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Your Rival, Kyle Parasi, Fourth Wall 

When: Sun., Feb. 16, 9 p.m. 2014
Both the Facebook summary and Bandcamp profile of Your Rival pithily describe the Portland band's music as "fun songs about horrible things." And that's accurate (unlike the bio section of the Facebook page, which seems to be the Wikipedia plot summary of the 1982 horror film Parasite). No matter: All you need to know about Your Rival can be found in the vast, variegated hooks smeared across Here's to Me, released last fall on Party Damage Records. That's where the passionate and powerful pop-rock of songwriter Mo Troper—a Mercury contributor—brings to mind Superchunk and Blue Album-era Weezer. (If you've been longing for another "Only in Dreams" since the mid-'90s, check out Your Rival's "What I Look for in a Man.") And for every couple blazers on Here's to Me, there's a frayed, lo-fi bedroom confessional that illuminates Troper's emo side. Add it all up and you've got one endlessly listenable slice of melancholic fuzz. BEN SALMON

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