THE POLYPHONIC SPREE, SARAH JAFFE, FRIENDS AND FAMILY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Sarah Jaffe is a musical wonder evolving at warp speed; you can either keep up or get out of the way. Her early indie-folk records—2008's self-released Even Born Again EP and 2010's Suburban Nature—are only a few years old, but they seem like antiques when compared to 2012's sleek, modern The Body Wins, which raised Jaffe's profile considerably, and especially her third full-length, Don't Disconnect, which comes out August 19. Don't Disconnect is an album of unabashed pop songs powered by drum machines and streaked with electronic melodies, though Jaffe's compelling voice and personal lyrics remain the core of the sound. Considering Jaffe's side project with hiphop producer S1 under the name the Dividends—the two wrote a song that ended up on Eminem's last album—it's no surprise that the music on Don't Disconnect is largely built around beats and synths. And it'll be exciting to see where she goes from here, but that's always been the case. BEN SALMON Also see My, What a Busy Week!
FIN DE CINEMA: THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES: VALET, DREAMBOAT, SPECTRUM CONTROL
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Released in 1968, The Color of Pomegranates is a startling cinematic work that attempts to tell the story of Sayat-Nova, an artist from Armenia whose work influenced the worlds of romantic poetry and classical music. But it is hardly your traditional biopic, as it uses no dialogue, puts Sayat-Nova's words onscreen to be read rather than heard, and punctuates each scene with splashes of bright primary colors. It's the perfect candidate, then, for a live soundtrack as part of Holocene's ongoing Fin de Cinema series. Tonight the music will be provided by Honey Owens' multi-faceted project Valet; Dreamboat, the haunting collaboration between Golden Retriever and guitarist Ilyas Ahmed; and the psych guitar instrumentals of Dewey Mahood's new undertaking, Spectrum Control. ROBERT HAM
MISS MASSIVE SNOWFLAKE, LOVEYDOVE, NATE ASHLEY
(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) Azalia Snail was one of the most beguiling bedroom-fi psych auteurs of the '90s. She had an off-kilter, faux-naif thing going with her high-pitched voice blowing cool breezes over spindly, spangly songs that gently squeezed you into daydream reveries. If you're curious about her music, start with 1990's Snailbait and move onward chronologically. Azalia's new project is LoveyDove, a Burbank, California, duo with Dan West. They sound a bit more "pro" than Snail's output, but their 2013 self-titled CD retains the singer's charming, stoned lilt and if the psychedelia captures a more pop feel, Snail's underground-loner vibe refreshingly hangs in there. The slowly submerging "Deep Down Inc." is the jam. Twenty-five years into her career, Snail—with help from her paramour—is still making vital work. DAVE SEGAL
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