Recommended by Ben Salmon
Every night in Portland’s music venues, you’re bound to find someone playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and maybe even banjo. But you don’t often see a lute—that ancient half-egg-shaped instrument that looks like a stubby guitar but sounds crisper, brighter, and more resonant than its six-stringed cousin. The lute’s old-world quality is the centerpiece of the groovy, organic, mesmerizing, and omnivorous sounds of Xylouris White, the moniker of Greek lute player George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White. The duo’s new album Mother is different, but not difficult; it’s accessible, but it’s not like everything else. It’s a distinctive and restless blend of folk music, punk spirit, avant-jazz dance rhythms, stirring drones, and eastern hemisphere vibes. Shout-out to the lute, and shout-out to Xylouris White.
1001 SE Morrison, Portland, OR 97214
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