FRIGHTENED RABBIT, THE TWILIGHT SAD
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Read our article on Frightened Rabbit.
AUTRE NE VEUT, MAJICAL CLOUDZ
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) "Play by Play," the opening track from Autre Ne Veut's second album, Anxiety, is one of those immediate, huge, perfect pop singles that consumes your entire listening habits for a good week, perhaps even longer. Gradually finding a beat and a melody out of its opening synth blurbs and meandering glissandos, Autre Ne Veut mastermind Arthur Ashin slowly turns the screws, ramping up to the desperate emotion that fuels all great pop songs. Midway through, "Play by Play" explodes into a tightly coiled, future-synth gospel anthem. It's undeniably great, the type of effortless R&B/dance masterpiece Justin Timberlake would give his suit and tie to coo over. While the rest of Anxiety is pretty good, sometimes its digital timbres take on a harsh, fluorescent-light quality. But there's no denying "Play by Play"—expect it to be the peak of tonight's show. NED LANNAMANN
LEAVES RUSSELL, NO KIND OF RIDER, JOSH AND MER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Guitar addicts will need to look elsewhere: Leaves Russell doesn't carry a typical six-string in its arsenal. Rather, the Portland four-piece is fueled by lead singer Matthew Russell's piano and Thacher Schmid's mini string section, which includes violin, mandolin, and viola. (Bassist Isaac Medina and drummer Jackson Conrad round out the ensemble). Leaves Russell's first full-length, We Chose the Devil Red, is a moody, almost proggy collection of reflective songs, and what it lacks in buoyancy it makes up for with an almost bloodlust-y sense of the macabre. The darker tunes are usually the best on We Chose the Devil Red, but whichever ones they play at tonight's record release show, they're bound to connect with you in unexpected places. NL
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