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Coco Columbia, LiquidLight, Childspeak

Recommended

Mississippi Studios North
Tue., Jan. 16, 9 p.m. 2018 21+

$5

Coco Columbia

Recommended by Morgan Troper

It might seem like power pop and prog rock are diametrically opposed—the former genre values tightly constructed, sub-three-minute gems, while the latter is defined by sweeping, neoclassical epics and Tolkien allusions—but that wasn’t even the case in the ’70s. The more succinct material from early Peter Gabriel-led Genesis owes an awful lot to crunchy ’60s pop bands like the Kinks and the Move, and even Emerson, Lake, and Palmer—the most excessive classic prog band—toyed with power pop in the form of 1978’s Love Beach, a painfully earnest record that sounds like the Bay City Rollers with expensive synthesizers. Inversely, power pop auteur Todd Rundgren got his prog kicks with Utopia, the band responsible for some of the worst album art of the decade. (And that’s saying something.) Portland’s Liquidlight are one of the only modern bands I can think of that embraces this forbidden union, and their new album Wicked Radio is like if someone put the contents of my iPod Shuffle from high school into a blender. Singers Anthony Medici and Cory West craft nasal vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Posies’ Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, but they’re also way more adept than your average Big Star votaries, as evidenced by the technical bombast of “Too Much!” and the staggering “Disappearing Ink,” which reimagines Yes’ Fragile as a shoegaze landmark. Liquidlight is just as good when it’s sticking to the script: “Nice Guy”—despite its tired conceit—is jangle-pop gold replete with “I Am the Cosmos”-caliber guitar pyrotechnics.

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227
288-3895
http://www.mississippistudios.com/

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