Buke and Gase were last in Portland opening for Deerhoof, and although I didn't make it, more than one person commented that their set stole the show. After seeing them play last Saturday at the Doug Fir, I believe them. This him-and-her duo is truly the most innovative sound I've heard in a while. Their music is bold and unique not only because of their home-made hybrid instruments, a baritone ukelele and a bass/guitar blend. The equally bright and dark elements of their songwriting mix into something that makes you want to dance and bare your heart at the same time. Arone Dyer's voice evokes some sort of fantasy story sorceress: impressive, raw, and so beautiful that it's power is undeniable. It's extraordinary how their new album, General Dome, is an immaculate blend between the soft, bright gestures of a smile and the overwhelming weight of your most challenging days. I can't wait to hear more.
The show was opened by Ahleuchatistas and Incredible Yacht Control. Ahleuchatistas is as hard to describe as their name is to spell, but all I can really say is that we watched a drum kit get entirely beat up, chains and all, for the better part of an hour and couldn't possibly look away.
More photos after the jump!