Live

Harvey Girls, Levator, Cherimoya

When: Fri., Aug. 23 2013

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Holladay is the Harvey Girls' third EP release this year, and it's the Portland trio's most rocking and straightforward release yet. That's not to say it's conventional—it opens with a pair of mathy prog-rock exercises to make you properly dizzy, before settling into the catchy (relative) pop of "Bacon's Autobiography of the Moon." It's rounded out by the slow smorgasbord of "Jittery Anne" and the dark basement-psych grunt of "Red Plastic Chairs." Still, despite all the weird trappings, this is the Harvey Girls at their most accessible to date, and the most cleanly representative of their current live show, which is a marked evolution from their strange folk-stew home recordings from a couple years ago. They celebrate the fascinating EP's release tonight, and have plans to follow it up with another EP by year's end. NED LANNAMANN

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