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Thursday To-Do: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at Stickyz Thursday.
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at Stickyz Thursday.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
9 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $12 day of.


This show has been marked on a lot of folks' calendars for several months now. Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra has only been around for about seven minutes (OK, three years if you wanna be accurate about it) but the band has already gone from elusive Bandcamp mystery to award-winning psych-pop outfit with two critically acclaimed albums under its belt.

The trio put to rest any concerns about a sophomore slump with its follow-up, "II," also earning a generally warm reception. The first album had an appealingly underwater-sounding lo-fi mix while "II" puts just a tad more shine on the sound, but only a tad.

At its core, this is still music that manages to sound like a long-lost '60s psych nugget, yet also something totally otherworldly. It's much more than just three dudes going through the motions of perfectly recreating something from a bygone era.


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