Pitchfork, please shut up about Portland. Yes, they have good music. And Nick Jaina seems to have a lock on P-Towns vagabonds, an inspired mix of Paul Simon/Elvis Perkinsesque folk, country, and indie Americana. The others in his showplaying the fiddle, the upright bass, and the antique ice-cream makerhail from the likes of Invisible Rockets, Laura Gibson, Heroes & Villains, and the Music for Robots favorite, Loch Lomond. In late January, hell release WOOL, a solo album (with piano) of soft lullabies. But now his live shows are even poppier than the tunes on his previous release, The 7 Stations. Dont believe me? Ask for Singing the Devils Tune, and try not to explode with joy afterward. With Kitchen Syncopators and Gill Landry.
Listen to Nick Jaina's "The Whim of the Ruling Class."
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Fri., Nov. 23, 9 p.m., 2007