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Neil Halstead and Alina Hardin


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Sat., Oct. 20, 6 p.m. 2012 21+

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I'd rather be bummed out by Neil Halstead than just about anybody else. His first band, Slowdive, were shoegaze pioneers, and their 1993 album Souvlaki is still what I put on to force a case of the weepies. On Halstead's new, third solo album, Palindrome Hunches, Halstead is just as melancholy, though about 75 percent more minimalist than his shoegaze roots or even than his highly folk-driven second band, Mojave 3. It's impossible to talk about Palindrome Hunches without mentioning Nick Drake—the gorgeously affecting vocals, the acoustic guitar—but as melancholy as it is, there's none of Drake's hopelessness. Part of this is thanks to Halstead's brilliant harmonies, as well as to a judicious sprinkling of catchy hooks, best shown on "Bad Drug and Minor Chords." And while the album sounds sparse, violins provide warmth and companionship at times.  The song "Hey Daydreamer" is positively upbeat! REBECCA WILSON

Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Sat., Oct. 20, 6 p.m. 2012
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