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The Chameleons Vox, Soft Kill, Draa, Human Leather


Tonic Lounge Northeast
Thu., Sept. 7, 8 p.m. 2017 21+


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From the Chameleons Vox to Soft Kill, this bill is stacked with outstanding post-punk. But the highlight is Human Leather, an electro-pop duo from Salt Lake City that released one of the best debuts of the year, Lazy Karaoke. Across nine songs, Adam Klopp and Chaz Costello—who are also members of rising SLC bands Choir Boy and Sculpture Club—resurrect the 1980s with dark and glittering synths, thumping electronic drum beats, and Klopp’s androgynous vocals, which he attributes to a childhood spent singing in Mormon church choirs. It’s intoxicating—the kind of music you’ll want to crawl inside and inhabit forever, especially if you’re a fan of Kate Bush, John Maus, Drab Majesty, or Arthur Russell. With its gothic imagery and hauntingly romantic melodies, Lazy Karaoke could soundtrack video games or horror movies. The record’s standout is “Ugly Sister,” a downtempo ballad that orbits around the too-relatable lyric “Everything is fucking scary/Everything is arbitrary.” Expect to lose yourself in dry ice clouds and Human Leather’s transfixing dance moves. CIARA DOLAN

Tonic Lounge

3100 NE Sandy, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 853-1264
Hours: Daily 3pm-2:30am

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  • Daily 3pm-2:30am
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This event is in the past.
  • Thu., Sept. 7, 8 p.m. 2017