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Shearwater, Husky and Gold Leaves


Mississippi Studios (map) North
Thu., July 19, 9 p.m. 2012 21+

Mississsippi Studios

Legend has it that Jonathan Meiburg founded Shearwater in 1999 as a quieter alternative to his other band, Okkervil River. Possibly the only ironic thing about Animal Joy, Shearwater's seventh studio album, is how loud it is. Liberated from even the most oblique references to folk, Animal Joy relies instead on a sweeping, beautiful bombast. In most hands, this would come across as overblown, as if some record producers were really intent on forcing you to feel some feelings. Instead, it sounds like the natural progression from 2008's quiet, tender Rook—a perfectly conceived story arc in which we've now reached all the exciting parts. In both singing and songwriting, Meiburg—a method actor of a vocalist if ever there was one—manages theatricality with the most affecting sincerity. Husky (low-key indie by way of Australia) and Seattle's gorgeous Gold Leaves are opening. REBECCA WILSON

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

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  • Thu., July 19, 9 p.m. 2012
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