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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tonight in Music: The Postal Service, Grand Lake Islands

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM


THE POSTAL SERVICE, BIG FREEDIA
(Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) Some groups need mile-long discographies to garner a lasting fanbase. Some groups only need the one album, really. The Postal Service, consisting of Jimmy Tamborello with the beats and Ben Gibbard with the plaintive musing, celebrate the 10th birthday of Give Up with their friend and collaborator Jenny Lewis. BOBBY ROBERTS


GRAND LAKE ISLANDS, NORTHERN CURRENTS, STEPHEN AGUSTIN AND THE FOURTH WALL
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Since migrating to Portland from Brooklyn in 2012 with his Grand Lake Islands moniker in tow, Erik Emanuelson has trudged to intimate shows in unlikely venues with little more than a quiver of expansive folk compositions and a guitar. Considering he ditched a full-time job as an English teacher to hawk his wares out west, it's understandable he'd want to hit the ground running. Smartly, he brought a finished recording along with him, and after almost a year, Emanuelson's recruited a regular band, featuring members of Harlowe and the Great North Woods. The pressing of the EP, Wake of Waking, was just successfully crowd-source funded; its understated instrumentation of piano, lap steel, mandolin, and lots of choir-like melodies is buoyed by Emanuelson's quavering vocals and lyrical phrasing. RYAN J. PRADO

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