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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

  • She Saw Things/Jen Downer
Another week, another jam-packed Mercury music section that will outright ruin your teeth. No vote required.

Portland's Blue Cranes (pictured above) is more than a post-jazz ensemble. It's a collection of songwriters. It's an assemblage of like-minded improvisers. It's an outfit that embraces more styles and genres that perhaps any other band in town. And it's also a support group. (P.S. Hey, we're giving away a pair of tickets to see them Friday at Mississippi Studios—right here!)

LISTEN: Blue Cranes - "Everything Is Going to Be Okay"

Tame Impala's dimension-spanning space rock comes from the most isolated city on the planet—Perth, Australia.

LISTEN: Tame Impala - "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

Blood Ceremony are a welcome throwback to the simpler days of rock—the days when it was possible to be as influenced by Fairport Convention as Black Sabbath, when the pagan lyrical imagery was just for show, when you could still get away with using a flute, fer chrissakes.

LISTEN: Blood Ceremony - "Goodbye Gemini"

Chvrches are synthpop done right, correct spelling be danmed.

LISTEN: Chvrches - "Recover"

Youth Lagoon is like a musical asylum of the mind. And you thought Wondrous Bughouse was all about insects.

LISTEN: Youth Lagoon - "Dropla"

Plus a few more Up & Coming previews than usual.

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