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The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing and The Oddly Hot

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Slabtown (map) Northwest
Wed., Aug. 6, 7 p.m. 2014 All Ages

$10

The Sidekicks' third record, 2012's Awkward Breeds, is phenomenal—partly because it was so unexpected. The Columbus, Ohio group's first record, So Long Soggy Dog, was rigidly pop-punk, and while its follow-up, Weight of Air, boasted a handful of excellent songs and marked a sonic evolution, it still played things pretty safe. Awkward Breeds, on the other hand, is a nearly perfect record: Every song is great, the best ones—"Grace," "The Whale and Jonah," and the one-two album-closing punch of "Baby, Baby" and "Daisy"—are on par with what Rivers Cuomo was coming up with in 1996, as worn out as that comparison has become. Impeccable songwriting chops, a huge consideration for musical detail (Awkward Breeds is a headphones record), and lead singer Steve Ciolek's inimitable banshee-like croon all make the Sidekicks one of the best active punk bands. MORGAN TROPER

Slabtown

1033 NW 16th, Portland, OR 97209
503-223-0099
Hours: Daily 3pm-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 3pm-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Wed., Aug. 6, 7 p.m. 2014
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