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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tonight in Music: Deer or the Doe, Souvenir Driver and Dark Time Sunshine

Posted by Lex Chase on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

DEER OR THE DOE, RADIATION CITY, POINT JUNCTURE WA
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Deer or the Doe.


HAWKEYE, SOUVENIR DRIVER, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Souvenir Driver inhabits a sonic world of dreamlike disconnect, one that apparently doesn't leave a lot of time for actual dreaming. Just six months after releasing Joy, a quietly gorgeous debut album, they're back with a slim gem of an EP. In addition to not being lazy, nobody can accuse Souvenir Driver of selling themselves short: The EP takes its title from Jeanne Moreau, the greatest living French actress, an ethereal beauty as much as she is an avant-garde pioneer. On Jeanne Moreau, Souvenir Driver have cracked the hushed introspection of Joy, at times clanging straight into old-fashioned shoegaze. The best song, "Slide," is dark and noisy, with chiming guitars and undampened, though still unintelligible, vocals. The question is: Are these the band's favorite four songs that didn't fit the dreampop of Joy? Or will they continue to sharpen this newfound edge? REBECCA WILSON


DARK TIME SUNSHINE, REVA DEVITO, ROANE NAMUH, XPERIENCE, IAME
(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Dark Time Sunshine features Seattle's Onry Ozzborn spitting surreal bars over soundscapes provided by Chicago producer Zavala to create self-described "snob rap." The duo's 2010 debut full-length Vessel featured a wide variety of guests, including Portland's own soulful chanteuse Reva DeVito and independent hiphop legend Aesop Rock. DeVito has since become a powerhouse solo act of her own, most recently releasing the excellent genre-bending collection Cloudshine with local producer Roane Namuh. DTS will return to town this summer on a bill with Aesop Rock to promote their upcoming release ANX, but tonight is a chance to catch them in a much more intimate and, let's face it, more budget-friendly setting. Portland emcee IAMe works with many crews (Sandpeople, Oldominion, McJameson) as well as doing his solo thing and doing it well. He's also celebrating his birthday tonight, which is reason enough to arrive early. RYAN FEIGH

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