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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tonight in Music: Justin Hayward, Thirsty City

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM

(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Rest assured, Moody Blues fans: Setlists from Justin Hayward's current run of solo dates indicate that the nostalgic part of your brain will be stimulated often when the 67-year-old stops by the Aladdin Theater this week. But I encourage you to lend your ears to the tracks he'll be playing from his latest album, Spirits of the Western Sky. On the LP, he lends his distinctive pipes to bucolic folk that looks back to the quiet storm of fellow singer/songwriters like John Martyn and Richard Thompson, while also giving knowing nods to his dabblings in progressive rock and pop. If you can't handle it, get a beer and wait quietly for "Nights In White Satin." ROBERT HAM

(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) For fans of freaky beats, stoned samples, trippy tracks, and hallucinatory head-space, Thirsty City is ground zero for all the wild, weird music made by this city's beatmakers. Dropping Gems' Brownbear makes electronic alchemy with elements of hiphop and glitch, but on a thick forest carpet of Pacific Northwest pine needles. Seattle's Diogenes and Portland's Northern Draw recently collaborated on a split cassette called Weed Island (hmm, wonder what type of weed they're referring to?); it's a heady, dense burst of sound that zooms down the radio dial like a waterslide. Automatic Thoughts weaves chill blankets of soul and kicking electronica. And hiphop producer Roane Namuh has a deep sonic bag of tricks. Tonight, go to the far side and beyond with the help of some very skilled sonic pilots. NED LANNAMANN


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