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Resolectrics, Steelhead, Jeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel 

When: Fri., Feb. 15, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $8-10
Sloan Martin called it a day with longtime local band Celilo and went down to Los Angeles to hang with his brothers for a spell. There, he came up with the songs that make up the debut EP from his new Portland-based band, Steelhead. Tonight sees the release of Blue Sun, and it jettisons some of the overtly Americana sounds of Celilo in favor of a more contemporary, urban, noir-ish vibe. The smog of LA hangs heavy over Blue Sun, finding room for a slicker, smokier sound that's a good fit for Martin. Over the years, Celilo—through circumstance and chance—became a haunted band, most notably when drummer Kipp Crawford was killed in a bike-auto collision in 2009. Steelhead, and Blue Sun, is the sound of Martin putting his ghosts in the rearview mirror. But what makes the EP so compelling are the shadows those ghosts still manage to cast, even all the way down to sunny Los Angeles. Blue Sun is the sound of wishing to become numb and, thankfully, failing. NED LANNAMANN

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