LIKE A VILLAIN, WL
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) There isn't anything quite like Like a Villain—I don't mean just in Portland, I mean anywhere. The alter ego of Holland Andrews, Like a Villain is fragile, sparse music that's then set alight by Holland's tremendous voice, often looped and layered into thick, extravagant canvases. Embracing the often-minimalist sensibilities of 20th and 21st-century avant-garde composers, Andrews uses clarinet and glockenspiel to provide backing for her vocal aerobatics, but the end result is something entirely new and strange and wonderful. Hearing her unlikely symphonies directly after absorbing the full-volume shoegaze of WL should provide quite a contrast; it's one of the most appealing and fascinating double bills in quite a while. NED LANNAMANN
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