Recommended by Mark Lore
It didn’t take long for Dean Wareham to form Luna after breaking up his low-key, highly influential project Galaxy 500 in 1991. While Luna’s similar in mood—melancholic and built around Velvet Underground minimalism—the band added more layers and dynamics to the production. It didn’t hurt that Wareham brought in Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski and bassist Justin Harwood from New Zealand band the Chills. Luna’s lush, dreamy pop served the band well for seven excellent full-lengths and a handful of EPs before they broke up in 2005. Luna reformed last year, and made the interesting choice to release an EP of covers and a collection of instrumentals. While not necessarily satisfying, the offerings at least signaled Luna’s return to touring with the hopes of more fully realized recordings in the future. Let’s hope it comes to pass.
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"