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LVL UP, Palm, Great Grandpa, Strange Ranger


Mississippi Studios North
Mon., March 6, 8 p.m. 2017 21+


LVL UP’s Return to Love might be the best indie rock album of 2016 that almost didn’t get made. After self-releasing two full-lengths and a slew of EPs on Double Double Whammy, the four-piece made a pact that if they didn’t get someone else to put out their music, they’d hang it up for good. Instead, Seattle’s Sub Pop Records signed them on for a third full-length. It’s a joyous and angry meditation on nature, relationships, and modern spirituality. Songs like “Hidden Driver” and “Naked in the River with the Creator” welcome the world and all its vastness, the former with a revved-up Neutral Milk Hotel-inspired mix of distorted acoustics, and the latter with a slowly decaying organ melody that closes the album à la the Microphones. LVL UP’s indie rock references to “the holy” are rare in a genre that’s been particularly godless since Jeff Mangum’s howlings of “I love you Jesus Christ.” This approach certainly risks alienation, but Return to Love addresses religion without any pretense or cheesiness—instead with bursts of beauty and refreshing, un-apathetic honesty. CAMERON CROWELL

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Mon., March 6, 8 p.m. 2017