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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tonight in Music: Future Historians and Monkey Trick

Posted by Lex Chase on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Listening to Future Historians' new album makes me envy anyone with a domestic gas guzzler, deep pockets, and a happy ignorance of the impending environmental catastrophe. Just in time for road-trip season, Somehow It Is Now features big songs for a big landscape, broken only by two sun-drenched lanes of highway. It's rocking enough to keep you awake at the wheel, but the tradeoff might be an existential crisis. The cymbals and twangy electric guitar on "This House Don't Rattle" call to mind desert spaces, but the chilling, close harmonies remind you that you're all alone out there: "I tried to run, I tried to hide/I tried to stand my ground and fight/I lost a step, I fell behind/I lost my nerve and fell in line." Frontman Dave Shur has earned his reputation as a master of sad lyrics and happy music. REBECCA WILSON

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) If your midweek is drooping, inject it with a burst of energy by catching Monkey Trick, Portland's own Jesus Lizard cover band. They'll add a fireball of raw Yow fury into your life, scouring your ears by way of the Jesus Lizard's unhinged catalog. NED LANNAMANN

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