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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tonight in Music: Magic Mouth, Pixies, Dark Tranquillity

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM


MAGIC MOUTH, PHONE CALL, IBQT
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) If you love modern R&B of the "barn-burning" variety, check out Portland's dance-tastic Magic Mouth, who layer experimental textures atop ridiculously FAT R&B bass lines. Vocalist Chanticleer Tru takes the handoff from the Isley Brothers and slams it into the end zone for a night of the sweatiest, sexiest soul you're likely to hear in this town. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY


PIXIES, BEST COAST
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Pixies have existed mostly as a nostalgia act since reanimating about a decade ago—a touring band with four albums of classic material from which to pull, all of it released more than 20 years ago. The recent shakeups in the Pixies camp are that longtime bassist Kim Deal left the band, and they've released a couple EPs of new material. Both of those things suck. While Deal's headbutting with frontman Black Francis had been much chronicled during the band's first go-around, her official exit came without much elaboration. And the first Deal-less releases, EP1 and EP2, are unexciting, limp facsimiles of an idea of what Pixies kinda sound like—a copy of a copy. But as a nostalgia act, shuffling those four albums in any order makes for a can't-miss set every time. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN


DARK TRANQUILLITY, OMNIUM GATHERUM, EXMORTUS, SOUTHGATE, TERRACLIPSE
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) When death metal was first kicking its tires in America in the mid- to late '80s, it tended to be a gore-obsessed collection of brutal riffs, exemplified by the likes of Death (the early stuff), Obituary, and Cannibal Corpse. Over in Sweden, a more melodic version of the subgenre gained traction, with bands like At the Gates and In Flames weaving more New Wave of British Heavy Metal elements into extreme metal. One of the earliest pioneers of that Swedish sound was Dark Tranquillity, who've spent the past two and a half decades churning out the most consistently good catalog of all the early Swedish death metalers. MWS

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