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The Minus 5, The My Oh Mys and Hook & Anchor


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Fri., March 7, 9 p.m. 2014 21+

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You'd have thought it'd be easy to write off the Minus 5 as a mere novelty: Sole constant member (and amateur Ian Hunter impersonator) Scott McCaughey's concept for his Young Fresh Fellows follow-up was to enlist a different backing band for every record released by the project—with the exception of a few VIPs, including Peter Buck, and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, who appear on several Minus 5 records. More than half of the time, though, McCaughey's premise has resulted in brilliant things: Wilco marvelously complement McCaughey's AM-pop predilections on 2003's Down with Wilco. "The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply" is a pitch-perfect Harry Nilsson pastiche, and "Dear Employer" is a beautiful, heartbreaking I-quit anthem for the bookish crowd that toes the line between optimistic and despondent. Even on the Minus 5's iffier releases—such as the Decemberists collaboration Killingsworth, which is a little too narrowly "clap-your-hands-and-stomp-your-feet"—McCaughey's writhing, resplendent melodic sense and impeccable turn of phrase manages to shine through brightly. MORGAN TROPER

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830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
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  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
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  • Fri., March 7, 9 p.m. 2014
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