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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tonight in Music: Hospitality, You Who, Rye Wolves & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM


HOSPITALITY, AIR WAVES, HONEY BUCKET
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Brooklyn's Hospitality released their Karl Blau-produced debut EP all the way back in 2008. That collection of charming pop songs, driven by vocalist/guitarist Amber Papini's skewed vocals and some refreshingly light and jazzy arrangements, managed to warp a seemingly twee exterior into something far more dynamic. It wasn't until 2012, when Merge released the trio's first self-titled album, that it became clear the band had been busy honing their sweet, smart melodic songwriting into something special. On their new album, Trouble, Papini balances out some of that saccharine with a heavy dose of melancholy. Shades of their debut can be heard in a song like "It's Not Serious," but the album feels uncompromising in style, unafraid to pull the listener though some beautifully dark passages. It's a rare treat to hear a band move far beyond their comfort zone and succeed as well as Hospitality does here. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


YOU WHO: URAL THOMAS AND THE PAIN
(Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd) It's been way too long since the adult-friendly kids' variety show You Who! took over the stage at the Kennedy School. But the rollicking dance party/skit/storytelling performance is back with white-hot-ticket soulsters Ural Thomas and the Pain for a show that's bound to be too cool for school. COURTNEY FERGUSON


RYE WOLVES, HUNGERS, LAMPREY
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Eugene, Oregon's Rye Wolves have developed the reputation of unsung doom-metal heroes during their nearly decade-long run. While not evolving the genre too much, the trio's destructive M.O. favors the sort of pummeling, sludgy riffs and impossibly long, meandering guitar dirges that make your knees buckle. Species Battle in the Branches, the band's 2011 three-song-long full-length, is chock full of mind-fucking psychedelic metal, guttural vocals, and meditative breakdowns not unlike those made almost-famous by yesteryear doomers Isis. That Rye Wolves have stuck to their guns and developed exponentially within the folds of their cloth is notable, and their cathartic live sets are not to be missed. RYAN J. PRADO


ALBATROSS, LEVON'S HELMET
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) Albatross started as a songwriting project for Ryan Sollee, the frontman for the Builders and the Butchers, who was charged with crafting songs for a play about a dinosaur that evolves into an albatross. The project eventually became its own band, and at first blush Albatross doesn't sound all that dissimilar from the Builders—dark acoustic ballads anchored by Sollee's slightly nasal delivery—but strings lend an extra bit of theatrical flair. Albatross has an album release show coming up later this month on February 20 (at Clyde's Prime Rib!), so this show may serve as something of a warm-up. They're playing with Levon's Helmet, the new power-pop band that features former members of Water Tower, and whose five-song EP deserves your attention. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN

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