums inject some much-needed vintage soul into the annual festival. Prepare for some sweet sounds, and some awkward dancing from suburban folks. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


THE UNDERTONES, THE POLAROIDS, PITCHFORKMOTORWAY
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Read our article on The Undertones


GAYNGS, WHITE HINTERLAND
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Gayngs.


ETERNAL SUMMERS, THE BEETS, AWKWARD ENERGY
(East End, 203 SE Grand) Though they share the same name as the fictional band beloved by cartoon's Doug Funnie, the Beets from Queens, New York, are not merely animated Fab Four impostors. Rather, they're a lo-fi garage band making catchy songs with repetitive choruses that inch their way into your ears and latch onto your brain. Like a lot of music these days, the Beets require repeated listens before something in their music finally clicks. It took me two years and a pair of albums before I finally began to appreciate their bratty, nonsensical ramshackle pop (I obviously wasn't cool enough to "get" their debut Spit in the Face of People Who Don't Want to Be Cool.) Their latest full-length, Stay Home, is incidentally what brought it all back. I'm just waiting for them to come full circle and cover "Killer Tofu." TRAVIS RITTER


THRONES, SEDAN, WIZARD RIFLE, PRACTISE
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) From his synthesizer work with drone metal band Sunn O))) to playing bass with rock bands such as Earth, High on Fire and the Melvins, Joe Preston is a household name among fans of loud and heavy music. After years of touring and multiple releases on Kill Rock Stars, little was heard from his solo project, Thrones, other than the occasional live date. Finally, after a six-year wait, Joe Preston Solid Gold Recordings is presenting us with a Thrones/Sedan split. Sedan's side of the 12-inch is an epic and ethereal track made of beautiful soundscapes and crashing drums. Thrones' side is a haunting drone piece filled with synthesizers and vocoders drenched in dark reverb. ARIAN JALALI

JAILL, THE NEEDFUL LONGINGS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) I cannot tell you a single thing about what the Needful Longings sound like, as tonight will be only their second show. But the local act's reputation certainly precedes them. The Needful Longings are made up of Sean Croghan (Rapids, Crackerbash), Jim Talstra (Dharma Bums), Chris Slusarenko (Guided by Voices), and Paul Pulvirenti (Atom 61). When a new project comes from a group of musicians that have been making cherished music for a few decades, it's cause for celebration. I can't wait to hear the band so that we can talk about these artists not for what they have done, but for what they're still doing.
MARANDA BISH

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