WASHED OUT, MEMORYHOUSE
DEVIN THE DUDE, COUGHEE BROTHAZ NORTH, THEORY HAZIT
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) An alum of Scarface's Facemob, Devin the Dude struck out on his own back in '98, wowing underground hiphop audiences with his blend of quirky, intelligent, and often fall-down funny lyrics ladled atop some devilishly wicked beats. Tonight he's back in Portland with former bandmates Coughee Brothaz North in tow. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
BRAVE CHANDELIERS, JOSH AND MER
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) 11 Escapes, the new full-length album from Brave Chandeliers, is pretty slick stuff. You can practically hear the dollars pouring off the two-inch tape it was recorded on, emitting out of the grand piano that helms their soulful pop sound, reverberating in the perfectly warm tones of the lovingly remodeled Northeast Portland home the band recorded in. (This is all lavishly mentioned in the press release—as is a comparison to Maroon 5—so I'm not just sniping.) There isn't a solitary objectionable note on 11 Escapes; its mopey ballads and gently scruffy rockers are readymade for triple-A radio and hour-long dramas on the CW. It may not be my cup of tea, but I bet I'll be proven to be in the minority. Brave Chandeliers are an astonishingly competent band, and will no doubt be astonishingly successful. NED LANNAMANN
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