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Cant, Mirror Mirror and Blood Orange


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Sat., Oct. 1, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Doug Fir

Nostalgia has become woefully nearsighted. Let the sunburnt Polaroids become kindling for the bonfire. We're up to our ears in hippie gurus, nihilist clubbers, and tribal electro Indians, yet find relatively few Funkadelics, pitiful Princes, and not a single Shuggie Otis. In the Daptone revival we have bright, big-band soul. But what about its steamier, sexier, dark side? Where are the candles and velvet? Buried at the bottom of an already overly hyped bill is Blood Orange, the thumping, falsetto funk of New York's Devonté Hynes, who's also recorded under the name Lightspeed Champion. Like the aforementioned Prince and Otis—along with the venerable Stevie Wonder—Hynes is a multi-instrumentalist and a deft arranger. Shimmering guitar arpeggios and unassuming hooks creep among a more assured low-end. The pocket is subtle, yet punchy and tight. This is Hynes' first tour as Blood Orange, and there's no telling how his marvelous compositions will translate to the stage, but if they work anything like on record, he'll never open another show. Wait, what? The album is called Coastal Grooves? Fuck, well, give it a chance anyway. ANDREW R TONRY

Doug Fir

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

Venue Hours
  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Sat., Oct. 1, 9 p.m. 2011
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