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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tonight in Music: Jex Thoth, Neko Case, Neka and Kahlo, Chet Faker

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM


JEX THOTH, WITCH MOUNTAIN, USNEA
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Read our article on Jex Thoth.


NEKO CASE, THE DODOS
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Neko Case's incredible live shows are a goddamn treasure. Her rousing, chatty birthday concert in Pioneer Courthouse Square in September was a starry spectacular, so expect no less from her two-night show in the intimate confines of the Aladdin. But good luck getting tickets—everyone's been preparing for her clarion-voiced awesome for months already. COURTNEY FERGUSON


NEKA AND KAHLO, ANIMÉ, AVIEL, MAZE KOROMA, BLOSSOM, ASTRO KING PHOENIX
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) While there's no shortage of worthwhile acts of all stripes in this city, the duo of Neka Perini and Mila "Kahlo" Kokich is something to get especially excited about. Ostensibly couched in hiphop, Neka and Kahlo burst the genre apart at the seams, bringing rock, pop, and electronic dance music into something that I don't think Portland has ever quite heard before. Tonight, they celebrate their new 7hirdwav3 EP, and while I haven't heard the whole project yet, the advance track "Alchemistress" is a tour de force, marrying Kahlo's lyrics with Neka's impressive singing and production; midway through, the track turns inside out, into a quick-fire funk-rock blitzkrieg. These two are well worth keeping our eyes on. NED LANNAMANN


CHET FAKER, STARRO
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Like Portland's Philip Grass and Seattle's Com Truise, the Australia-based electronic act Chet Faker (AKA Nicholas Murphy) has been able to catapult over his pun-driven stage name. It's been a slow-building process, though. For the past two years, Murphy's released music in small chunks, with short EPs that showcase his buttery-smooth vocals and a production style that emphasizes '70s keyboard melodies and sultry downtempo beats. That he was able to pull off a version of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" that did the '90s hit proud is just a bonus. Last month, Murphy finally released a fine full-length, Built on Glass, that expands on his otherwise intimate production style with the welcome incursion of New Romantic sleekness and moments of widescreen beauty. ROBERT HAM

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