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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tonight in Music: Aan, The Hugs, Plankton Wat & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:04 PM


AAN, SUN ANGLE, SWAHILI, DJ ETBONZ
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) This triple-decker of Portland's finest guarantees to please all the holes in your head: The intrepid, unraveling experimental pop of Aan will be a fitting cap to a night that also includes Sun Angle's spastic, third-eye-gazing jams and the newly soulful sound of Swahili's captivating trance. NED LANNAMANN


JAYKE ORVIS, BOOKS ON FATE, THE HUGS
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) The Hugs have been occupying their own little corner of the Portland music scene for six years now, cranking out garage pop with an ear for arenas. You could even say it's underappreciated by some. Lead Hug Danny Delegato has forged ahead through personnel changes, kicking out happy pop for sad souls. And they keep getting better. The band's latest LP, Love Led You, Here is jam-packed with exuberant, full-bodied pop with hooks aplenty and a sparkly sheen. It's easily the Hugs' best work to date, and should turn the spotlight on this motley crew in Portland and beyond. MARK LORE


MONTHS, PLANKTON WAT, SAM HUMANS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) With his exit from psych-rock heavies Eternal Tapestry, local guitarist Dewey Mahood presumably has more time to devote to his onetime side project Plankton Wat. And sure enough, the next Plankton Wat release, Drifter's Temple, is slated for September on Thrill Jockey Records. Featuring contributions from members of Horse Feathers, Edibles, and Royal Baths, Drifter's Temple's 10 instrumental tracks lean heavily on acoustic guitars, touching on Appalachian and western twang, with dashes of trippier sounds sprinkled in between. It's more tranquil waters than Mahood's work with Eternal Tapestry, but the folkier forays here manage to capture a sense of place that wasn't always there before. Also on the bill: brand spanking new band Months, around whom buzz is buzzily buzzing. MATT SULLIVAN


CAFETERIA DANCE FEVER, HORNET LEG, CHARTS
(Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan) When recording their EP, Vacation, Charts took their sound up a notch; from the dust and grime of the basement rose a refined fuzz that retained its signature lo-fi hiss, but shone brightly. The echoey tones and gravelly guitar remained, but were imbued with upbeat intention and style. Led by Michael Rowan's drone-hinged, candid vocals, the trio are more on point and intense than ever, with room to be playful (bassist Andrew Clyde will likely hop off stage for at least one song of their set). Their music is a double-edged pick-me-up, simultaneously joyful and dark. Plucky guitar chords give way to moody bass lines, and glittering drums pair with piercing, straight-faced vocals. Tonight they join two of their new Hovercraft labelmates, Hornet Leg and the incalculable Cafeteria Dance Fever. RACHEL MILBAUER

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