Satirizing Portland and More with State Fair of the Union
HUSTLE AND DRONE, D.S.R.
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) It's Christmas Eve Eve, and you're staring down the barrel of spending two entire days with the fam. So get out and hear some bumpin' live music with people you actually care about—your friends. The propulsive but subdued electronic pop of Hustle and Drone is just the kind of thing you need to ease into the next 48 hours. NED LANNAMANN
AMY RAY, LINDSAY FULLER, KAIA WATSON
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) No joke—Amy Ray's solo effort released earlier in the year, Lung of Love, very nearly infiltrated my top five albums of 2012 list. Although it didn't quite make the cut, it is a solid-as-hell pop record. I've always considered myself a bit of an Indigo Girls apologist, always coming to the band's defense whenever one of my unenlightened friends slags 'em (just the other day I heard somebody singing the chorus to "Closer to Fine" mockingly—needless to say, I dished it out). But Lung of Love might be better than anything Ray has been involved with to date; "Glow" sounds sort of like a misplaced Figure 8 gem (!), and the title track absolutely kills. If you're surprised... well, you shouldn't be. MORGAN TROPER
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