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Monday, March 3, 2014

Tonight in Music: Real Estate, Dr. Dog, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Days, the 2011 album by New Jersey band Real Estate, might not be your best musical bet if you need to get pumped up for a big-time boxing match or something like that. But if you're looking for 40 seamless minutes of beautifully languid indie-pop, it's undeniably the right choice. It's also a grower; two-plus years after its release, Real Estate's second record sounds more charming and comely than ever. Which makes Real Estate's album number three, Atlas—out on Domino the day after tonight's Portland show—one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2014. And it delivers: 10 tracks of gentle, jangling guitar-pop music, exquisitely crafted with earworm melody after earworm melody sighed seemingly just for you. In other words, Atlas is gorgeous. Is it as great as its predecessor? Only time will tell. BEN SALMON

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Winsome Philly group Dr. Dog is a band of many talents. They personally converted an old silversmith mill to suit their recording purposes. They peddle a range of custom leather knickknacks and dreamcatchers on Etsy. And they play damned decent, perpetually chill rock. Tonight's show is the band's first in Portland since the release of their latest album, B-Room, in October. DIRK VANDERHART

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) If bands were cars, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. would be more of a late-'90s Miata than a stock car. Originally just a couple of dudes playing around with keyboards in their Detroit basement, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has turned into a full-fledged four-piece touring band with a following and media praise. Often mimicking the vocal harmonization and indie danceability of Of Montreal, Dale plays the indie-pop card to its fullest extent. Their most recent album, The Speed of Things, maintains their sweet, old-school Beach Boys style with trippy electro beats and noises that make you wonder what decade you're in, while instructing you how to dance your way through it. ROSE FINN


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