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Brothers Young, Bright Archer and Alexis Gideon


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Sat., July 2, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Bright Archer

When I say that the music of Bright Archer—the nom de plume of one Johanna Kunin—is similar to Joni Mitchell, I say that not as a lazy (male) music scribe desperately trying to add up the obvious components (sincere female voice alongside a piano's plaintive notes) to form some half-assembled opinion. It's the most sincere of compliments, as Bright Archer's dizzying new LP Hidden Systems harkens back to Mitchell's untouchable 1969-75 run (Clouds through The Hissing of Summer Lawns), but sans the vintage nostalgia of that fabled era. Kunin's earnest vocals and simple yet subtly elaborate song structure portray an artist at her creative peak. Songs like the stark title track wield a titanic amount of emotional weight, while her road-trip love affair "Sunrising" exhilaratingly changes pace at the song's midpoint, seamlessly reinventing itself for the final two-minute home stretch. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
Event Times
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  • Sat., July 2, 9 p.m. 2011
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