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The Pauses, The Slidells and Josh & Mer


Tonic Lounge (map) Northeast
Sun., Sept. 16, 9 p.m. 2012 21+

Eliza Sohn

Like 'N Sync, the Pauses are from Orlando, but let's not hold that against them. It's pretty clear this trio spent the boy-band years absorbing the entire Saddle Creek catalog. Their debut, A Cautionary Tale, is as poppily sincere as anything from Rilo Kiley, except that just when you begin to take a song for granted, they wrench the carpet out from under your feet. Take "Little Kids," a song that starts out as a sweetheart confessional, with a mid-tempo synth riff; after a few verses of navel gazing—and an instrumental breakdown midway through—Tierney Tough breaks into a full-on lyrical assault that completely belies the tenderness of just a few minutes ago. Opening are the Slidells, who play doo-wop that sounds exactly like something really awful is about to happen in a David Lynch movie. REBECCA WILSON

Tonic Lounge

3100 NE Sandy, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 853-1264
Hours: Daily 3pm-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 3pm-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Sun., Sept. 16, 9 p.m. 2012
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