Olympia’s Oh Rose has quietly become one of the best pop bands in the Pacific Northwest’s DIY scene, largely due to frontwoman Olivia Rose’s versatile vocals. Their 2015 record SEVEN is less than 30 minutes long, but ranges from sultry (“Run” and “Winter”) to deeply unsettling (“Seven”). On the latter track, chilling synth and guitar riffs echo as Rose gutturally screams, “My need to please,” awakening a horror I thought was reserved for Linda Blair. But album opener “Lottery” is straightforward power-pop, with an upbeat hook and chanted chorus accented by great backing vocals from Sarah Redden. This week Oh Rose opens for indie pop heavyweights Future Islands for two consecutive nights at the Crystal Ballroom. CAMERON CROWELL
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1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.