Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tonight in Music: Lana Del Rey, Eye of Nix and Max Cooper!

Posted by on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM


(WaMu Theater) It doesn’t matter that she used to be a failed musician called Lizzy Grant (and several other names), or that her past personas looked and sang completely differently than the Lana Del Rey we see draped across posters now. And I’m not interested in the alleged fibs/ploys when it comes to her backstory and just how rich her dad might be. All that matters: Is she talented? Your stance on that voice is a personal choice (or maybe a genetic thing, like cilantro; also, respect to Jackson Hathorn’s take in this week’s Underage column), but I find it skews too closely to the cringeyyy side of sultry. SO SULTRY, and low, but with hints of pouty dramatic baby on downers, with an arsenal of sloppy accents? Oh, and in one flimsy song about coming of age, she whispers the words “Pabst Blue Ribbon on Ice.” Gew. EMILY NOKES
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(Black Lodge) The doom vibes at this show are going to be thick as hell. Australia band Whitehorse’s new album, Raised Into Darkness, is a forbidding trudge through the nine circles of Hell. All hope is abandoned in a slow-motion landslide of downtuned guitars, hammer-on-coffin-lid beats, and condemned-man snarls. Portland’s Atriarch summon swarming ordeals of dramatic metal with methodical malevolence. They sound immense, even on computer speakers. Seattle’s A Story of Rats very well could be the heaviest pagan-folk outfit this city has ever witnessed. Their charred drones and tom-tom slugs weigh a ton. Featuring the domineering, eviscerating vocals of Joy Von Spain, headliners Eye of Nix create a tumultuous brand of dark-hearted rock that makes you want to lay waste to civilization. They’ll put a triumphant grimace on your mug. DAVE SEGAL
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British producer/DJ Max Cooper is a Decibel Festival-approved favorite, and it’s easy to hear why. His music raises your pulse rate and IQ with equal efficiency. Some may know Cooper for his remixes of tracks by Portishead, Ripperton, and Hot Chip, but his own IDM/techno productions demand your respect, too. He expertly balances delicate melodic beauty with scrupulous textural shading and subtly danceable beats, resulting in tracks that are both deceptively odd and smoothly functional. Cooper’s new album, Human, is a lushly produced and intricately designed distillation of his skills. With Nordic Soul. Q Nightclub, 9 pm, $13 adv, 21+. DAVE SEGAL

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Lana Del Rey is clearly a character, and that's OK. The character is deeply codependent, and chooses to be oversexualized in order to satisfy a string of disinterested boyfriends, ending in tragedy. Born to Die (the album) is the story of a girl who is raised in a deeply patriarchal society, internalizes her role as an object, and fails to transcend victimhood. She's a tragic character, not a role model.

So, yeah, the too-sultry voice works.
Posted by Ruke on May 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM · Report this
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Lana Del Rey should be playing somewhere with better acoustics if she is a real torch singer. WaMu Theater?
Posted by biffp on May 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM · Report this

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