No two ways about it: The release of this year's White Lighter was in every way a triumph for Portland conglomerate Typhoon. Frontman Kyle Morton's obsessions with mortality are given sweeping, gorgeous arrangements that explode with vibrant horns, delicate acoustic guitars, loud gang vocals, and ambitious orchestration. It's the kind of record so affecting as to place itself immediately among the best Portland releases of the year. After a couple of reportedly breathtaking MusicfestNW performances a few months ago in the cozy confines of the Old Church, Typhoon docks into the cavernous Crystal Ballroom headlining a raucous evening of all-Northwest collectives. RYAN J. PRADO
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