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Monday, June 16, 2014

Tonight in Music: Laura Gibson, the Sky Above and Earth Below

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

(Radar Restaurant, 3951 N Mississippi) When Mississippi Studios started, it was a tiny li'l spot. Now it's a grownup venue with a great big showroom, but as a throwback to the old days, they're hosting intimate Monday performances in Radar Restaurant next door. This week's guest for "Under the Radar" is the always-amazing local folk luminary Laura Gibson, who recently came face-to-face with her nemesis, John Oliver, and prevailed. NED LANNAMANN

(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Screamo project the Sky Above and Earth Below was formed in late 2009 by Miller Reda, formerly of a great, local ramshackle post-hardcore band with an even more ostentatious name: A Ghost's Face Two Inches from Your Own Face. That was a band worth checking out in its own right: AGFTIFYOF somehow played PDX Pop Now! in 2008 and made a lot of Blind Pilot fans very uncomfortable (their lead vocalist Nick Vicario is also the current guitarist in Wild Ones). In 2010, Sky Above released its Zelda-inspired debut EP, Quest's
, which featured Reda on every instrument. It wasn't until 2012 that the project expanded into a full band and started performing live. The group's 2013 LP Parting Ways swaps the homespun charm and profoundly nerdy subject matter of its predecessor for a blistering musicality (the drums!) and genuinely affecting narrative, and establishes Sky Above as one of Portland's best and most theatrical punk bands. MORGAN TROPER


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