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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tonight in Music: Sharon Van Etten, Regina Spektor and Monarques

Posted by Lex Chase on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM


SHARON VAN ETTEN, TENNIS
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) An impressively large number of the most personally thrilling musical moments I've experienced over the past couple years have been due to Sharon Van Etten. The New York songwriter just gets it right: Her music is wholly, rewardingly moving without being cloying. Her songs—like those on her newest album, Tramp—skillfully explore the raw, dangerous edges of those battered-heart and frayed-nerve emotional landscapes you'll find in most pop songs. But in the end, Van Etten finds hope and catharsis inside those familiar chords. She's also a masterful live performer, fully in command of her gifts but never precious about them. Sharon Van Etten possesses the kind of talent that leaves me awestruck, dumbfounded—other than to say, simply: Go. Go see this show. NED LANNAMANN Also see My, What a Busy Week!


REGINA SPEKTOR, ONLY SON
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Russia-born songstress Regina Spektor marries guilty-pleasure girliness with astute, offbeat lyrics and melodies irresistible to anyone with the slightest fondness for pop music. She's touring on her latest, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. ALISON HALLETT


RIGSKETBALL AFTERPARTY: MONARQUES, GENDERS, MY AUTUMN'S DONE COME
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Rigsketball—the citywide basketball tourney in which local bands compete for victory on the hoop attached to And And And's tour van—comes to a close this evening, with this year's champs determined in the rounds leading up to tonight. But what's a good tournament without a great afterparty? Three solid local bands play tonight's free show at Bunk Bar, in which the winners bask in glory and the losers taste bitter defeat. (It tastes like whiskey, so hey, it's a win after all.) The night is capped off by Monarques, who emerged from hiatus last month to play a phenomenal record release show at the Doug Fir. The newly re-solidified group is at the height of their showmanship, and they're sounding as fun and energetic as they ever have. NL

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