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Bunk Bar (map) Southeast
Fri., Sept. 9, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Bunk Bar
$10

Adding on to the band's already lengthy discography (not to mention their alter ego as South San Gabriel), this year's Centro-matic outing, Candidate Waltz, is as satisfying and rewarding as any in their history. Songs like "Solid States" find Will Johnson and his gang of longtime stalwarts in genial popster mode, while elsewhere the band finds a darker, noirish edge with plenty of guitar clang and atmospheric echo. The backbeat hymn of "Only in My Double Mind" is the kind of heart-on-sleeve anthem U2 hasn't been able to pull of since The Joshua Tree, and "Estimate x 3" is the type of sumptuous ballad Ryan Adams hasn't been able to put together since Heartbreaker. Perhaps their consistency has been something of a detriment to audiences looking for something flashier, but as time goes by, the plainer it seems that Centro-matic is one of the best American bands currently plying their trade. NED LANNAMANN

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
503-894-9708
Hours: Sun-Tues 11 am-10 pm, Wed-Thurs 11 am-12 am, Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am
http://bunkbar.com

Venue Hours
  • Sun-Tues 11 am-10 pm, Wed-Thurs 11 am-12 am, Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Fri., Sept. 9, 9 p.m. 2011