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Monday, June 3, 2013

Tonight in Music: K Pop Videos, !!!, Robyn Hitchcock

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM


K POP VIDEOS AND DISCUSSION PANEL
(Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy) If you're unfamiliar with the genre of K-pop (Korean pop music), it's jammed full of sugary mind-blasting eye candy that's SO fun to hear and watch. Tonight Holocene and Redefine magazine present Fantastic Baby: The Opulent Kingdom of Contemporary K-Pop—a discussion panel and video series, featuring smarty-pants talk about the genre, AND plenty of yummy-tummy video examples! WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY


!!!, WHITE ARROWS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Multi-pronounceable dance-punks !!! ("chk chk chk" being the most widely used verbal rendering) have returned with a new album, and a refined vision of where they're willing to guide their addictive musical hybrid. Thr!!!er, the Sacramento-based group's fifth studio album, digs hard house grooves and disco-tinged bangers alongside its melding of new wave and pop, making for a surprisingly familiar listen. Lyrically, especially, the album is lacking, but does anyone care? Louden Up Now it is not, but you'll probably find fans of all stripes getting really loud within the confines of Bunk Bar. File under: They don't ever play venues this small, so go! RYAN J. PRADO


ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE VENUS THREE, PETER BUCK
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Bedroom albums are all the rage among Brooklyn teenagers with synths and tape recorders, but the genre takes on an entirely different meaning when a 59-year-old Londoner undertakes it. That was Robyn Hitchcock's self-imposed constraint for his latest album, Love from London, released on March 5, just before his 60th birthday. Hitchcock spends a lot of time in the Northwest these days with the Venus Three (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin), but the album sounds entirely British—lilting psych-pop and charming melodies suffused with warmth. It's altogether more robust than 2010's austere Propellor Time. The Venus Three are also the band on Peter Buck's solo debut (released only on limited-edition vinyl). Sharing the same core band and released in November, it provides a dark and dirty contrast to Love from London—if you can get your hands on it. REBECCA WILSON

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