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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tonight in Music: Disappears, Colin Meloy, Superhumanoids

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM


DISAPPEARS, SUN ANGLE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Disappears.


COLIN MELOY, JOHN RODERICK
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Sure, I like to get in a couple fancy dinners on my birthday, but the Crystal Ballroom is really taking it to the next level of milking it. The venue celebrates 100 years of existence, and their 100-day-long party ends tonight with a solo show by the Decemberists' Colin Meloy. He's a man who knows a thing or two about history. COURTNEY FERGUSON


SUPERHUMANOIDS, JAMES SUPERCAVE, HANDS IN
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The music of Superhumanoids is pretty. Period. It's plush and polished and airy, a carefully constructed amalgam of dream pop, electronic rhythms, and the kind of lightweight R&B currently en vogue across the indie/internet-sphere. The Los Angeles trio's debut album, 2013's Exhibitionists, is quite listenable, which is a good thing, except that I just streamed it for an hour or so and I can't hum a single tune I heard. Which is not so good. You see, there is a fine line between precious and forgettable, and Superhumanoids flirt with the wrong side of it too often. One exception is a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "March of the Pigs" on the band's Soundcloud page that turns the original inside-out, stripping it of its industrial thrash and replacing Reznor's rage with synth-soul cooing. It works beautifully. BEN SALMON

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