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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tonight in Music: Mutual Benefit, Volcano Choir, Darkside & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM


MUTUAL BENEFIT, BEVELERS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on Mutual Benefit.


VOLCANO CHOIR, THE CLOAK OX
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Read our article on Volcano Choir.


DARKSIDE, HIGH WATER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) When electronic producers meld their efforts with those of more traditional, pop-oriented artists, at best you get the Postal Service. At worst, you're stuck with Skrillex and the Doors. Darkside, the collaboration between New York-based musicians Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, falls securely on the Give Up side of this divide. The pair's debut album, Psychic (released last year on Matador), finds that sweet spot where Jaar's downtempo beats and Harrington's jazzy guitar playing and moody singing complement each other, creating a delicate warmth that pools out from the songs like a burbling oil reserve. The duo are joined on this run by High Water, a fellow sound explorer who brings elements of improvisational jazz into his roughly stitched-together dub electronics. ROBERT HAM


YUCK, THE WE SHARED MILK, TENDER AGE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Yuck's 2011 self-titled debut contained, at most, two great songs—opener "Get Away" and "Shook Down." The remaining 12 were middle-of-the-road Ride rewrites and other one-dimensional distillations of the "'90s sound." These flaws notwithstanding, it was a really significant record, and here's why: Yuck were arguably the first turn-of-the-decade blogosphere darlings to heavily reference Dinosaur Jr., the Creation Records roster, and classic emo. Consequently, they've spearheaded what some critics have gone on to dub the '90s revival, an admittedly lame term that would have seemed culturally alien in the music press only a few years ago, but is now related to seemingly every band with quiet-loud dynamics and fuzzy predilections. Yuck released their follow-up, Glow and Behold, last fall, and it's ultimately much better and more consistent than the debut, even if it lacks a big rock anthem like "Get Away." MORGAN TROPER


DANNY DELEGATO, NETHERFRIENDS, A IS FOR ANYTHING
(Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont) Shawn Rosenblatt has been cranking out bedroom-pop gems as Netherfriends for half a dozen years or so. For some of those years, he had a rotating cast of bandmates, but these days he's making the rounds as a one-man band, armed with an array of synths, drum machines, and loop pedals. In 2010, he set out on a tour in which he wrote and recorded a song in every state, and he unveiled the results last year with an interactive map on his website. In the accompanying blog, about the track "Portland, OR," he said he "wrote a song about how Haters will Hate, but will they ever create something that someone else will hate?" MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN


FANNO CREEK, EIDOLONS, MODERN MARRIAGE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) At the end of last year, Fanno Creek released Monuments, a fantastic full-length that culminated years of playing together, finding the pinnacle of their sound. Over time, the band has moved away from zippy folk tunes to patient, cohesive songs that take their time—and that validate the wait. Their live show is as upbeat and energetic as ever, with harmonic lead vocals to songs that'll make you want them to never stop playing. Eidolons play tonight as well, their first local show in a while after touring for their understated yet awesome record Skyhook. RACHEL MILBAUER

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