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Blitzen Trapper

8 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

Based on the title track of Blitzen Trapper's Destroyer of the Void, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all bands from the Pacific Northwest employ bucolic five-part harmonies. It's true that this Portland-based band bears some similarities to Sub Pop labelmates Fleet Foxes in the group-singing department, but Blitzen Trapper opts for a more shaggy, classic-rock vibe to even out the peaceful, easy Americana feelings. Elsewhere on Destroyer, singer Eric Earley leads the band through XTC-esque pop songs, Supertramp-indebted piano stompers and enough proggy synth flourishes to keep early Genesis fans happy. But Earley is a storyteller by trade, and his easygoing tenor is an invitation to his knotty and beguiling lyrics.

 
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