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Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen, Wampire 

When: Thu., March 7, 9 p.m. 2013
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s self-titled debut from 2011 made the Portland band sound like inheritors of Beck’s early kitchen-sink pop; the deliriously endearing album plastered fatback funk and lackadaisical boom-bap to artfully damaged neopsych. These days UMO are leaning a little harder on the psychedelic elements in that mix, and their recent II (Jagjaguwar) sometimes sounds like an artifact from the golden age of acid-tinged experimental rock in the late 60s. For most of II the band sounds even more cool and relaxed than on its debut, and front man Ruban Nielson sings with such mellow serenity that you half expect him to drift off and start humming instead. Overall the album feels like a day at the beach in the Pepperland of Yellow Submarine—the wah-tinged “Monki” in particular conjures up images of dragon-shaped clouds floating above placid rainbow-striped waves. UMO seem pretty sleepy during parts of II, but the livelier tunes—“So Good at Being in Trouble,” “One at a Time”—pack enough of a kick to keep you from nodding off when the music chills out. —Leor Galil Foxygen and Wampire open.

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