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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tonight in Music: Lily and Madeleine, Scalped, the Renderers

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM


LILY AND MADELEINE, SHANNON HAYDEN
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) As far as young-ass singer/songwriter sister duos go, Lily and Madeleine have their shit together. Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz garnered fame early in their career, accruing a larger-than-average number of YouTube hits shortly after exiting high school. Rich with harmonies and angst, the sisters could easily be the soundtrack to your graduation, your first real breakup, or any number of daily existential crises. Hailing from Indianapolis, the duo are signed to Sufjan Stevens' record label, Asthmatic Kitty, and though they're young, their sound is surprisingly mature and clean. Catch them now before they become old and jaded. ROSE FINN


SCALPED, SPERM, CRIME ZONE, INVERSION
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Prolific Bay Area rocker Tony Molina just wrapped up a huge national tour supporting Against Me! and Big Eyes. While that may seem like the type of excursion that warrants some much-needed R&R, Molina shows no sign of slowing down. In addition to the Pinkerton-era-Weezer-meets-Robert-Pollard take on revved-up pop-rock displayed in his fantastic solo material and with long-running band Ovens, Molina currently plays in no fewer than four hardcore projects. As one fifth of the band Scalped, Molina forgoes frontman duty, wielding only his guitar. Scalped just wrapped up recording a debut 7-inch, and if their recent four-song demo tape is any indication, their live show should bear some resemblance to a hot-wing-eating competition. It's fast, fiery, and sure to leave very little meat on the bone when it's all over. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


THE RENDERERS, ARTEMIS
(Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth) For reasons unknown, the Renderers never achieved the same cultural cachet as their New Zealand peers the Verlaines, the Clean, and the Chills. No major labels came a-calling for them in the heat of the '90s alt-rock explosion. It was quite an oversight, too, considering the band's ability to turn a Loaded-era Velvet Underground sound into something far more sinister and sexy. Though the group took a break around '99, co-leaders Maryrose and Brian Crook have been stoking their creative flames since 2006 with a series of albums—including the Measured Strychnine Invitations compilation, released last year on local imprint Exiled Records—that shimmer like a heat mirage just over the horizon. ROBERT HAM

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