MusicfestNW

The Dodos, Bleeding Rainbow, Queen Kwong

When: Sat., Sept. 7, 9 p.m. 2013

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I became hooked on San Francisco band the Dodos after catching them at a festival in the summer of 2008. It was shortly after the release of their second album, Visiter, which I stuck on repeat long after hearing the band live. I watched in the hot Coney Island sun as Meric Long finger-picked acoustic guitars alongside Logan Kroeber's mind-blowingly technical syncopated drumbeats, and the pair managed to deliver a captivating set that soared above the rattling tracks and screams of Cyclone riders off to the side of the stage. The Star Theater should be a much better fit for the MFNW alums, who return to Portland the week after the release of their fifth album, Carrier.  The album follows their outstanding 2011 release, No Color, and finds the group expanding their established folk roots with more electric guitar, offering plenty of moments sure to rival those Visiter-era favorites in the live setting. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

Price: $15

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