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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tonight in Music: Dirty Projectors and Yum Yum

Posted by Lex Chase on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Following up their 2009 release Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors return in support of their brand-new Swing Lo Magellan, which fans are already starting to cotton to, with signature vocal interplay between bird-voiced female members, and the fuzzy, world music-tinted navel-gazing that David Longstreth & Co. have built their house on. MARJORIE SKINNER

(Yes and No, 20 NW 3rd) If you want to see Yum Yum, tonight may be your only chance. The electropop outfit has a new, self-titled full-length, and it's a platter full of sticky, sumptuous sex jams with a strong hint of melancholy (a very welcome thing, as the vacantly euphoric sex jams always smell a bit bullshitty). To celebrate its release, Yum Yum plays this single live performance, for which Voodoo Doughnuts is concocting a special doughnut to maw on as well. In the interest of full disclosure, we should mention that Minh Tran—who contributes photos to the Mercury's End Hits and Mod blogs—is the primary chef in the kitchen behind Yum Yum's decadent, synthy dessert. He's made a lush, futuristic batch of slow jams that infuse alien sounds with a human heart. NED LANNAMANN

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