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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tonight in Music: Onuinu, The Coup, Caleb Klauder Country Band and Beat Connection!

Posted by Lex Chase on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Portland's own Onuinu—AKA Dorian Duvall—is getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. At once catchy and hypnotic, his dense, synth-y electro-pop is unlike anything else out there. And better than just about anything else out there, too. ERIK HENRIKSEN

(Bob White Theatre, 6423 SE Foster) The new Coup album, Sorry to Bother You, uses new sounds to get their message across: a plucky, fuzzy, Afropunk-funk approach that was foreshadowed on 2006's Pick a Bigger Weapon. Sorry to Bother You mixes on-point geo-local-sociopolitical raps from Boots Riley with wailing, jumpy, Fishboney, Madness-esque funk-rock and West Coast new wave—a tall order, but they pull it off, with help from no less than Killer Mike, Das Racist, Vernon Reid, and Japanther. LARRY MIZELL JR

(The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell) Hear some classic country tunes in one of the city's classic ballrooms: a Caleb Klauder Country Band show is one of those magical experiences that can't be replicated or easily defined. There'll be plenty of whiskey, a packed dance floor, and twangy tunes from perhaps Portland's greatest live band. NED LANNAMANN

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Beat Connection's electronic pop extends cleanly out of concentric, pastel arpeggiations. The danceable, fresh-faced disco beats float cleanly on shades of sky-blue synths and rhythm guitar. Lucidity in sequencing yields images of a jade-green lily pad with tropical nods to Friendly Fires, MGMT, and M83. This past summer, Beat Connection released their first full-length, The Palace Garden, and have steadily logged road miles in the United States and abroad opening for Holy Ghost!, STRFKR, and Toro y Moi. TRENT MOORMAN


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