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Ariel Pink, Telecaves

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Revolution Hall (map) Southeast
Thu., Oct. 19, 9 p.m. 2017 21+

Ariel Pink
$26.75-31.75

The last time Ariel Pink played Portland, I left halfway through his set. He was on tour behind 2014’s Pom Pom, an album that sounds like radioactive synthesizers, millennial pink crayons, and decades of sexual frustration puréed through a dull blender—in a good way! Inspired by the absurdity of his hometown of Los Angeles, Pink approaches pop music like a mad scientist, deconstructing melodies and sewing them back together to create bizarre lo-fi masterpieces. With his new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, Pink eulogizes the late singer/songwriter Bobby Jameson, who strived for mainstream success in the 1960s and ’70s but never quite made the big time. There are clear parallels between Pink and Jameson’s careers: Both have been painted as either misunderstood geniuses or controversial antiheros of pop music. Beginning with the opening track, “Time to Meet Your God,” the record follows Jameson’s multiple near-death experiences and subsequent rebirths and reinventions through Manson-era psychedelia (“Dreamdate Narcissist”), artificially sweetened pop (“Bubblegum Dreams”), and experimental chaos (“Time to Live”). It’s a good record, and it’s very LA; you can practically hear the Santa Ana winds rustling through palm trees on “Another Weekend.” Unfortunately, all I remember from Pink’s 2015 concert at the Roseland is lots of feedback and onstage egomania. CIARA DOLAN



Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark #110, Portland, OR 97214

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