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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tonight in Music: Temples, Chvrches, Little Dragon & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:49 AM


TEMPLES, DROWNERS
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) We might imagine Temples riding from the UK into town on a magic carpet of crushed velvet, incense trailing, propelled by moptops and fairly massive hype. They arrive just ahead of an appearance at Coachella and a slew of summer festival dates, not to mention ringing endorsements from Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, among others, all of which makes Temples a suddenly large target for the ever-present haters. Shot from Bolan's zip gun, they took the elevator to the 13th floor, kept going until they were eight miles high, finally coming to land in the sky somewhere near Lucy and her diamonds—or that seems to be the gist among disparaging critics. Fair enough, but a band could do worse. Just try and deny the charming, harmonious bombast of lead single "Shelter Song," which first piqued stateside interest last year. That's the way their album Sun Structures opens, and it paves the way for the no less infectious "Keep in the Dark" and "Mesmerise" on what is an incredibly accomplished debut. JEREMY PETERSEN


CHVRCHES, SUMMER CANNIBALS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) If going to church sounded like the dreamy synthpop of Chvrches, you could bet your sweet ass we'd be planted in an uncomfortable pew every Sunday. Tonight, go to the church of the floating dancefloor where the Glaswegian trio will spread danceable, cool hits on the wings of Lauren Mayberry's crystalline vocals. COURTNEY FERGUSON


LITTLE DRAGON, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) The breadth of Little Dragon's neo-soul electronica makes you wonder how the band ever could have been relegated to underground status, as they were prior to the release of their self-titled 2007 debut. The Gothenburg, Sweden, foursome's 10 years of obscurity must have helped to hone the group's singular grasp of dreamy, danceable pop, which is made all the more engaging by the endearing, elastic vocals of Yukimi Nagano. Little Dragon's new album, Nabuma Rubberband, isn't out until May 13, but previews of tracks like "Klapp Klapp" find the band delving into dancier synth-funk territory, à la the New Power Generation or even Janet Jackson. Following the band's performance for the Soul'd Out fest, Little Dragons dive headfirst into the maw of the festival circuit, with sets at Coachella and later this summer at Bonnaroo. RYAN J. PRADO


AND AND AND, BRITE LINES, TIBURONES
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) This show is finally happening! After postponing the original date due to Snowpacalypse Y2K14, tonight's bill brings together some of Portland's most prized musicians with promising up-and-comers from Seattle. Brite Lines' heartfelt, angsty folk is sprinkled with gentle melodies and wistful lyrics, falling somewhere between Andrew Bird and the Postal Service. They are an unexpected yet complementary match for headliners And And And, whose kinetic, tortured rock 'n' roll always leaves a crowd sweaty and rowdy. Rounding out the evening is Tiburones, whose powerful, dynamic folk is enough to silence any room. RACHEL MILBAUER


PETER CASE, COUNT KELLAM, STEVE WILKINSON
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Peter Case was the crux of two legendary second-wave power-pop bands: the Nerves, alongside drummer Paul Collins and guitarist Jack Lee; and later the Plimsouls, a slightly-less-legendary group best remembered for the hit "A Million Miles Away." (The Plimsouls also have a wealth of equally noteworthy material—namely, every song off the group's self-titled 1981 debut.) In 1986, Case ditched the Chelsea boots for a stupid fedora, and reintroduced himself to the music-buying public as a "mature solo artist"—often a dubious decision for reputable pop craftsmen—but the resulting eponymous LP is a star-studded (T-Bone Burnett! Roger McGuinn! Van Dyke Parks!) melange of styles that remains one of the most unjustly forgotten-about albums in the annals of pop. MORGAN TROPER

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