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Ken Stringfellow and The Maldives


Mississippi Studios (map) North
Wed., Jan. 23, 9 p.m. 2013 21+


The first thing I ever wrote for the Mercury was a preview for a Posies show, when I was but a dewy-eyed, 18-year-old boy (as opposed to the 21-year-old manboy I am today). It was around the time of the Posies' 2010 LP, Blood/Candy, which was a flawless pop comeback if ever there was one. Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, the two constant members of the Posies, are well into their 40s, yet somehow managed to make a record as raw and vernal as their early work. Comparatively, Stringfellow's new record, Danzig in the Moonlight, is movingly disappointing. Gone is pretty much all and any semblance of power pop, the genre that the Posies peerlessly personify. Danzig is dark, subdued, and generally lacking in terms of melody, perhaps the sole constituent that in the past has ranked Stringfellow so far above his peers. I get it: He's going for the "mature solo artist" thing. But sometimes growing up is the worst thing you can do. Stringfellow also plays an in-store at Music Millennium (3158 E Burnside) earlier in the evening. MORGAN TROPER

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

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