UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, WAMPIRE
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Earlier this year, Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped their second album of brain-melting underwater psych-funk, and now the Portland trio plays its first hometown show since the record's release. They've been setting alight stages across the country, and are ready to do the same for a hometown crowd. NED LANNAMANN Also, read our article on UMO.
LOW, THALIA ZEDEK
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Low is going on two decades now. The years have flown by for many of us, but it's been a sllooooowww ride for this band from Duluth, Minnesota. Low's association with bands like Codeine and Galaxy 500 earned them the "slowcore" tag from critics, one the band itself doesn't particularly care for. With a few exceptions (and producers), they've never veered too far from that sound. The band's latest, The Invisible Way, was produced by Jeff Tweedy, which makes perfect sense. Like Wilco, it's lush, gorgeous, slow, and inoffensive. Opening is Thalia Zedek, who's also been known to be a little mopey. But her excellent new record Via is noisy in all the right places, and will definitely make you feel good. MARK LORE