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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tonight in Music: Okkervil River, Yours, Harry and the Potters, and Emily's Army

Posted by Arian Jalali on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM


OKKERVIL RIVER, TITUS ANDRONICUS, JULIANNA BARWICK
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our article on Okkervil River.


EMILY'S ARMY
(The Sea Shanty) Read our article on Emily's Army.


YOURS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) The duo of guitarist Matthan Minster and drummer Adam Trachsel go under the name Yours, and they've quickly established themselves as one of Portland's most exciting up-and-coming bands, with a sun-flared, breezily psychedelic sound that hints at a mammoth grandeur. Catch 'em tonight for a cover of zero dollars, and say you saw Yours when. NED LANNAMANN


HARRY AND THE POTTERS, THE WHOMPING WILLOWS, LAUREN FAIRWEATHER, JUSTIN FINCH FLETCHLEY AND THE SUGAR QUILLS
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) If it surprises you that wizard rock band Harry and the Potters are still touring, years after the final book in J.K. Rowling's series was released, then you underestimate both the devotion of the Harry Potter faithful and the genuine appeal of the music of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. Yes, the duo is still playing shows in Harry Potter costume, and still touring with the likes of the Whomping Willows and others in the surprisingly vibrant wizard-rock scene—but the apparent gimmick has two solid anchors: heartfelt, catchy pop songs, and an earnest commitment to generating excitement about books. If past performances are any indication, their show is a guaranteed night of good, wholesome, all-ages fun. When was the last time you had any of that?
ALISON HALLETT

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