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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tonight in Music: Yuna, New Move, Panic! at the Disco

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:58 AM


YUNA, SHELBY EARL
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Yuna's magically mellifluous voice—somehow calling to mind smoke, knives, and soft pillows all at once—used to be one of Malaysia's best-kept secrets. But then people everywhere heard her sing, and now Yuna belongs to the whole world. Bonus? She'll be sharing tonight's bill with Seattle's Shelby Earl, whose power-gloss folk music would be enough of a draw all on its own. DENIS C. THERIAULT


NEW MOVE, MINDEN, HEATWARMER
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Though they're a couple of years into their existence, locals New Move have recently been gaining a bit more traction, thanks in large part to their standout cut on this year's PDX Pop Now! comp, "Don't Wanna Lose." If you've managed to catch the band live, you know that that near perfect, vintage-leaning pop number is a nice distillation of what they do—a little T. Rex, a bit of Bowie, and a helluva lot of groove. Throw in an obligatory Morphine mention thanks to the rare (and welcome!) presence of a baritone sax, and New Move is simply irresistible—and they've even managed to steer clear of Robert Palmer territory. What we haven't had much of yet is New Move on record, but that changes a little with the release of a new single, "The City Life," and its companion video at tonight's back-to-school themed party. JEREMY PETERSEN


PANIC! AT THE DISCO, WALK THE MOON, YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) Within the canon of mid-'00s mainstream emo, Panic! at the Disco are a pretty unique specimen. While the group's first record, 2005's A Fever You Can't Sweat Out—which features the interminably irritating lead single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"—is indistinguishable from every other shitty, histrionic pop-punk record from the era, the 2008 follow-up Pretty. Odd. is an unabashed, kitchen-sink homage to '60s pop that sort of sounds like a Smiley Smile for scene kids. It's a bold, occasionally great record that has endured pretty well, all things considered, and certainly remains a high watermark for the group, which, in 2009, splintered into two distinct bands as a result of Pretty. Odd.'s mixed reception. Guitarist, songwriter and behind-the-scenes musical architect Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker quit and formed Nuggets-y band the Young Veins, while lead vocalist Brendan Urie and drummer Spencer Smith, in addition to a rotating cast of hired guns, continue to tour and record under the Panic! at the Disco name. MORGAN TROPER

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