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The Lower 48, Death Songs, Brothers Young 

When: Fri., July 6, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $7
Usually I'm quick to judge yearning, soft, pretty music as corny, but I'll make exceptions when music is as sincere and delicate as this. The young and vibrant, Minneapolis-born/Portland-based folk outfit the Lower 48 has been getting songs stuck in my head (and heart, as much as I hate to admit it) since last year's full-length release Where All Maps End. Highlights from the album include familiar acoustic instrumentation and polite vocals on songs like "Traveling Tune" that nod to Sufjan Stevens' early work, and enchanting pop melodies on "Into the Woods." I got a sneak peek of a very promising unreleased track "Rabbit Hole" that makes a departure from simple, sweet folk to more chamber-meets-psych (i.e., a more Portland sound). Take that, Midwest—they're ours now! ROCHELLE HUNTER

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