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MusicfestNW: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, The We Shared Milk 

When: Fri., Sept. 6, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $15
Even if Unknown Mortal Orchestra were to shrug off some slapdash renditions of tunes from their amazing second album, II, that should be enough to get you in the door. But Ruban Nielson leads a firebrand trio that's responsible for positively explosive live shows. It helps that he's a world-class dervish on lead guitar, turning UMO's basement-psych recordings into freakouts that need to be experienced in the flesh. Much has been made of Nielson's move from New Zealand and the anonymity of the original UMO recordings that were posted online, but the narrative has already moved well beyond that. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a can't-miss band, and if Nielson isn't Portland's biggest rock star, he very well might be its best. NED LANNAMANN

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