Satirizing Portland and More with State Fair of the Union
MOON DUO, LIFE COACH, WHITE RAINBOW, DJ E*ROCK
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on Moon Duo.
THE CAVE SINGERS, POOR MOON, ROSE WINDOWS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) "Have to Pretend," the brand-new song from the Cave Singers—from their upcoming album Naomi (due out on Jagjaguwar in March)—continues their stream of taking familiar, even threadbare folk and rock elements and coming up with something fresh. With an odd, incomplete-sounding guitar riff, singer Pete Quirk's tenor bark, and little else, "Have to Pretend" is a choppy, dirt-covered mover that, sure enough, becomes an unlikely single. Since their inception in 2007, the Cave Singers have grown from a mellow, candlelit, old-weird-folk act into a shit-kicking live band, and a blessedly idiosyncratic one at that. "Have to Pretend," for all its rough edges, is proof of the jagged songwriting chops that have made all three of their records—and presumably the forthcoming fourth one as well—worth listening to in full. NED LANNAMANN
SUFJAN STEVENS, SHEILA SAPUTO
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Must we explain who Sufjan Stevens is? (Minimally: Detroit singer/songwriter, beloved by many, weird to the core.) So: This is a concept-heavy event formally titled "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-a-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice" or, sometimes, the "Sirfjam Stephanopolous Christmas..." (etc.). Perhaps lovely Sufjan is off his rocker. Or perhaps he just looooooooooves him some Christmas. Either way, it has to be pretty rad, right? Stevens is permanently wonderful. Don't sleep on the weird ticket restrictions—in order to eliminate scalping, it's all will-call and you have to pick up your tickets yourself, so expect a line at the ticket window. ANNA MINARD
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