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MusicfestNW: Vampire Weekend, John Vanderslice, Lackthereof 

When: Fri., Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m. 2008
Price: $18
While the much ballyhooed Vampire Weekend may be the marquee attraction, it's John Vanderslice, one of mood-rock's most mildly unsung heroes, who stands to markedly dent the shell. Nothing against Vampire Weekend: They're interesting in the way that stopping to watch little kids burn ants with a magnifying glass is interesting, but you can only stomach the "Best New Band" hype for so long without wanting to burn yourself with a magnifying glass. Vanderslice's 2007 release Emerald City spun sentimental tales of longing alongside sadistically scrappy electro-folk ballads, earning a whole new batch of admirers on top of the critical acclaim of his various other solo endeavors, and cementing his status as something of an indie rock elder statesman. The vinegar-and-oil pairing of these two artists is passable only in hazy festival logic, akin to having Dylan open for the Bee Gees (I hope that didn't ever really happen). RJP

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