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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tonight in Music: Portland Music Video Festival, Asher Fulero

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

(Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy) The second annual Portland Music Video Festival makes MTV's '80s heyday look like a pile of cold dog vomit. This curated collection has two programs of videos featuring work from the Pacific Northwest and abroad, followed by an awards ceremony and an afterparty at the Moon & Sixpence. No one's killing the video star. COURTNEY FERGUSON

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Liminal Rites, the second release by Portland pianist Asher Fulero, is full of the sort of sweeping improvisation that ignores traditional technique. That's to be taken somewhat literally; each piece was recorded in one take, without revisiting, re-editing, or any post-production band-aids whatsoever. The result is a fresh and vital-sounding collection of deeply meditative compositions, pitch-perfect for the contemplative soundtrack to the alternately dreary and dreamy days of a rainy spring. This evening's record release also includes a set by Fulero's electro alter ego, Halo Refuser. RJP

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