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John Grant

JEFF ROSENBERG
9 pm., Friday June 21 | $12 advance, $14 day of show.
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St.
 
[UNEASY LISTENING] After cutting his acclaimed solo debut, Queen of Denmark—reputable rock rag Mojo’s surprise 2010 Album of the Year—in Texas with mellow backing band Midlake, onetime Czars singer John Grant unexpectedly decamped to Reykjavík to record the follow-up with Biggi Veira, member of electro-poppers GusGus. Perhaps his decision was partly in reaction to some unfair backlash over Denmark’s alleged indebtedness to ’70s “soft rock.” While some of Pale Green Ghosts could be considered “uneasy listening,” Grant’s melodic ear and smooth voice—conjuring the dude who sang the Alan Parsons Project’s “Eye in the Sky,” or a sweeter Stephen Merritt—bely his dark lyrics. Reminiscent of Morrissey’s mordancy, with outlandish metaphors delivered straight-faced, they’re marred only slightly by his reflexive use of the F-word in seemingly every fucking song.

Where: Doug Fir Lounge
Phone: 231-9663
Address: 830 E Burnside St.
Website: www.dougfirlounge.com

 
 

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR
 
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