THE BLACK KEYS, ARCTIC MONKEYS
(Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) Read our article on the Black Keys.
AGESANDAGES, SUN ANGLE, DEATH SONGS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The energetic intervals and infectious clapping of AgesandAges appeals to all ages—but no kids allowed at their upcoming show at Mississippi Studios. Sun Angle and Death Songs open for the Portland group, who promise brand-new songs to cure those Monday blues. CLARE GORDON
LOTUS PLAZA, WYMOND MILES, FRANKIE BROYLES
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Bradford Cox gets a lot of the facetime in Deerhunter, but it's guitarist Lockett Pundt who likely reins in Cox's dalliances with electronica. Or, I suppose I'd like to believe that. At the very least, Pundt was responsible for two of the best songs on 2010's Halcyon Digest. His side project Lotus Plaza is a natural extension of his Deerhunter contributions—in the songs themselves, but also in the shimmering guitar lines that run throughout his latest release, Spooky Action at a Distance. "White Galactic One" is punchy and demure at the same time, with a twisted lead and Pundt's echoey vocals. It reminds me a little of his excellent Deerhunter contribution "Desire Lines." It also perfectly captures Pundt's stoic and reliable songwriting abilities. MARK LORE
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