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Kathryn Calder and Like a Villain


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Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 2011 All Ages

Kathryn Calder

Kathryn Calder wrote her first solo album, Are You My Mother?, while her own mom was dying from ALS. The album's not a downer, but it's not what you'd call upbeat, with pleasant, self-soothing melodies and sparse instrumentation. Sixteen months later, Calder has released a follow-up album of thick, layered... synthpop. A lot of people are jumping on that bus these days, but Calder's credentials precede current trends: Bright and Vivid hearkens back to her pre-New Pornographers career with the Immaculate Machine—guitar-and-synth hooks, beats, loops, Calder's church-choir voice distorted and mixed low on the best songs (see: "One, Two, Three," like a shoegaze anthem from 1992). Bright and Vivid is interesting and easy to like, but sophisticated enough not to give it all up at first listen. What's brand new is Calder's confidence as a musician and songwriter. REBECCA WILSON


115 NW 5th, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am-2 am, Sat-Sun 10 am-2 am

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  • Mon-Fri 7 am-2 am, Sat-Sun 10 am-2 am
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  • Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 2011
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