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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tonight in Music: Willis Earl Beal and The World Radiant

Posted by Lex Chase on Sun, May 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM


WILLIS EARL BEAL, COLIN JENKINS,
VIKESH KAPOOR

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on Willis Earl Beal.

THE WORLD RADIANT
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) At one point, Southern Belle encapsulated everything great about the all-ages music scene, and as a result, they seemed destined for wider success. Instead, the group dissipated after a little over two years, and bandleader Ross McLeron quietly retreated. McLeron's new songwriting vehicle, the World Radiant, which includes Ben Johnson from the Rainy States on bass, puts him right back where he left off—as one of Portland's best songwriters (imagine a slightly more optimistic Either/Or- era Elliott Smith). While Southern Belle's breakup was a heartbreaking tragedy for a certain generation of showgoers, the World Radiant fills the gap more than adequately. MORGAN TROPER

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