This is a past event.

The Lower 48, Shy Girls 

When: Sun., Sept. 23, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: free
The overhanging echo of '80s R&B in the sultry slow jams of Shy Girls is undeniable, but this isn't just a case of a band trying its hardest to ape a style that's cyclically come back into vogue. Rather, the Portland band has mastered the form with a complete appreciation for all its strengths and subtleties; now they're punching new boundaries for it. Their 2011 EP Sex in the City shows a sliver of that promise, finding a weird, magic pocket of swing and soul within its rigid electronic beats—it's that point just before funk gets stiff, where bump 'n' grind feels sexy without becoming pornographic. But for the real Shy Girls experience, get yourself in front of a stage where they are playing. The group is playful but tight, transforming these suggestive mating calls into something much grander. Bring a date, and become a believer: Shy Girls are one of the best live bands in town right now. NED LANNAMANN

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