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MÚM, HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR, SIN FANG BOUS
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Múm's brand of quiet, weird intensity doesn't make them a novelty act. They're not miniaturists—"Marmalade Fires" is restrained, but it also soars in the way a symphony orchestra soars. "Sing Along," from the Icelandic group's most recent album, Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know, seems to build into something that could become a raucous explosion, but it just keeps ascending, like an ornate marble staircase that you keep climbing, only to find it leads to a dead-end wall, but on that wall is maybe the most moody, gorgeous painting you've ever seen in your whole life. PAUL CONSTANT

Yeah, that about sums it up. Like their artistic peers on that odd bankrupt (financially, not creatively) island they call home, Múm build precise little monuments of intricate melody and sound that are endlessly rewarding to the listener. Since the band will be making a rare appearance at the Aladdin Theater this Wednesday, we want to give you a pair of tickets to see the show. Just comment below and explain why you deserve to win your way into the loving embrace of Múm. The best comment by Tuesday (that's tomorrow) at 9am will be declared the winner. If commenting isn't your thing, you can still buy tickets right here. Good luck.

LISTEN:

Múm - "Illuminated"