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Heartless Bastards, David Vandervelde and Brian Lopez


Aladdin Theater (map) Southeast
Sun., April 8, 8 p.m. 2012 21+


On Valentine's Day, Heartless Bastards debuted their fourth album, Arrow, and a whole new sound. Gone are the pedal steel, banjo, and fiddle that were so central to 2009's The Mountain. In their place is solid, straightforward rock 'n' roll that gives equal sonic space to Erika Wennerstrom's astonishing vocals as it does to the guitars, drums, and bass. The stripped-down aesthetic is partially the responsibility of producer Jim Eno, AKA Spoon's drummer. Folk music only makes a brief cameo on "Low Low Low" (which sounds nothing like Flo Rida), just before the last and most rocking song on the album, "Down in the Canyon." Arrow is deliberately paced, unaffected, and yes, mature sounding. Here's hoping that this latest phase sticks for the long haul. REBECCA WILSON

Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie, Portland, OR 97202
Hours: Open for shows only.

Venue Hours
  • Open for shows only.
Event Times
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  • Sun., April 8, 8 p.m. 2012
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