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Cigarettes After Sex


Doug Fir Lounge Southeast
Sat., Sept. 9, 9 p.m. 2017 21+


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Cigarettes After Sex isn’t a very good band name. In fact, it’s horrendous, and invokes the pseudo-noir aesthetic of moody Instagram filters and reclaimed Edison bulb lamps and writing on a typewriter in 2017. But frontman Greg Gonzalez leans into this curated vibe on the Brooklyn-via-El Paso group’s self-titled debut, released in June on Partisan Records. It’s an excellent dream-pop record, if you can tune out the lyrics—the worst offender is “Apocalypse,” with the profoundly lazy rhyme “Your lips, my lips/Apocalypse.” It’s an album about modern love, but as the Guardian said in their review, “Gonzalez has a habit of writing about sex in a manner that somehow suggests he only saw a lady naked for the first time last week and is still reeling from the experience.” He’s a master of ambient melody, though, whisper-crooning his subpar lyrics like he’s singing lullabies in a sleeping bear’s cave. Cigarettes After Sex slingshotted into the mainstream this past spring, when their song “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” (from the 2012 EP I.) was featured in an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. And like all Cigarettes After Sex songs, the music is gorgeous and hypnotic, but the words are eyeroll-inducing: “Nothing’s gonna hurt you baby/As long as you’re with me, you’ll be just fine.” CIARA DOLAN

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

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  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
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  • Sat., Sept. 9, 9 p.m. 2017