DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: ORQUESTRA PACIFICO TROPICAL, EDNA VASQUEZ, DEATH SONGS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Halloween has come and gone, but Dia de los Muertos is in, with a cemetery-bound procession and an evening of entertainment from musicians like the startlingly talented Edna Vazquez, a dance performance, and a short play to "honor our ancestors." MARJORIE SKINNER
SERA CAHOONE, THE PARSON RED HEADS, DESERT NOISES
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Sera Cahoone continues a streak of oddly trance-inducing country on her new full-length Deer Creek Canyon, her third LP solo record (out on Sub Pop) since her days as drummer for Seattle's Carissa's Wierd. Warm production, feel-good/feel-bad dynamics, and lilting vocal melodies provide more than a few engaging moments on Deer Creek Canyon, and Cahoone's arresting lyrics are situated center-stage for the savory, sweet, or sour in all of us. Take the transitory brood of the slow-burning "Naked" and its subsequent launch into the pick-and-grin campfire ditty "Nervous Wreck"—Cahoone's ability to weave her songwriting in and out of alt-country hallmarks and to shift emotional gears throughout the album makes it an inwardly scathing sort of journey. Whether you feel like shit about everything afterward is up to you. RYAN J. PRADO
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