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LEE COREY OSWALD Wed 4/30 Slabtown

LEE COREY OSWALD Wed 4/30 Slabtown

WED APRIL 30

Lee Corey Oswald w/Tiny Moving Parts, Frameworks, Gates; Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th
Lee Corey Oswald is a band of many faces. In their nascence, they were an acoustic project with a decided folk-punk influence and weren't afraid to wax political. The group's first proper full-length, the stylistically bipolar Moon Songs cassette, was a fly on the wall of the band's transmogrification, featuring seven rockers and seven clap 'n' stomp acoustic ditties. The group's identity crisis was finally resolved with the release of their split 12-inch with Scranton-based pop-punk band Three Man Cannon at the beginning of 2013. LCO's side was an indelible '90s nostalgia junket that sounded little like their previous efforts and instead brought to mind phenomenal—if critically misunderstood—"post-grunge" bands like Gin Blossoms, Superdrag, and Harvey Danger; fittingly, it was produced and engineered by local luminary/mad scientist Ben Barnett of Kind of Like Spitting. The group's latest LP, which is set to be released by No Sleep Records later in the year, features principal songwriter/guitarist Lee Ellis' most intelligent and emotive songwriting to date, wholly delivering on the promises made by the aforementioned split, and then some.

SAT MAY 3

Flight 19 w/Vic Bondi, Millions of Dead Cops; Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th
Flight 19 is puerile, virile, no-frills hardcore, with a lone three-song demo to their name. They open for Vic Bondi of Articles of Faith, the seminal hardcore/emo band from Chicago, who should be right at home performing in an anarchist book store.

SUN MAY 4

Gaytheist; Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside
Gaytheist play mercilessly catchy and clever punk/thrash/pop, and they're one of Portland's best live acts. This free show, which celebrates the release of their live album Live from the Banana Stand, kicks off at 6 pm and will undoubtedly be the most uncomfortable Music Millennium in-store you'll ever witness.

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