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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Tonight in Music: Chad VanGaalen, Augurs, Yann Tiersen

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 9:40 AM

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Chad VanGaalen.

(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Augurs play a relentless mix of black metal and crust punk, and they do it slow and sludgy, then fast and shredding. The East Bay four-piece's debut EP—the less-than-heavily titled 2012 Demo—steamrolled its way into being out of print. But they recently followed up with the Old Ways EP, and will crank out a split later this year. No one is safe. Also playing is Portland four-piece Usnea, one of the finest bands to doom this side of the country—it's no wonder Relapse recently snatched them up. Expect a new record later this year. And expect the sound of the world ending tonight. MARK LORE

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Were you one of the millions whose trousers were charmed off while watching the 2001 film Amélie? Then you likely recall the score by one Yann Tiersen, the French composer whose festive, lilting themes on accordion, harpsichord, toy piano, and other non-rock instruments soundtracked the title character's whimsical adventures (most of the pieces were collated from earlier Tiersen recordings). That huge exposure made Tiersen a global star, and he's gone on to cut four more albums, including this year's (Infinity, if you're nasty). It's a rich, orchestral collection that has a patina of high European culture spread lightly over everything. ∞ is a bit more elevated, delicate, and precious than 2011's Skyline, which soared in the same slate-gray skies as Coldplay and lesser, later Sigur Rós works. Whatever the case, the Wonder should sell some damn croissants at this show. DAVE SEGAL


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