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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tonight in Music: Typhoon, Waterfront Blues Fest, Zinnie for Short & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Jul 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM


TYPHOON, ST. EVEN (EARLY SHOW); TYPHOON, SAMA DAMS (LATE SHOW)
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The complex beauty of Typhoon's arrangements might swirl your brain as its name suggests, and it's best to let it when you can. Frontman Kyle Morton's health led to a rescheduled doubleheader tonight, so get it while everyone's in good health (and before they skip town to tour with Portugal. The Man later this summer). MARJORIE SKINNER


WATERFRONT BLUES FEST
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito) Pretty much any day of this year's Waterfront Blues Festival will deliver something good, and maybe even excellent. But if you've only got one day to spare drinking at the river alongside the hordes, then the closing day ought to be it. Nostalgists can sway their rumps to Boz Scaggs and Lee Fields. Or, better yet, wake up early and catch Ural Thomas and the Pain. DENIS C. THERIAULT


ZINNIE FOR SHORT, ADAM BROCK
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Light by Light, the debut full-length from Portland band Zinnie for Short, contains eight compact dramas in its 36 minutes, from the steady boil of "Splinters" to the waltzing acoustic closer "The Reset," which sounds like the musical equivalent of the dust piles and sun-lines left behind in an empty house after all of its contents have been packed and moved out. The core duo of Noah Kite and Corey Distler wrote the album in a two-room cabin on Larch Mountain, just up the Columbia River Gorge. Judging by the final product, Kite and Distler were more inspired by their natural surroundings than the confines of their retreat; Light by Light is a large-scale record with sweeping vistas, natural hues, and shadows that grow and ebb over the course of the album. NED LANNAMANN


MS. LAURYN HILL
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Few albums have had more staying power than The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Nearly two decades later, you STILL hear it in coffee shops, and more importantly, you STILL like it. Maybe that kind of pop power was a factor in the fairly tumultuous years that followed for Ms. Lauryn Hill—but who could really follow Ms. Hill through her own mind's journey? The bottom line is she made something special. Though her recent shows have been rumored to have some kinks with late starts and whatnot, they've also been selling out, and come equipped with a setlist of revamped classics. Naysayers might say one-trick pony, but it's a hell of a trick. ROBIN BACIOR

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