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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tonight in Music: Juana Molina, Frankie Rose, Circle Takes the Square & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM


JUANA MOLINA, THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Not one for spectacle or showmanship, Juana Molina instead concentrates her efforts on being a hypnotist of the highest order. Though commonly lumped with artists like Björk and CocoRosie, Molina's approach is decidedly understated in comparison. She works on creating intricate layers that slowly build and add textures, but rarely exhibit radical changes or lose their pulsing rhythm. Her most recent album, Eras, might not sound markedly different from her previous work, but it subtly shows off her band at their most technical and precise—which takes the entrancement of her soundscapes even further. In Latin America and Europe, Molina typically performs at large outdoor festivals. But her humble, stunning live show is better suited for small spaces; tonight's show at the Doug Fir is a perfect, rare opportunity to see her work her magic in an intimate setting. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON


WHITE LIES, FRANKIE ROSE, TOGETHER PANGEA
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) When the Vivian Girls called it quits earlier this year, it was eye-opening to examine all of the side projects and offshoots that formed in the band's wake. The amount of acts could make for a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game based within the noise-pop world. Frankie Rose, the original drummer for Vivian Girls, proved to be a force of her own on the outstanding dream-pop debut Interstellar. There, Rose was able to distance herself from the lo-fi, jangle-pop background by layering her soaring, melodic voice and confessional songwriting with smooth, spacey synth-pop hooks. On the follow-up album, Herein Wild, fuzzy guitars and crashing drums make a brief return, pairing a bit of rawness with the glossy orchestral string sections found on tracks like "Sorrow." The collection of songs further establishes Rose's ability to wrap catchy music within atmospheric production with the best of them. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE, SLOTHS, THE SKY ABOVE AND EARTH BELOW
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Circle Takes the Square's 2004 LP, As the Roots Undo, is considered one of the most influential screamo albums ever released, before the genre collapsed on itself and degenerated into an interminable bad joke. If a great and innovative record weren't enough to cement the group's legacy, the gestation process between Roots and the group's most recent LP, Decompositions, was a whopping eight years, a move that ultimately engendered Chinese Democracy-levels of hype within the punk community (if you'll forgive the vulgar analogy). And Circle Takes the Square's reentry into the punk playing field couldn't have happened at a better time. It coincides perfectly with a renewed interest in classic emotional hardcore—or "skramz," as the zealots like to call it. MORGAN TROPER


ELLIE GOULDING, CONWAY
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Electropop goes mainstream pop when the effervescent Ellie Goulding hits the stage. Her album Lights launched her worldwide, but her newest release Halcyon Days, with its lead single "Burn," continues and improves upon Goulding's wickedly smart pairing of high-strung emotion with bubbly, club-ready beats. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

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