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John Grant and Judson Claiborne


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Fri., June 21, 9 p.m. 2013 21+

Doug Fir

Somehow still relegated to cult favorite, John Grant's path away from his former life as singer for the Czars has taken yet another bend with his second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts. Just as his debut solo LP, Queen of Denmark, writhed in a kind of self-loathing psychotherapy—Grant mining his '70s FM radio influences with the fantastic Midlake as backing band—Pale Green Ghosts' transparent emotional hubris and '80s dance-club vibe offers an intriguing sound-space for such threadbare lyricism. There are still flashes of the piano-led easy-listening tunes Grant expertly delivers (tongue-in-cheek though they may be), and vocal cameos from Sinead O'Connor flesh out a creepy harmonic interplay. Anyone who has the balls to write a line like, "I am the greatest motherfucker that you're ever gonna meet" is someone you should pay attention to. Pale Green Ghosts ought to be on the shortlist for album of the year. RYAN J. PRADO

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.
  • Fri., June 21, 9 p.m. 2013
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