A few weeks back I made an epic plea to some similarly music-obsessed friends about the undeniable greatness of Okkervil River. Hyperbolic, heavy-handed, and possibly a little drunk, my grandstanding was met with a shrug of shoulder and casual "meh." No matter how deep an impact music makes with you, there will always be likeminded peers wildly indifferent to the music that saves your life. This is where Rogue Wave comes in. Indifferent is too kind of a word for my feelings about this Bay Area indie act, and while they run with a crowd of bands I enjoy—namely Death Cab for Cutie–and create music that should by all means appeal to me on every level... meh. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"