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Craft Spells, Hausu and Prescription Pills

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Holocene (map) Southeast
Tue., Aug. 23, 8:30 p.m. 2011 21+

Eliza Sohn
$8

Craft Spells is not just an alchemist's skill attribute; it's also the moniker of '80s pop revivalist Justin Vallesteros. Craft Spells began unassumingly in Vallesteros' Stockton bedroom two years ago but took off when his penchant for New Romanticism and affected baritone vocals generated enough blog buzz to earn him a contract with the like-minded revivalists at Captured Tracks. Vallesteros then put together a band, moved to Seattle, and released Craft Spells' well-received debut Idle Labor. But while Craft Spells excels at cogently mining the benchmarks of '80s new wave (especially New Order and Echo & the Bunnymen), the band is more than just another derivative. Replete with complex arrangements, an arsenal of perfectly dialed-in synth tones, and a lucid sensibility, Craft Spells is magical, indeed. CHRIS CANTINO

Holocene

1001 SE Morrison, Portland, OR 97214
239-7639
Hours: Wed-Thu 8pm-2:30am, Fri 5pm-2:30am, Sat 8pm-2:30am, Sun-Tue see calendar
http://holocene.org/

Venue Hours
  • Wed-Thu 8pm-2:30am, Fri 5pm-2:30am, Sat 8pm-2:30am, Sun-Tue see calendar
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Tue., Aug. 23, 8:30 p.m. 2011