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Pocketknife, Vanimal and Pegasus Dream


Mississippi Studios (map) North
Sun., July 31, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Mississsippi Studios

Tough as Snails, the debut EP from Portland band Pocketknife, is about as friendly an introduction as a band can make. Its six songs are buoyant pop numbers with titles like "Cotton Candy" and "Pillow Talk," each dressed in bubbling synths and hi-hat-slashing disco beats. But the quartet stops short of cloying adorability in favor of lending Tough as Snails just a hint of roiling darkness. There's the languid intro to mini-epic "Normandy," and the black-hearted shadow that looms over "Should I Kiss the Viper's Fang?"—which quotes Bowie's "Quicksand" but whose Teutonic dance-floor sheen might fit better alongside "Joe the Lion." Any lingering bleakness, however, is shunted aside in favor of Pocketknife's melodic breeziness, which was honed at local basement shows and is now on full display on Tough as Snails, recorded at Klickitat Band Camp and newly released on the SoHiTek label. NED LANNAMANN

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

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  • Sun., July 31, 9 p.m. 2011
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