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St. Lucia, Sir Sly and Sex Life DJs


Hawthorne Theatre (map) Southeast
Fri., Jan. 31, 7 p.m. 2014 21+


There's nothing new to be gleaned from the sound of St. Lucia, the Brooklyn-based synthpop ensemble formed around South African-born producer/songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler. That's not to say the sparkling, crystal-wave '80s retroglide of Columbia-released debut album When the Night doesn't contain its pleasures. Big gated drums, glassily glossy guitars, "All Night Long" street-dancing rhythms, and multiple saxophone solos put this squarely in the realm of nostalgia zeitgeist, and it might very well sound astonishing to those who were too young to dig Simple Minds the first time around, or those who missed Swedish band Studio's capable, wonderful reinvention of the Balearic sound in the mid '00s. Still, St. Lucia's songs sound awfully good, even on repeat listens, reminding me that solid songwriting trumps affectedly retro production every time. NED LANNAMANN

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez, Portland, OR 97214

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