Blind Pilot, "Go On Say It"

Lykke Li, Friendly Fires at Neumos, 8 p.m., $15

Erika Hobart wrote this about Lykke Li for Wire this


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Blind Pilot, "Go On Say It"

Lykke Li, Friendly Fires at Neumos, 8 p.m., $15

Erika Hobart wrote this about Lykke Li for Wire this week:

The latest Swedish indie-pop act to attempt a stateside crossover comes in the form of a pint-sized 22-year-old named Lykke Li (pronounced Lick-ee Lee). Admittedly, it’s easy to be cynical about every cute new female singer-songwriter flooding the genre. But Li’s Youth Novels is an exceptional debut album full of introspective—and totally sexual—lyrics set to a complementary background of sparse instrumentation and gentle beats. In songs like her breakthrough hit “Little Bit,” Li laments her vulnerability in a hapless relationship: “For you I keep my legs apart/And forget about my tainted heart/And I will never ever be the first to say it’s still a game over.” Li can hush a crowded room with her soft-spoken confessions. And just when the girl gets borderline drippy, she demonstrates her mean kazoo-playing skills.

See Me River, Blind Pilot, Great American, at Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $6

Raechel Sims wrote this when Blind Pilot came to town a couple months ago. If you missed that show, you might wanna check out this one:

A certain amount of respect should automatically be awarded to any Portland band that possess the huevos to use the all-encompassing blanket phrase "folk-rock" as a self-descriptor AND adorns the cover of their debut album with hand-drawn rainbows. It's only after acknowledging this fact that one can truly appreciate the soaring, solid genius of duo Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski's Blind Pilot. The band's success is coming on much like the crawling smoke that frames the video for "Go On Say It," the single from their debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound that was recently chosen for the iTunes "Single of the Week" after indie-chanteuse Aimee Mann personally placed it in the hands of an Apple Music executive. But how do you argue with the earnest quell of Nebeker's voice, or the gentle swish of the brushed drums? Featuring a rotating circus of violinists, percussionists and even horns on occasion, Blind Pilot's live shows produce a sound that's organic without lacking refinement and calculated without sounding rehearsed. And the band embarked on its first large-scale tour of the West Coast not by van, not by plane, but by bicycle. If Blind Pilot's current combination of legitimate talent, dumb luck and general whimsy are any indication of their future as a band, their success is all but guaranteed– and you're just going to have to deal with that album artwork.

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