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Cults, Cullen Omori, Hideout


Star Theater Downtown
Wed., Nov. 1, 9:30 p.m. 2017 21+


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Cults is the Willy Wonka of bubblegum pop. On 2011’s Cults and 2013’s Static, melodies are saturated with sugar, untethered from their moorings, and left to float around the factory. The New York band’s breakthrough single, “Go Outside,” is almost overbearingly twee, with xylophone and lyrics about frolicking in the sunshine. But throbbing bass lines and a sample of Jonestown cult leader Jim Jones cut the cute and allow darkness to lurk in the shadows. There’s an intoxicating contrast between the sweet and the sinister, especially on tracks like “Always Forever,” where frontwoman Madeline Follin sings, “You and me, always forever/Say you’ll stay, never be severed.” Last month Cults released its best record to date, Offering, which moves away from the rosy, candy-coated pop in favor of something even more gripping. CIARA DOLAN

Star Theater

13 NW 6th, Portland, OR 97209

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  • Wed., Nov. 1, 9:30 p.m. 2017