UNDER THE COVERS: THE MOODY DUDES, MELVILLE, REBECCA MARIE MILLER, SPIRIT LAKE, RIO GRANDS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Sure, you can do Valentine's Day ironically, or dismiss it as so much saccharine commercial pap. But this year, why not give sincerity a shot? Treat your honey to a delicious dinner for once in your damn life, then check out Under the Covers with the supergroup the Moody Dudes, whose raison d'être is laying down tender V-Day cover jams. And hold hands for a change, hipsters. Corsages for everybody! DIRK VANDERHART
MATT MURDOCK, THE RESISTANCE, BAD HABITAT, MIC CRENSHAW, AVIEL
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) You may know Matt Murdock, AKA Trafek, from his work as an emcee in Southeast Portland hiphop group Bad Habitat. Murdock is also an accomplished producer, and tonight celebrates the release of his latest mixtape, The Man Without Fear. Leaked tracks from the project feature a diverse collection of artists including Luck-One, Big Mo, Lucas Dix, and Mic Crenshaw. Crenshaw, in addition to performing his unique brand of conscious hiphop, recently added the title of co-director of KBOO radio to his already diverse résumé of community activism. The Resistance, the North Portland-based trio of Mic Capes, Glenn Waco, and Rasheed Jamal, are all accomplished solo acts in their own right. But when they unite and perform together, they are one of the most exciting and inspiring live acts in town. RYAN FEIGH
SYLVAN ESSO, DANA BUOY
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Sylvan Esso has all the easy qualities we're drawn to in indie and electronica: haunting songs, clear vocals, varied percussion. Yet somehow it's hard to pinpoint exactly what artist they most closely resemble. Sylvan Esso is the new-school folk voice of Amelia Meath, paired with the synth stylings of Nick Sanborn. Though new on the music scene, the pair has such a cohesive sound, you'd think they'd been playing together since they used to listen to Neutral Milk Hotel in their college dorm room, smoking weed and eating Eggo waffles. Their upcoming album embodies a similar theme of looping sounds and simple tones and vocals, yet still manages to entangle you in its seemingly simplistic pop roots and melancholy overtones. ROSE FINN
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